People recover fully from many workplace injuries. In other cases, however, pain lingers long after the accident occurs. The pain may take the form of severe headaches, migraines, back pain, neck pain, neurogenic pain and fibromyalgia. On-the-job chronic pain syndromes have many etiologies or causes: injuries to the disks, back, neck and spine, severe burns, repetitive stress — sadly, the list is a long one.
Workers’ compensation disability awards for chronic pain may be granted as permanent total disability (weekly payments for life to people unable to work) and permanent partial disability (benefits based on a percentage of a person’s legal disability).
Am I Eligible for Workers’ Compensation Benefits?
Before you root your legal plan of action in the workers’ compensation benefits claims process, it’s important to ascertain that you are, indeed, eligible for workers’ compensation benefits. Too often, workers are under the impression that they are eligible for coverage simply because they are employed. Yes, most full-time and part-time workers in the U.S. are eligible for workers’ compensation benefits. However, there are exceptions to this general rule. For example, workers in certain specialty industries (including railroad workers, many maritime workers, and some domestic and agricultural workers) aren’t eligible for these benefits. Additionally, workers employed at companies that have only a handful of individuals on their payroll may not be eligible for benefits because their employers are exempt from coverage requirements. Finally, independent contractors – who are properly classified as independent contractors – are also ineligible for these benefits. If you’re unsure of whether you’re eligible for workers’ comp or you suspect that you may be improperly classified as an independent contractor because you perform the work of an employee, it’s important to speak with an experienced Atlanta, GA chronic pain injury lawyer about your legal options. In the event that you’re ineligible for these benefits, you may benefit from exploring alternative compensation opportunities.
Do I Have Other Opportunities for Legal Recourse?
Depending on the circumstances surrounding your injuries, you may be able to file a personal injury claim related to the harm you’re suffering. If you think that you may be interested in this opportunity, you’ll want to act quickly, as the law only allows for so long before injury victims are barred from filing legal action. Even if the statute of limitations has run regarding the primary source on your injury, it may be possible to file a claim related to any accidents caused by others that have exacerbated your pre-existing condition. Once an Atlanta, GA chronic pain injury lawyer at our firm has learned about your circumstances and evaluated your situation, our team will be able to advise you of your legal options accordingly. These legal options may or may not include an opportunity to file a personal injury claim.
Can I File My Claim(s) on My Own?
While it is technically possible to file a workers’ compensation claim on one’s own, it is generally inadvisable to do so in cases involving chronic pain. It’s tough for workers’ compensation claims adjusters to reject claims related to accidents caused on jobsites because these situations are fairly straightforward, often involve witnesses, etc. In chronic pain cases, claims adjusters may try to protect their employers’ bottom line by questioning whether the pain that individuals are experiencing are related to their lifestyle outside of work, unrelated health challenges, etc. When you work with an Atlanta, GA chronic pain injury lawyer at our firm, you can be confident that you’re presenting the strongest possible case and that your claim has the greatest possible chance of approval “the first time around.”
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Wage loss or differential compensation helps people with long-term disabilities remain at their preinjury earning capacities, and medical benefits help pay for treatment after work-related injuries.
People with chronic pain may have to try different types of medical treatment such as medications, physical therapy, aqua therapy, acupuncture, etc. Many workers with chronic pain also need home health care assistance, which may be an additional benefit the worker may be entitled to.
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If you are afflicted with job-caused chronic pain, Tillman & Associates can help you file for total disability or partial Social Security Disability benefits. If a third party was negligent in causing your condition, you may be entitled to additional compensation through a personal injury claim.
If you are in pain caused by workplace conditions, Tillman & Associates will come to you, anywhere in Georgia. The pain doesn’t go away, but your company’s support did? Call the Atlanta. GA chronic pain injury lawyers at Tillman & Associates at 404-315-0000, toll free 800-743-3994, or drop our lawyers a brief description using this online form.