Workers Comp FAQ
What should I do if I’ve been injured at work?
You are required by law to notify your employer within 30 days of the injury. It is wise to speak with an attorney as soon as possible so he or she can communicate with your employer and its insurer on your behalf. You do not need to give any statement to the insurance company without talking to a lawyer.
How do I apply for workers’ compensation benefits?
While it is legal and possible to file the initial claim for benefits yourself, we highly recommend you speak with an attorney before you do so. Often, the best course of action is to have your lawyer take care of the initial filing so you can start your case off on the right foot. We can walk you through the application process and let you know what to expect at every step.
Who will pay my medical bills after a workplace injury?
Your employer’s workers’ compensation insurer should pay all of your medical expenses associated with an on-the-job injury. Sometimes, unfortunately, the insurer may look for reasons not to pay fully or promptly. We can communicate with the other parties on your behalf to ensure you are treated fairly.
How much will I be paid for lost wages?
Income benefits vary based on several factors, including your average weekly wage, the severity of your injury, and your ability or inability to work. We are dedicated to helping you pursue full and fair income benefits under the law.
Do I have to accept a light duty job?
Generally, yes. If a doctor restricts you to light duty and such work is available at your place of employment, you will likely have to accept light duty. If you are given a lesser-paying position or your hours are cut, you may be eligible for temporary partial disability benefits to compensate you for the lost income.
Do I need a workers’ compensation attorney?
Some people may feel that they do not need to call a lawyer because it seems that they are treated fairly and given the benefits they deserve right away. However, many cases that start out seemingly fine can go south very quickly. At Tillman & Associates, we prefer to be in it with our clients from the beginning so that we can steer the case through the complex medical and legal quagmire that is the Workers’ Compensation Act and keep the case, as they say, “between the ditches.” If you have any concerns about your case or hit any roadblocks, legal representation is essential. It is always wise to discuss your case with an attorney to ensure you are getting what you deserve.
Call Tillman & Associates For More Answers
It is normal to have many questions about your rights and options if you have been injured on the job. During our free, confidential initial consultation, we will answer your questions and gather the information we need to assist you.
Please call 404-315-0000 or 800-743-3994 toll free to discuss your case with one of our lawyers. From offices in Atlanta, we serve clients all over Georgia, traveling to represent them when necessary.