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Helping You Navigate Workers’ Compensation in South Georgia

In Georgia, the rapid rise of industrialization in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries resulted in a growing number of work-related injuries, particularly with the rise of cotton manufacturing. Along with that came increased injury litigation by textile workers. Because the old common law employer liability structure of the time failed to meet the needs of injured workers, and with the political backing of U. S. president Theodore Roosevelt, Georgia adopted the Workers’ Compensation Act in 1920. The act mandates that most Georgia employers with three or more employees provide workers’ compensation coverage by purchasing insurance or by funding approved plans of self-insurance.

Today, workers’ compensation is a crucial safety net for individuals who find themselves unable to work due to an injury sustained while on the job. Unlike personal injury claims, workers’ compensation claims do not require the injured party to prove negligence on the part of the employer. Instead, they offer financial support and medical benefits to employees who suffer work-related injuries or illnesses. But there are rules in place, including those that call for specific documentation and that govern firm deadlines. That’s where Farrar, Hennesy and Tanner comes in.

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Understanding Your Rights

At Farrar, Hennesy and Tanner, we understand that the workers’ compensation process can be daunting. That’s why we offer free initial consultations to residents of Douglas, Waycross, Tifton, Valdosta and surrounding areas in South Georgia. Whether you’re unsure if you have a valid claim or need help navigating the complexities of the system, our experienced attorneys are here to provide clarity and guidance.

Top 10 Myths About Workers’ Compensation

Despite its importance, there are many misconceptions surrounding workers’ compensation that can lead to confusion. Among the most persistent myths:

  1. Workers’ compensation is only for serious injuries: In reality, workers’ comp covers a wide range of injuries and illnesses, including minor ones.
  2. You can’t receive workers’ comp if the injury was your fault: In most cases, workers’ comp is a no-fault system, regardless of who caused the accident.
  3. You can’t receive workers’ comp if injured outside of work hours: Exceptions exist, such as injuries during work-related events outside normal hours.
  4. Workers’ comp claims are always litigious: While disputes occur, many claims are resolved without litigation.
  5. You can’t choose your own doctor: Georgia law provides some flexibility in choosing medical providers.
  6. You can’t receive workers’ comp if you were fired: Being fired doesn’t disqualify you if the injury occurred during employment.
  7. Workers’ comp only covers medical expenses: It also includes wage replacement and vocational rehabilitation.
  8. You can’t file a claim if you wait too long: There are deadlines, but extensions are possible in certain cases.
  9. Workers’ comp only applies to full-time employees: Part-time, temporary and some seasonal employees are covered.
  10. Filing a claim will harm your relationship with your employer: Employers are prohibited from retaliating against employees for filing claims.

Why choose Farrar, Hennesy and Tanner?

With a legacy of providing dedicated legal services since 1949, Farrar, Hennesy and Tanner has a proven track record of success in handling workers’ compensation cases and landing six- and seven-figure settlements or awards for clients. Our attorneys are committed to advocating for your rights and ensuring you receive the benefits you deserve.

Schedule your free case review today

Don’t let uncertainty hold you back from seeking the compensation you’re entitled to. Contact Farrar, Hennesy and Tanner today at 912-384-2287 to schedule your free case review. Whether you prefer an in-person consultation or a virtual meeting online, we’re here to support you every step of the way. Your journey to justice starts today.

Workers' Compensation Questions

How do I know if I have a case?

Were you injured in some way? Was another party at fault for your injuries? Personal injury cases are always complex and no two are ever the same. Call our experienced accident and injury attorneys today to see if you have a case.

How long does it typically take to resolve a personal injury or workers' compensation case?

The time it takes to resolve a personal injury or workers' compensation case in Georgia can vary depending on factors such as the complexity of the case, the extent of injuries, and whether settlement negotiations or litigation is involved. Generally, straightforward cases may be resolved within several months to a year, while more complex cases may take one to three years or longer to reach a resolution. Working closely with an experienced attorney can help expedite the process and ensure your case is handled efficiently.

If I am injured at work, what should I do?

Our workers' compensation attorney recommends that if you are injured on the job, you should immediately inform your employer. Also, be sure to write down all details of the incident including the names and contact information of any witnesses and take photos. Often, workers are injured and may think they have a minor injury that ends up becoming more serious. Employers will then try to claim they did not have notice of the injury and deny your rights to benefits.

How much money will I get weekly if a doctor determines I am unable to work?

If you are injured on the job and unable to work, you are entitled to weekly Temporary Total Disability (TTD) benefits. The amount of your weekly check is determined by calculating your average weekly wage in the 13 weeks prior to the date of the accident. Then, your TTD benefit amount is 2/3rds of your average weekly wage. Our workers' compensation attorneys can help you through the legal process.

If I am injured in an auto accident while on the job, can I file a workers' compensation claim and a claim against the person at fault?

Potentially. If you have been injured in a car accident while on the job, you have two distinct claims. These claims must be highly fact-based and easily provable. It is important that you work with an attorney familiar with workers' compensation and automobile claims to determine the specifics about any potentially liable persons.

Can I pursue compensation if I aggravated a pre-existing injury in the workplace?

Yes, you may still be eligible to pursue compensation if you aggravated a pre-existing injury in the workplace. However, the compensation you receive may be adjusted to account for the pre-existing condition, and proving the aggravation can be complex. Consulting with a knowledgeable attorney who understands Georgia's workers' compensation laws can help you navigate your case effectively.

Can I choose my own doctor if I've been injured on the job?

You must choose from a panel of doctors provided by your employer. However, if your employer denies your claim, or if they do not provide a doctor or panel of physicians, you may be able to choose your own.

Can I sue my employer for an on-the-job injury?

Typically, you cannot. Workers' compensation is the exclusive remedy that injured workers have for on-the-job injuries. However, if your injury on the job is caused by the negligence of a third party, you may be able to file an additional claim.

Can my employer fire me for filing a workers' compensation claim?

In Georgia, it is illegal for an employer to terminate an employee solely for filing a workers' compensation claim. Doing so would constitute retaliation, which is prohibited by state law. If you believe you have been wrongfully terminated for filing a workers' compensation claim, you may have grounds for legal action beyond your worker’s compensation claim. Farrar, Hennesy and Tanner’s network of subject matter experts includes those who have extensive knowledge of employment law and can help boost your legal claim.

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