Workers get hurt every day on the job in Augusta and surrounding areas of Georgia. An accident could result from a distracted or clumsy co-worker, a malfunctioning machine or another piece of equipment, due to an unsafe condition, or many other factors. If you’ve been injured in a workplace accident, your health, job, and income could all be negatively impacted.
An employee who is injured in the course and scope of their work may be entitled to receive financial benefits through the state’s workers’ compensation system. For help seeking the benefits you deserve, turn to an Augusta work injury lawyer right away.
For over 25 years, Attorney Gregory Smith and the team at Gregory Smith Law, LLC have been advocating for the rights and interests of injured workers in Augusta and throughout Georgia. Our firm only handles workers’ compensation cases, which gives us extensive insight into and experience with Georgia workers’ compensation laws.
You can trust that we will aggressively pursue the full benefits you need and deserve after being injured on the job. Contact us today for a free case review to learn more about how an Augusta work injury lawyer from our firm can guide you through the process of recovering after suffering a workplace injury or illness.
- 1 Should I Get a Lawyer If I Got Hurt at Work?
- 2 Can I Sue My Employer for an Injury on the Job?
- 3 Common Types of Workplace Accidents in Augusta
- 4 Common On-the-Job Injuries
- 5 What Is the Statute of Limitations for an Injury on the Job?
- 6 What Benefits Does Georgia Workers’ Compensation Provide?
- 7 Additional Compensation for Workplace Injury Claims
- 8 Contact Our Augusta Work Injury Lawyer
Should I Get a Lawyer If I Got Hurt at Work?
You should hire a lawyer following a workplace accident if your employer has told you that it does not have workers’ compensation insurance. You should also hire an attorney if your employer or its insurer has denied your claim for benefits or if you believe you are not receiving the full benefits you are entitled to under the state workers’ compensation law.
You should also consider speaking with a lawyer if your work accident may have been caused by a non-employer third party, such as in a car accident or an accident involving defective tools or equipment.
Can I Sue My Employer for an Injury on the Job?
In most cases, you cannot sue your employer for an injury that you suffered at work. Under Georgia’s workers’ compensation law, an employee’s sole legal recourse against their employer for a work injury involves filing a workers’ compensation claim.
In exchange for giving up the right to sue an employer for a work injury, an employee gains access to legally mandated benefits from their employer regardless of who may have been at fault for the accident. The employee only needs to prove that their injury occurred in the course and scope of their job.
Common Types of Workplace Accidents in Augusta
Common examples of workplace accidents include:
- Slip/trip and fall accidents
- Falls from heights
- Being hit by falling objects
- Fires and explosions
- Motor vehicle accidents
- Forklift accidents
- Defective tools or equipment accidents
- Crush/entanglement accidents
- Workplace violence
Common On-the-Job Injuries
A few examples of injuries workers frequently suffer in Augusta include:
- Electrocution injuries
- Broken bones
- Ligament sprains and tears
- Tendon and muscle strains and tears
- Repetitive stress injuries
- Toxic exposure
- Internal organ injuries and internal bleeding
- Neck and back injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
- Head and facial injuries
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Crush injuries
What Is the Statute of Limitations for an Injury on the Job?
Under Georgia’s workers’ compensation laws, you must report a work accident and injury to your employer within 30 days. Ideally, you should report your injury in writing as soon as possible.
If you need to file a formal claim with the state board of workers’ compensation to seek workers’ comp benefits, you have one year from the date of your injury.
Waiting too long to report your injury or to file a formal claim if needed means you risk losing your eligibility to obtain workers’ compensation benefits for your injury.
What Benefits Does Georgia Workers’ Compensation Provide?
When you have suffered a work-related injury, you may be entitled to receive financial benefits from your employer through Georgia’s workers’ compensation system. These benefits can include:
- Payment for all reasonable and necessary medical treatment and rehabilitation of a work injury
- Temporary total disability benefits, which partially replace your wages when you cannot work at all while recovering from your injury
- Temporary partial disability benefits, which make up a portion of the difference in income if you can return to limited work while recovering from your injury but earn less income while on restricted duty than you did before your injury
- Permanent partial disability benefits, which provides payments based on the nature and severity of a permanent disability, limitation, or loss of a body part or bodily function due to your work injury
The surviving spouse and dependent children and stepchildren of a worker who dies due to injuries suffered on the job may be entitled to receive death benefits equal to two-thirds of the worker’s average weekly wage, subject to a maximum cap.
Additional Compensation for Workplace Injury Claims
In addition to workers’ compensation benefits, you may also be entitled to pursue a personal injury claim when the negligence of someone other than your employer and co-workers caused the accident and your injuries.
For example, if you were injured in a car accident while driving for work, or if you slipped and fell while visiting a client site, or if you were hurt by defective equipment, you may be able to pursue additional compensation through a personal injury claim. A third-party personal injury claim can allow you to recover compensation not available through workers’ comp, including:
- Total compensation of your lost wages and lost earning capacity
- Physical pain and anguish
- Emotional trauma and distress
- Loss of enjoyment or quality of life because of visible scarring/disfigurement or physical disabilities that interfere with your daily living or ability to participate in activities you previously enjoyed
Contact Our Augusta Work Injury Lawyer
If you have been injured in a workplace accident, call Gregory Smith Law, LLC for a free, no-obligation case evaluation. Don’t delay seeking the full and fair benefits you’re entitled to. Speak with our knowledgeable Augusta work injury lawyer about your case right away.