Shari can assist with your claim in a variety of ways, such as:
- Obtaining the medical treatment you need
- Calculating and then obtaining weekly wage benefits to help support yourself and your family while you are unable to return to work
- Obtaining an advance payment in the event of severe financial hardship
- Obtaining differential pay to help make up the difference between your pre-injury and post-injury earnings
- Fighting the denial of your workers’ compensation claim
- Fighting for recommencement of your workers compensation benefits if they have been wrongfully stopped
- Explaining your options for applying for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits in the event you are permanently disabled by your injury or illness
- Determining whether there are any other legal claims, such as EEOC claims, that arise from your job injury
- Assisting with returning to work issues
- Settling your case in an efficient and successful manner
Employees who are injured at work are entitled to prompt medical treatment, paid by the employer and often to income benefits for lost time or permanent disability. In most cases, injured workers are entitled to receive these benefits even if they are at fault. For injuries occurring on or after July 1, 2015, the maximum benefit is $550 per week.
If you are injured at work, medical benefits become available immediately. Your employer is required to have a panel of physicians posted and injured workers are allowed to select a doctor off of the panel. For injuries occurring after July 1, 2013, medical benefits are available for up to 400 weeks from the date of injury.
For workers who are disabled by an authorized physician, income benefits should begin approximately 21 days after the date of injury. No taxes are deducted from or paid on workers compensation benefits and income benefits are based on two-thirds of an individual’s weekly earnings for about three months before the injury.
When job injury cases are litigated, attorneys’ fees are limited by law. Fees of more than $100 must be approved by the State Board of Workers Compensation.
Any Georgia employer with three or more employees regularly in service is required to have workers compensation insurance. If you have been injured at work and are not receiving your medical or income benefits, please call Attorney Shari S. Miltiades at (912) 354-8122 today for a consultation.