Most workplaces are relatively safe. However, some employers cut corners to save a few dollars. Sooner or later, those risky choices cause serious work injuries. If you suffered a workplace injury, you need to contact an Atlanta work injury lawyer.
Our Atlanta injury lawyers have successfully represented work injury victims for decades. We’ll deliver the best customer service and the greatest result. Our prior wins and our 5-star client reviews validate that promise.
Common Workplace Accidents
At Graham Scofield Injury Lawyers, we typically handle the following types of workplace accidents:
- Construction Accidents
- Electrocution Accidents
- Fires and Explosions
- Forklift Accidents
- Hazardous Materials Exposure – The most common substances that injure workers include paint, lead, asbestos, pesticides, and toxic exhaust.
- Motor Vehicle Incidents– Many employers force their employees work long hours. Employee fatigue causes many work-related car accidents.
- Overexertion and Repetitive Stress Injuries
- Penetration injuries
- Slip and Fall Accidents – Your employer should take reasonable steps to prevent your workplace slip and fall injury. For instance, they should: establish safe walking routes, remove clutter, and make sure that employees wear safe footwear.
- Workplace Violence – Workplace tension sometimes leads to violence, such as physical assaults and homicides. These factors increase the risk of workplace violence: alcohol consumption, isolated working conditions, and local crime.
- Wrongful death incidents
If you’ve got questions about how your employer should prevent workplace accidents, contact an Atlanta work injury lawyer.
Common Workplace Injuries
Many work injury victims suffer the following injuries:
- Amputation Injuries
- Back Injuries
- Brain Injuries
- Broken Bones
- Burn Injuries
- Carpal tunnel syndrome
- Chest Injuries
- Gun Shot Wounds
- Hearing Loss
- Neck and Whiplash Injuries
- Nerve Damage
- Paralysis Injuries
- Raynaud’s disease/Hand-arm vibration syndrome
- Respiratory Injuries
- Spinal Cord Injuries
- Spinal Disc Injuries
- Vision Loss
Contact our Atlanta work injury lawyers to learn how you can recover compensation for your injuries.
Who is Liable for an Atlanta Workplace Injury?
Your employer is typically liable for your injuries. You can obtain compensation by filing a workers’ comp claim. Georgia requires most employers to carry workers’ comp insurance. However, railroad carriers, U.S. government agencies, domestic servants, and farm laborers don’t have to carry workers’ comp insurance.
If you’re unsure whether you’re covered by workers comp, call our Atlanta work injury lawyers. We’ll figure out whether you’re covered.
If you’re covered by workers’ comp, you can’t sue your employer. However, you can sue them if they:
- Didn’t purchase worker’s comp insurance
- Wrongfully denied your claim; or
- Intentionally injured you.
If a third party harmed you, you can sue them. For instance, heavy machines injure many workers. If the machine malfunctioned, you can sue the machine manufacturer. Also, if a third party’s employee injured you, you can sue the third party.
Work Injury Compensation
Georgia workers’ comp benefits replace some of your lost wages. Those benefits also cover your medical bills. However, workers’ comp benefits don’t cover your pain and suffering damages. You can only recover those damages if a third party harmed you.
Third-party injury claims enable you to recover the following damages:
- Disability and disfigurement
- Earning capacity losses
- Lost wages
- Medical costs
- Pain and suffering
You may not know if a third party harmed you. That’s OK. Our Atlanta work injury lawyers will figure that out for you.
Atlanta Work Injury Filing Deadline
There is a one-year window to file Georgia workers’ comp claims. Georgia’s workers’ comp statute of limitations (SOL) encourages victims to act quickly before memories fade and evidence disappears. If you don’t file your workers’ comp claim before the SOL expires, the court may dismiss your case.
One year might sound like a long time. But, it’s not. Work injury investigations may take many months. It also often takes 3-6 months for your lawyer to acquire your medical records. If medical causation is disputed, your lawyer may also have to hire an expert to review the case before filing it. Therefore, you should contact an Atlanta work injury lawyer ASAP.
Steps To Take After An Atlanta Work Injury Accident
If you suffered a workplace injury, you should take the following steps to protect your rights:
Get your injuries treated: You should always get your injuries treated ASAP. If you don’t, your injuries might not heal. Additionally, the insurance adjuster will low-ball your claim if you don’t seek medical treatment.
Notify your employer: You should always notify your employer as soon as you’re injured. If you wait longer than 30 days, their worker’s comp carrier may deny your claim. Also, when you notify your employer, they’ll hopefully make the workplace safer. That way, your co-workers won’t suffer similar injuries.
Call a work injury lawyer: Don’t handle your work injury claim on your own. If you do, the insurance adjuster will take advantage of you. An Atlanta work injury lawyer will:
- Accurately complete your claim paperwork
- Evaluate your damages
- Investigate the accident
- Resolve you work injury claim for top value
- Timely file your workers comp claim
Our Atlanta Work Injury Lawyers Can Help You
At Graham Scofield Injury Lawyers, we understand that work injuries are traumatic. In fact, many work injury victims are permanently disabled. Thus, we’ll fight to settle your claim for top value.