Understanding Workers’ Compensation Claims in Atlanta
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If you are injured at work or while carrying out duties encompassed in the scope of your work in the state of Georgia, you are entitled to receive workers’ compensation benefits. With very few exceptions, all employers in Georgia are required to carry this type of insurance, which covers certain costs for you if you are injured while on the job.
The process of receiving your workers’ compensation benefits can be difficult, lengthy, and complex. All too often, injured workers don’t receive the full amount they are entitled to, and many have their valid workers’ compensation claims denied outright. If you are having trouble recovering your workers’ compensation benefits or simply need help navigating the process, Whiteman, Hamilton & Conklin, LLC can help. Our lawyers have over 80 years of combined experience. We can help you with all aspects of your claim so that you can focus on healing.
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First and foremost, it is important to understand that certain circumstances may prevent your ability to receive workers’ compensation benefits. Georgia workers’ compensation law states that employees who are injured as a result of “willful misconduct” may not be eligible to receive benefits. This includes alcohol and/or drug use on the job, as well as fighting, horseplay, and similar activities. For this reason, your employer may require that you submit to a drug test after you report your injury/when you receive treatment.
There are very specific rules regarding post-injury drug testing. For example, the sample must be collected within three hours (for alcohol testing) or eight hours (for drug testing) following the accident. If the sample tests positive, your employer will still need to prove that there is a causal link between the intoxication and the injury. If you refuse a drug test, your workers’ compensation claim will likely be denied under the presumption that the accident occurred as a result of intoxication/impairment.
Regardless of your unique situation, our attorneys can assist you with the following:
- Permanent disability benefits
- Third-party injuries
- Medical treatment
- Income benefits for lost earnings
- Workplace injuries
- Construction accidents
- Industrial accidents
- White collar work injuries
- Warehouse accidents
- Truck driver injuries
We are here to answer your questions and address any concerns you may have. Our firm has earned a reputation for maximizing results, and we are committed to protecting your right to fair compensation.