What You Need to Know About Workers' Comp
Many workers are discouraged by stories about the difficulties involved in applying for workers’ compensation after an injury. Coworkers may share their own experiences facing a rejection or waiting for long periods of time before hearing back about an application.
The truth is that the workers’ compensation system is complex, and it can be difficult to receive benefits. However, it is important to note that injured employees should never be discouraged from applying. Between January and September of this year, the state of Georgia alone has paid a total of $212 million to injured workers, according to the Department of Labor.
If you are hoping to secure compensation after suffering a serious injury at work, let an attorney like Scott Monge of Monge & Associates help. For the last 20 years, we have been assisting injured workers in Atlanta who seek workers’ comp benefits, and you can count on the attorneys at Monge & Associates to give you their full attention throughout the application process. To arrange a consultation with Scott Monge, please call (800) 860-8021, Because You Want to Win!
1. Loss of Use Injuries
There are many work environments that put employees at risk of amputation and other permanently disabling injuries. The workers most likely to suffer these sorts of injuries are those in the manufacturing industry. Industrial machinery is incredibly dangerous, and no precaution can eliminate 100 percent of the risk.
The Star Tribune reports that federal investigators recently looked into an accident that left a worker without the use of his hand. The worker accidentally became trapped in the machinery and suffered a crushing injury. The crushing was so severe that it amputated his hand. Investigators determined that the worker was fulfilling the duties of his job by wiping away excess liquid from a laminating machine.
The machine’s safety guards were meant to prevent that type of injury, but the machine still caught on the man’s gloves and pulled in his hands. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration proposed a $70,000 fine for the accident.
2. Disfigurement Injuries
The government pays a special type of benefit to workers who suffer injuries that leave them disfigured. Whittier Daily News reports that a propane worker will likely qualify for those benefits after a serious accident. Police say that the man was filing a propane tank when a flashover explosion occurred. Flashovers are very high heat explosions, and the man immediately suffered third degree burns.
Although the employee may recover enough to continue working, he will likely receive special benefits based on the burn scars. These benefits vary in amount based on how visible the scarring is. As such, facial scars may translate to higher benefits than easily concealable disfigurements.
If you are looking for a workers’ comp lawyer in Atlanta who can help you seek benefits, call Scott Monge of Monge & Associates. We specialize in difficult claims, and we have experience helping clients re-examine applications in order to appeal a denial. To learn more, please call (800) 860-8021.