If you’ve been injured at work, the Atlanta workers' compensation lawyers at Monge & Associates, P.C. can help. All too often, we have seen good people who were hurt on the job make mistakes that are fatal to their workers’ compensation case. That’s why we wrote the book, How to Win Your Workers’ Compensation Case & Get a Big Settlement. It is our way of giving back to the community where we live, work, and raise our families.
We can’t legally say we’re the best attorneys for you because our ethical rules prohibit any lawyer from claiming to be the best. What we can tell you is we are incredibly experienced in Georgia workers' comp cases, and we treat our clients like family. If you are unsure about what to do or what your case is worth, call us. We can help most people that call.
Top 5 Reasons to Call Monge & Associates
- Big settlement guarantee: If we do not beat the amount of any current offer you have prior to hiring us, our services are totally free.
- Client satisfaction guarantee: If you are not satisfied with how you are treated in the 30 days after you hire us, you can take your file no questions asked and no fees.
- No recovery, no fees: You won't pay any fees unless we win your case.
- Statewide service: We can come to you, 24/7, statewide.
- Talk to us same day: You have right talk to us the same day you call and know what is happening in your case. You can count on us for prompt communication.
On-the-job injuries can result in serious physical, mental, and financial hardship. Our firm is committed to helping you secure the full settlement you are owed. If necessary, our attorneys can even take your case to trial. Give us a call today to learn more.
Injured on the job? Contact our Atlanta workers’ compensation attorneys at (800) 860-8021. We assist clients throughout Georgia and beyond.
Get Help for All Types of Work-Related Injuries
We handle all types of workplace accidents, including those that involve:
Falls from heights
Heavy machinery accidents
Construction site accidents
Scaffolding and ladder accidents
If you or a loved one has been injured at work and needs to file a workers’ compensation claim, please call our office today. We also assist clients with denied claims.
Who Qualifies for Workers' Compensation in Georgia?
According to the State Board of Workers’ Compensation in Georgia, any place of business that employs three or more people is required to provide workers’ compensation insurance coverage for its employees, starting from the first day of employment.
This covers any injuries suffered during work, excluding lunch hours and any commutes to and from work. Depending on the categorization of the injury, workers can expect two-thirds of their weekly wages and sometimes more for disability compensation.
While this works out well for those who are full-time employees, the laws leave a gray area for those who aren’t sure whether or not the coverage extends to them.
Under state law, workers' compensation coverage must be extended to part-time workers as long as they’re employed regularly. This would include part-time employees who only work regular shifts, such as every weekend, only on nights, afternoons, etc.
Even if three or more workers are working for the same client, it doesn’t guarantee that they are legally considered employees. Independent contractors are not covered by workers’ compensation, since legally, they are not considered employees.
If you have questions about your eligibility for workers' compensation benefits, contact the knowledgeable legal team at Monge & Associates to discuss your legal options.
How to Protect Your Rights After a Workplace Accident
When you are injured at work and file for workers' compensation benefits, it is in your best interest to keep yourself covered in several ways. Your employer may end up being fair and paying everything you deserve, but if your company or their insurer doesn't hold up their end of the bargain, you want to be able to show that you've been holding up yours.
- Notify your employer about your injury as soon as possible. The statute of limitations is different in every state, so instead of waiting, tell your employer right away. If you wait too long, it could affect your ability to obtain workers' compensation benefits.
- Seek medical attention. Employees will sometimes wait out their injuries and hope the pain will go away, but often, waiting just makes things worse. If you suspect you have a work-related injury, see a doctor, get their opinion, and have it documented.
- Go to all of your scheduled appointments. If you are scheduled for any kind of medical appointment related to your injury, including rehabilitation, you need to show up every time. If you make it a habit of missing appointments, you may give your doctor the impression that you are getting better and no longer need to workers' comp.
- Don't assume the benefits you're receiving are fair. Your benefits are paid based on your weekly wage, but insurance companies have ways of getting around this and paying a lower amount than you are entitled to. If you need help figuring this out, an attorney can help. Never assume the insurance representative is on your side.
If you were injured on the job and need help getting the workers' compensation benefits you deserve, contact the attorneys at Monge & Associates for a free consultation.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is workers' compensation?
Workers’ compensation is an insurance program paid by your employer to provide cash benefits and medical care if you are injured on the job. The law requires any business with more than three employees to have a workers’ compensation program in place.
Am I out of luck if my workers’ compensation claim is denied?
No. You can appeal a claim denial by requesting a hearing before the State Board of Workers’ Compensation, which is like a trial in court. An administrative law judge will listen to both sides of the claim and decide if you are entitled to receive any benefits.
What types of benefits can I receive if I am injured on the job?
All authorized medical bills, hospital bills, physical therapy, prescriptions and mileage you must pay in order to receive treatment for your injuries are covered under the workers’ compensation system. You are also entitled to receive money to compensate for lost income if you cannot work for more than seven days. You will receive two-thirds of your average weekly wage, not to exceed $500 per week.
What types of benefits are available if I become permanently disabled?
Your authorized physician will give you a “rating” based on guidelines outlined by the American Medical Association. That rating will be used to determine the amount of your weekly payments based on the type and severity of your disability.
When do I report an on-the-job accident?
If you’ve been injured, you should tell your employer or supervisor immediately. If you wait more than 30 days, you are at risk of losing your benefits.
Does the injury have to be my employer’s fault?
No. In Georgia, you are entitled to workers’ compensation benefits regardless of who is at fault. The same principle holds true if you accidentally injured yourself at work.
Do I have to hire a lawyer before my hearing?
It is not a requirement, but it’s probably a good idea. Your employer may hire counsel to represent the business at the hearing, and understanding the complexities of the employer’s case may require the technical knowledge that an attorney can provide.
Additionally, workers’ compensation is a bureaucratic system based on state laws.
Pursuing the benefits you deserve involves a lot of paperwork and an understanding of the complex rules, stipulations, possible exceptions and the ways that employers or insurance companies try to manipulate the system. A lawyer can identify possible violations of law that can help you secure the maximum amount of benefits you are entitled to.
What if I sustain a catastrophic injury?
The terms “catastrophic injury” and “non-catastrophic” injury have specific meanings under workers’ compensation law. The State Board of Workers’ Compensation identifies injuries by placing them into the catastrophic or non-catastrophic category, and their determination can limit the amount and type of benefits a worker can receive.
If your injury is deemed catastrophic, you may be entitled to vocational rehabilitation services and lifetime income benefits, as well as money to cover any adaptive equipment or other modifications that are needed given your new physical condition.
Can I go to any doctor that I want?
Not exactly. Employers must identify specific physicians that injured employees may see for an evaluation. This can be done in the following ways:
- By posting “in prominent places on the business premises” a listing of the “Traditional Panel of Physicians” comprised of six doctors. You are allowed to pick any one of the six for an evaluation. The panel must consist of one orthopedic physician and no more than two industrial clinics.
- Alternatively, businesses can post a “Conformed Panel of Physicians” composed of 10 doctors. This panel will include the same six doctors listed in the traditional panel plus chiropractors and general surgeons.
- Another option to employers is to post the name of the Workers’ Compensation Managed Care Organization that is certified by the Georgia Board of Workers’ Compensation to provide medical care to injured workers.
Under this system, you are allowed to change to another doctor one time without notifying your employer. Typically, you will still be limited to picking a doctor from your employers’ approved list, but there are exceptions. Talking with one of the workers' comp attorneys at Monge & Associates can help you determine what types of exceptions might allow you to select your own physician, regardless of the employer’s preselected panel.
What if I can return to work, but in a lower-paying position?
You are entitled to a reduced benefit based upon your earnings for no longer than 350 weeks from the date of the injury. The amount is determined based on the difference between your previous weekly wage and your new one.
Call (800) 860-8021 to find out how our workers' compensation lawyers in Atlanta can help.
At Monge & Associates, our workers' compensation attorneys serve clients throughout the state of Georgia, including Atlanta, Decatur, Lithonia, College Park, East Point, Stone Mountain, Norcross, Conyers, Riverdale, Duluth, Fayetteville, and Loganville.