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What do I need to look for when selecting a workers’ compensation attorney?

Workers Compensation is surprisingly complex. The laws are constantly changing. At any one time, you may be prepping for court with administrative law judges while battling insurance companies and also lobbying for long-term health care. There are six main assets to look for when choosing the best lawyer for your workers compensation case.

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Why time is of the essence in workers’ compensation cases

If you are injured on the job, don’t delay! There are several steps you need to take immediately in order to ensure the best outcome after your injury: First, report the incident to your supervisor. Failure to report the accident within 30 days can jeopardize your benefits. (O.C.G.A. § 34-9-80). Your employer will likely ask you to fill out paperwork detailing the incident, and will conduct an investigation.

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The most common mistake people make in navigating workers’ compensation

Most injured workers are very overwhelmed in the wake of a serious accident. They don’t know where to begin. When hurt, people need immediate medical attention, and typically contact their health insurance agency. The insurance agent will likely encourage the worker to not seek legal help.

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Can I fight a denied workers’ compensation claim?

Clients often come to us after their claim has been “controverted” or denied, asking how that can be changed. The good news is, this can be fought. On the downside, it may take a little bit before it’s reversed. Injured workers who find themselves being denied workers’ compensation benefits can easily get behind on rent or mortgage, car payments, and other bills.

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How will you get paid after an injury?

Georgia Law for calculating salary after an injury can be generally summarized as follows: If the injured employee has been employed for at least 13 weeks, his average weekly wage shall be one-thirteenth of the total amount of wages earned in such employment during the 13 weeks. If he has not been employed for 13 weeks, the salary of an employee in a similar position will be used to calculate the weekly wage.

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Is your health insurance provider always your friend?

When hurt, people need immediate medical attention, and typically contact their health insurance agency. The insurance agent will likely encourage the worker to not seek legal help. Following this advice is the single most common and potentially devastating mistake an injured worker can make.

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Were you terminated from your job after your injury?

Have you been “let go”, “terminated” or “laid off” from your job after you were injured on the job?  Are you still on medical restrictions but need to look for work? At the Ramos Law Firm, we understand how hard this situation can be for you.  To help, we have assembled a few pointers for you, along with some useful links.

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