After being injured in the workplace, you may be facing a number of hard questions: How will you pay your medical bills? How long will your injuries keep you out of work? Most importantly, how will you support yourself and your family in the meantime? Fortunately, workers' compensation can help.
It will cover all reasonable and necessary medical expenses related to your on-the-job accident and, if your injuries keep you out of work longer than seven days, provide weekly wage replacement benefits of up to two-thirds of your average wage (or a maximum of $675 according to 2019 reports) for up to 400 weeks.
The goal of the workers' compensation system is to get you back to work as soon as possible—sometimes maybe a little too soon. However, you have certain rights within the system. If you feel your employer-approved physician is trying to rush you back to work before you're ready, it may be wise to seek a second opinion. A workers' comp attorney can advise you on how to switch doctors.
Ideally, when returning to work, you'd be fully healed and able to perform your job without restrictions. However, frequently individuals return to the job in a restricted capacity, such as limited hours or duties. This can be extremely challenging for both employers and returning workers.
Job restrictions may force you into a lower-paying position. If this happens, you may be entitled to a portion of the difference in pay between the job you had before your accident and the job you have now. Additionally, if your injuries mean you're no longer capable of working in the same field, you may be eligible for vocational training through the workers' compensation system.
A savvy attorney can offer the advice and aggressive legal counsel you need in order to collect the workers' compensation benefits you deserve.
Consult an Experienced Georgia Workers' Comp Attorney
Hurt on the job? Preparing to return to work? You need a knowledgeable Georgia workers' compensation attorney to protect your rights. Contact Van Sant Law today to schedule an appointment for a free, initial consultation. Talk to a member of our skilled legal team about your rights and options when returning to work after an on-the-job injury.