A Workers' Compensation Overview

Gary KazinIn Georgia, employees who are injured on the job are protected by workers' compensation. However, getting these benefits can be challenging. I am Gary Kazin, an Atlanta workers' comp attorney with more than 30 years of experience representing injured workers.

I know how frustrating it can be when you are injured, out of work and trying to navigate a complex legal process. I am here to make sure you are treated fairly and that you get all of the benefits to which you are entitled.

For skilled assistance navigating this process after suffering a work injury, contact me today and schedule a free consultation to discuss your options.

What Is Workers' Compensation?

Workers' compensation in Georgia protects employees — but not independent contractors — from injuries on the job. The law requires an employer who has three or more employees to either purchase workers' compensation benefits insurance or be qualified by the State Board of Workers' Compensation as a self-insurer. Employees are covered for injuries that develop over time, as well as those that are caused by a specific accident.

The system is also no-fault. That means your workplace injury is covered — no matter who caused it.

Timing Is Crucial In Workers' Compensation Claims

There are time limits on how long you can wait to pursue a claim. As a general rule, you must notify your employer of an on-the-job injury within 30 days and file a claim with the State Board of Workers' Compensation within one year. There are many exceptions and nuances to the filing process, however, and depending on the circumstances, these time limits can be complex.

Your Workers' Compensation Benefits

Georgia workers' comp law provides injured workers with medical benefits and a portion of their lost wages through temporary total disability, temporary partial disability and permanent partial disability. Working with an experienced workers' comp lawyer who knows how the Georgia workers' comp system works is the best way to ensure that you are maximizing your benefits and getting everything you are entitled.

You Will Benefit Greatly From Working With An Attorney

Many valid workers' compensation claims are initially denied. Employers and insurers deny claims this purely for financial reasons. While you can appeal a denied workers' compensation claim, the process will delay your benefits. Working with a lawyer from the beginning will help expedite the process and get you the benefits you need when you need them.

I handle the entire workers' comp process — from start to finish, including negotiating a settlement and handling any necessary appeals. I am more than your lawyer; I am your advocate. I will explain your rights to you and then stand up for those rights. I will answer your questions, review your options and fight to ensure that you get the benefits to which you are legally entitled.

Contact My Office For More Information

Cases dealing with workers' comp in Georgia are often too complicated to be adequately explained in an overview such as this. To discuss your specific circumstances in detail, contact my office at 404-913-8978 or 866-397-5116. Consultations are free and you won't pay me anything until I secure benefits on your behalf.