Thousands of workers are injured every year in Atlanta while performing their jobs. Coping with an injury can be very difficult and one of the first questions many injured workers find themselves asking is if they will need a lawyer to represent them throughout the workers’ compensation process. While an experienced workers’ compensation attorney can always be a good ally, whether or not one is necessary depends on the specifics of the individual worker’s case.
Hiring an Attorney or Representing YourselfHiring a lawyer is never a mandatory part of the Georgia workers’ compensation system and for many injuries, doing so is unnecessary. In most cases, a worker can handle the filing process and receive benefits if the following are true:
- The injuries were relatively minor and required no missed days of work;
- Your employer admits the injury occurred during work; and
- No pre-existing conditions contributed to the injury.
- Your employer denies the claim or does not pay the full benefit amount;
- The workers’ compensation benefits do not cover all the medical expenses brought on by the injury;
- You are receiving Social Security benefits;
- The injury involves serious medical issues that prevent the worker from returning to work or fulfilling their former job duties;
- Your employer retaliates against you for filing a workers’ compensation claim; and
- If the injury presents a possible third-party claim.