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Gearhart Law Group FAQs2020-10-06T15:15:41-04:00

Gearhart Law Group FAQs

If you’ve suffered a work-related injury in Georgia, your employer is responsible for the cost of your injuries. After your work-related injury, you may not know what you should do and what steps to take to receive the benefits you deserve.

The Georgia workers’ compensation lawyers at The Gearhart Law Group can guide you through this complex process. The answers to some of the most common questions clients ask about workers’ compensation are below:

What is Workers’ Compensation?

In Georgia, workers’ compensation allows an employee to recover the costs of all medical expenses and lost wages after they’ve suffered a work-related injury. If you suffer an occupational disease or workplace injury, you are eligible to receive benefits through the State of Georgia Board of Workers’ Compensation.

Is There A Time Limit To Report My Work-Related Injury in Georgia?

Generally speaking, you have 30 days from the date of your injury, or, if your work-related injury occurred over a period of time, the day you became aware that you were injured.

Your Georgia employer may try to tell you that you cannot file a workers’ compensation claim because you didn’t report your injury immediately, but this isn’t true. However, you should report your work-related injury to your employer as soon as possible.

What Does Georgia Workers’ Compensation Count as an On-The Job Injury?

An on-the-job injury is one that takes place during the scope of performing your job. Additionally, if you needed to travel to meet a client and got injured while on the client’s property or are involved in a motor vehicle accident during your trip, that still counts as an on-the-job injury. Your commute to and from work, however, is not considered to be part of the scope of your employment.

However, if your employer gave you instructions regarding your commute, you may be able to claim benefits if you are injured while following the instructions of your employer.

My Employer Told Me I was Responsible for my Medical Bills Because My Work-Related Injury Was My Fault. Is This True?

No! Georgia’s workers’ compensation program is a no-fault system. Even if your mistake caused you to be injured at work, your employer is required to pay all the medical bills and lost wages associated with your work-related injury.

Please note that there are exceptions to this rule, so it’s important to contact one of the Georgia workers’ compensation lawyers at The Gearhart Law Group to discuss the specific circumstances surrounding your case.

Does Georgia Workers’ Compensation Pay For My Lost Wages?

Yes, Georgia’s workers’ compensation program will pay two-thirds of your average weekly salary, which is calculated based upon all the wages you received including overtime, bonuses, and any other benefits, in the 13 weeks prior to your work-related injury.

Do I Have To See My Georgia Employer’s Doctor for Treatment and Can I Get A Second Opinion?

Georgia law does require that your employer post a “panel” of pre-approved doctors for you to see if you are injured on the job. This panel must meet certain legal requirements such as:

  1. This list must be pink and printed on the most current poster
  2. The list must include at least six (6) physicians
  3. At least one physician on the list must be an orthopedic surgeon
  4. One doctor on the list must be a minority
  5. Your employer must take steps to make sure you are aware of the panel. If your employer doesn’t have a panel, then you can see any doctor of your choice.

If your Georgia does have a valid panel posted in your place of work, then you can choose from that panel. Your employer does not have any right to tell you to see a certain doctor printed on that panel.

If a Contractor Was Involved in My Work-Related Injury do I have Legal Options?

If your injury occurred while you were on the job, you are able to file a claim for workers’ compensation benefits regardless of who was at fault for your work-related injury. You can also file a personal injury claim against that third party – the contractor.

The third party claim against the contractor may give you the opportunity to recover damages that aren’t covered by Georgia workers’ compensation such as pain and suffering. You are able to file both a personal injury claim and a claim for Georgia workers’ compensation benefits in connection with the same work-related injury – you don’t have to choose one or the other.

Do I Need An Attorney To Help Me With my Georgia Workers’ Compensation Claim?

It’s recommended that you speak with a Georgia workers’ compensation lawyer as soon as possible after your work-related accident. Georgia workers’ compensation insurance companies are notorious for paying less than your injury may be worth or denying your claim outright.

With an experienced Georgia workers’ compensation lawyer from The Gearhart Law Group working with you, you will know that you are receiving all the compensation you are owed. We will handle your legal case so you can focus on recovering from your work-related injury.

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I got injured at work. Trying to deal with the insurance company became overwhelming mainly because I needed surgery and they would not respond to my calls or emails. I researched local attorneys and decided to choose Gearhart Law Group mainly because it was smaller, I liked the information I read and I felt I might get more individual attention. It turned out to be the best decision I have made in a long, long time. Beth Gearhart made me feel as though I were her only client. She responded to my emails immediately, every time. She explained the whole process from the beginning and everything unfolded exactly as she explained it would. The process took time but I received the surgery I needed and in the end was very surprised by the large financial settlement I received due to Ms. Gearhart’s expertise. I highly recommend Gearhart Law Group.

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R. Draine

I got injured at work. Trying to deal with the insurance company became overwhelming mainly because I needed surgery and they would not respond to my calls or emails. I researched local attorneys and decided to choose Gearhart Law Group mainly because it was smaller, I liked the information I read and I felt I might get more individual attention. It turned out to be the best decision I have made in a long, long time. Beth Gearhart made me feel as though I were her only client. She responded to my emails immediately, every time. She explained the whole process from the beginning and everything unfolded exactly as she explained it would. The process took time but I received the surgery I needed and in the end was very surprised by the large financial settlement I received due to Ms. Gearhart’s expertise. I highly recommend Gearhart Law Group.

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Highly recommend Beth for WC claims! I was ALWAYS able to talk to her when I called and she responded to my emails very quickly. She was able to get us a very fair amount and did not just tell us what we wanted to hear, she was very honest! Would have given her 10 stars if possible!

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2018-05-16T13:29:37-04:00

B. Atwater

Highly recommend Beth for WC claims! I was ALWAYS able to talk to her when I called and she responded to my emails very quickly. She was able to get us a very fair amount and did not just tell us what we wanted to hear, she was very honest! Would have given her 10 stars if possible!

I would highly recommend Beth to anyone needed a Workers Compensation Lawyer.

From the moment I called Beth, I knew I had made the right decision. She returned my initial phone call very promptly and was sensitive to my case and situation. I had an injury in Georgia, but live in New York so the case was complicated and unique. I found her to be extremely knowledgeable about Georgia Workers Compensation laws which is what I needed assistance with. I would highly recommend Beth to anyone needed a Workers Compensation Lawyer.

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2018-05-16T13:40:08-04:00

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From the moment I called Beth, I knew I had made the right decision. She returned my initial phone call very promptly and was sensitive to my case and situation. I had an injury in Georgia, but live in New York so the case was complicated and unique. I found her to be extremely knowledgeable about Georgia Workers Compensation laws which is what I needed assistance with. I would highly recommend Beth to anyone needed a Workers Compensation Lawyer.

Gearhart Law Group the best in GA hands down!!!

Words can’t express how thankful I am for such a superb team! From the very beginning Beth waisted no time, she executed every step of the way. I never had to worry. Gearhart Law Group made me feel like I was there most important priority and not another file you just throw away on the desk. From finding doctors and getting the best treatment possible Khristy, your a trooper thank you so much. Gearhart Law Group the best in GA hands down!!!

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2018-05-16T13:40:58-04:00

D. Evans

Words can’t express how thankful I am for such a superb team! From the very beginning Beth waisted no time, she executed every step of the way. I never had to worry. Gearhart Law Group made me feel like I was there most important priority and not another file you just throw away on the desk. From finding doctors and getting the best treatment possible Khristy, your a trooper thank you so much. Gearhart Law Group the best in GA hands down!!!
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