iStock_000064730917_Small-1-300x200Our careers are how we support our own lives and the lives of our families. Losing the ability to work because of an injury can jeopardize everything. For many Columbus residents, that means dealing with lost wages, damaged relationships and sleepless nights wondering how things can get better.

The attorneys at The Casto Law Firm understand how stressful these work-related injuries can be, and we also know that employers’ insurance companies often seek to deny benefits that injured workers are entitled to. Our workers’ compensation lawyers stand up to these insurance companies and fight to get you the full compensation you deserve.

Getting your full benefits while you recover can be a complicated process, and you need an experienced legal team that knows what it takes. If you or a loved one has suffered an injury on the job, call us at 706-940-4030 or contact us online for a free consultation about your case.

Georgia Workers’ Compensation Benefits

Work injuries can lead to lost wages, imposing medical bills and even disabilities that can affect you for the rest of your life. Getting hurt is challenging enough, and you shouldn’t have to worry about where the money to support yourself will come from.

Workers’ compensation in Georgia entitles you to:

  1. Wage benefits equal to the rate of two-thirds of your weekly wages.
  2. Medical benefits including operations, prescriptions and transportation costs to and from the hospital.
  3. Temporary and permanent partial disability when you return to work.

Types of Work-Related Georgia Injuries

The Casto Law Firm has more than 20 years of experience helping injured workers receive workers’ compensation insurance for:

  • Head injuries
  • Neck injuries
  • Back injuries
  • Repetitive lifting injuries
  • Repetitive stress injuries, including carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Knee injuries and meniscus tears
  • Lifting, turning and pulling injuries
  • Amputations
  • Occupational disease
  • Asbestos-related illnesses

You may be eligible for benefits when you are injured at work, during breaks, lunch hours and at work-sponsored activities. Contact an attorney at The Casto Law Firm to find out if your injury qualifies you for Georgia workers’ compensation.

What You Should Do if You Have Suffered a Work Injury

There are three important steps to take if you or a loved one has suffered an injury on the job.

  1. Seek medical attention immediately. Make sure to tell your health care provider that the injury was work-related, and obtain written documentation of the injury.
  1. Report the injury to your supervisor as soon as possible. If more than 30 days go by without informing your employer of an accident causing injury, you may lose some or all of your rights to workers’ compensation. If your claim is regarding an illness contracted through your occupation, notice must be given within two years of disablement or realization that the illness was work-related.
  1. Obtain a worker’s compensation claim form from your employer, and contact an experienced workers’ compensation lawyer at The Casto Law Firm to have it reviewed.

Georgia workers’ compensation laws do their best to protect people who are hurt on the job, but any process involving insurance companies can be very challenging, especially when dealing with severe injuries.

Even if you anticipate receiving benefits, you need to talk to an attorney who knows the system and can advise you on what to expect.

Third-Party Liability

You may have been injured on the job by something or someone other than your employer. This can happen when equipment malfunctions because of a manufacturing defect, or when an employee who drives for a living is injured by another driver.

In these cases, a third-party claim can be made against the offender. These claims are often more financially beneficial than claims against your employer, allowing you to receive compensation for pain and suffering in addition to lost wages and medical costs.

At The Casto Law Firm, we analyze your case and investigate the circumstances of your injury to determine if a third-party claim that may provide more compensation is the best course of action.

What Can a Columbus, GA Workers’ Compensation Attorney Do To Help?

iStock_000053836268_Small (1)With more than 35 years of experience fighting for Georgia residents in work injury cases, our legal team will dedicate themselves to:

  • Getting your claim covered by workers’ compensation insurance.
  • Seeking the maximum amount of wage loss benefits.
  • Getting you the medical treatment recommended by your doctor and reimbursement for medical expenses, including travel costs.
  • Ensuring an accurate evaluation of any permanent disability and getting you the appropriate benefits to compensate.

The lawyers at The Casto Law Firm understand the pain and stress a work injury can mean for not just you, but for your entire family as well. Getting your full benefits can be very complex and extremely frustrating, but it’s important to know you are not alone.