Helping injured workers in Middle Georgia
If you’ve been injured in an accident at work, you may not know what to do next. Most workers in Georgia are covered by their employers' workers' compensation insurance in the event of an accident on the job or a work-related injury. But the claims process can be confusing and frustrating. Jon R. Hawk, Sr., LLC can help you navigate the claims process to get the benefits you deserve.
Most employers accept the claims as a cost of doing business. But dealing with the insurance company is rarely an easy task. Macon workers’ compensation attorney Jon R. Hawk is an experienced litigator with a strong record of results negotiating fair settlements and helping injured workers with successful appeals.
We help workers in Middle Georgia who were injured in:
- Construction accidents
- Industrial, factory and packaging plant accidents
- Timber, logging and sawmill accidents
- Commercial vehicle driving accidents
- Office workers' repetitive stress injuries
- Restaurant and hotel industry accidents
- Hospital worker injuries
The workers' compensation program in Georgia is designed to help workers who have been hurt on the job until they can get back on their feet. The benefits are supposed to cover the cost of your medical expenses, as well as some of your lost wages while you are out of work.
But the process of getting workers’ compensation benefits in Georgia can be complicated. Employers and insurance carriers can question the extent of your injuries and whether or not you are able to work. They try to minimize the amount of money you can collect. Sometimes, they will try to deny all benefits completely. Jon fights for workers and their families.
Standing by you every step of the way
Following a workplace accident, you should be entitled to receive full medical treatment provided by a doctor approved by the Georgia Workers' Compensation Board. Under certain conditions, the injured worker may seek a different medical provider. If you are not receiving the medical treatment to which you are entitled, Jon can help you get medical care.
He can also help you prepare for your medical exam. For example, he can make sure the doctor has all the information needed in relation to your claim. This includes details about the accident and all symptoms and difficulties you experienced because of your injury.
Jon will also fight to get you the wage compensation you deserve. There are various levels of pay benefits available, depending upon the severity of the injury. For temporary disabilities that keep you off the job or in a reduced earning capacity, you will be entitled to receive two-thirds of your average weekly earnings calculated against the previous 13 weeks of employment.
In many cases employees are entitled to temporary total disability (TTD) benefits and permanent partial disability benefits (PPD). Often, serious injuries qualify for catastrophic designation which can mean the injured worker may be entitled to lifetime income and medical benefits.
An experienced attorney who knows how to handle complex claims
Jon also handles third-party workplace claims. These are claims against a negligent third party—someone other your employer—who contributed to your on-the-job injury. For example, you may have a case against a manufacturer of defective equipment that contributed to your accident, or you may be able to file a lawsuit against an at-fault driver if you were involved in a car accident while on the job. In many cases, filing a lawsuit against a negligent third party can allow you to recover significantly more compensation than is available through workers’ compensation alone. Jon and his legal team will carefully review your case to see whether you have such a claim.
And if there is a problem with your claim, Jon will represent you at all hearings and appeals. There are several levels of appeals available to workers who have had their initial claim denied or reduced by the insurance provider. Jon will review your case and prepare the strongest appeal to help you and your family receive the level of benefits you deserve.
If you were injured on the job in Middle Georgia and are having difficulty receiving the pay and medical benefits you are entitled to through your employer's workers' compensation coverage, talk to Jon R. Hawk. Contact us anytime for a free consultation.