Savannah Workers’ Compensation Lawyer
If you’ve been injured on the job, you’re entitled to workers’ compensation. We understand how difficult it is to recover from your injury and how long the rehabilitation process can take, but dealing with the added stress of a claim can make things worse.
Even if you file a claim correctly, insurance companies sometimes decrease your benefits, or simply deny your claim. You’ve shown your employer loyalty over the years, but big companies can make it feel like you’re not receiving the same loyalty in return.
At Farah & Farah, our Savannahh workers’ compensation attorneys are dedicated to fighting for the maximum fair value for your case. While you focus on healing from your injury, we’ll compel your insurance company and employer to pay you what you’re owed. Call us today at (877) 245-6707 for a free consultation to go over all your legal options.
Why Choose Farah & Farah?
At Farah & Farah, our Savannah personal injury attorneys will manage every aspect of your case, so you can get healthy and feel confident when you return to work. Some of our services include:
- Completing and submitting all paperwork from insurance companies, employers and medical providers.
- Working with health insurance to cover medical bills.
- Treating you with dignity, respect, and compassion – regardless of the size of your case.
What is an Independent Medical Review?
An important step in the Georgia workers’ compensation process is the independent medical review. These reviews are commonly requested by the insurance company. In Georgia, insurance companies have the right to send an injured employee to undergo an independent medical review.
Why would an insurer require one of these reviews?
Generally, an independent medical review is ordered because the insurance carrier is working to get a medical opinion that is more favorable to their position (i.e., paying less money for an injured worker).
If your employer’s insurer has requested an independent medical review, you have to comply and attend the appointment.
As an injured worker, you could have the right to request an independent medical review. You also have the right to change doctors at least on time without the approval of your employer or the insurance company, as long as the doctor you choose is on the list of approved physicians your employer has provided.
If an independent medical review does not work out in your favor, and the insurer uses the results to lower or deny your payments, you should contact a skilled Savannah workers’ compensation attorney. They will help you get a second opinion from another physician. The goal is to prevent inaccuracies or biases from the insurer in your case.
Common Injuries, Conditions, and Treatments
In the United States, there were more approximately 2.8 million nonfatal workplace injuries or illnesses in the US during the latest reporting year. When we look closer at the statistics for that year from Georgia, we can see that there were 78,200 total private injury injuries and illnesses. Out of those, 40,700 of those of a severe nature, involving days away from work, job transfer, or restriction. These incidents happened at a rate of 1.3 cases per 100 full-time workers in Georgia. There was a total of 194 work fatalities in Georgia during the latest reporting year.
Some of the most common injuries our Savannah workers’ compensation attorneys help clients with include:
- Broken and dislocated bones
- Severe lacerations
- Internal organ damage
- Internal bleeding
- Spinal cord injuries
- Whiplash injuries
- Traumatic brain injuries
These injuries all usually arise as a result of a traumatic incident. However, there are many work injuries that occur due to exposure to hazardous or repetitive conditions over long periods of time. These injuries often include:
- Repetitive stress injuries such as carpal tunnel syndrome
- Various types of cancer
- Respiratory illnesses
- Hearing and vision loss
Due to the nature of these injuries and how long it takes for their signs and symptoms to appear, it could be harder to pinpoint these injuries on a workplace cause. A skilled Savannah workers’ compensation attorney will be able to help you through this process.
Treatment for workplace injuries depends on the severity of the injuries, and any complications a victim may experience while they are recovering. For relatively minor injuries, treatment may involve rest and limited work duties. However, more severe injuries may require significant medical care, including surgery, physical therapy, and extended rehabilitation. In some cases, injured workers may need to need lifelong care.
In some cases, injured workers are deemed temporarily or permanently disabled. This could lead to long-term coverage for their work injuries.
The Workers’ Compensation Process
The first thing to do after a catastrophic injury at work is to notify your employer. You have thirty days (30) from the date of your accident to make it known. Failing to notify your employer will deprive you an opportunity to file your claim.
Your employer is expected to contact their workers’ compensation insurance provider within seven days (7) of your injury notification. If your employer fails to do so within the specified time limit, you may contact the insurance provider directly.
If your employer or insurance company denies your claim, you have two years (2) to file a petition for benefits with the Employment Assistance Office. Our attorneys can help you file your petition, request your rightful benefits, and defend your right to full compensation.
How Much Could I Get for Workers’ Compensation?
For work-related injuries, you’re entitled to medical and partial wage replacement benefits. This includes all medical treatment related to your injury and temporary disability wages to replace loss due to your inability to work.
Upon denial of your claim or if you’ve received less than you’re entitled to, our attorneys will work tirelessly to fight for the compensation you deserve. At Farah & Farah, we work on a contingency fee basis, meaning your initial upfront cost is $0, and we only collect legal fees if we successfully win your case.
Contact Farah & Farah Today for a Free Consultation
It can be frustrating to have to deal with workers’ compensation when all you want to do is recover from your injury and get back to work. We understand how important it is to file your claim correctly and are dedicated to managing your claim so that you can rest and get healthy again.
We’re available 24/7 for a free consultation and will answer any questions you might have so you can feel comfortable moving forward with your claim. Contact us today.