If you are injured on the job in Georgia, Workers’ Compensation benefits can be a source of financial support during recovery and rehabilitation. But the Georgia Workers’ Compensation system strictly limits benefits. It replaces, at most, only two-thirds of your salary, excludes fringe benefits, and offers little or no compensation for pain and suffering. Workers’ Compensation is rarely enough to fully compensate a worker who is injured on the job.
In general, under the Georgia Workers’ Compensation laws you can not sue your employer for personal injuries. You are limited to what you can obtain from the sometimes draconian Workers’ Compensation system.
If you are seriously injured at work, email or call me. I may be able to identify additional sources of help for you and your family. Lawyers refer to this as a “third-party” claim. There is no limitation on suing “third parties” for personal injuries caused to you while you were at work.
Some examples of “third-party” claims:
• Product liability claims – manufacturers of machinery, equipment, or safety gear may be held liable for failing to exercise due care in making the products they market and if your injury was caused by their negligence I may be able to help you bring a claim against the manufacturer.
• Contractor negligence – Outside vendors engaged to install equipment, design workstations, clean floors, or otherwise support work processes may contribute to injuries and be held liable. So if you were hurt on the job and an outside company was involved, let’s talk and review your legal options.
• Inadequate warnings or poor instructions – Some products (tools, heavy machinery) are inherently
dangerous to operate and these dangers can not be eliminated. Such products must include adequate
warnings and instructions. Failure to do this may subject the manufacturer to liability.
• Premises liability – While Georgia law prevents you from bringing a claim directly against your employer, if dangerous conditions at your work site are the result of someone else’s negligence – perhaps the owner of the premises where your employer has you working offsite – you may have a “third-party” claim against the owner.
Getting injured at work is nothing less than a crisis. Your and your family are dependent on your ability to make a living. Be sure you are doing all you can to ensure that you get all the help you need meeting your obligations to family and creditors while you are unable to earn a living.
Email or Call me to discuss your options. I am Attorney Pete Pearson and I have helped people just like you for nearly 18 years as a practicing attorney in the Greater Atlanta Metro Area. You can contact me by clicking here or by calling Six-Seven-Eight 358-2564.