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When filing a workers’ compensation claim in Georgia, there is no substitute for hiring an experienced workers’ compensation attorney to do things right the first time and get you all of the benefits to which you are entitled. Let our dedicated team of attorneys give your case the attention it deserves and that you expect. Remember, we do not get paid unless you do.
Our experience handling injury cases allows us to anticipate problems before they arise to give you the best opportunity for success. When you and your family depend on benefits to pay bills and take care of your health, you cannot afford to make mistakes, or even worse, have your claim denied. We understand workers’ compensation laws and focus on helping injured workers throughout Georgia recover the workers’ compensation benefits they need and deserve.
By Knowing What to Expect, We Get Results
The lawyers at Cummings & Middlebrooks, LLP, are committed to competently pursuing your Georgia workers’ compensation benefits. Beginning their career working for big insurance companies, attorneys William Cummings and Tracy Middlebrooks transitioned to helping people who really need their assistance – injured workers and their families. Now they use their knowledge of insurance company tactics to help injured workers throughout Georgia successfully obtain workers’ compensation benefits.
We Serve All Of Georgia
Covering all of Georgia–from the North Georgia Mountains to Atlanta, from Milledgeville to Savannah–we make sure our clients receive the income and benefits they deserve.
Learn more about workers’ compensation and find answers to common questions.
You may have heard the term in conversation at the water cooler, or perhaps seen a commercial on TV that talked about workers’ compensation, or “workers’ comp” for short. But, what is it exactly?
Defining workers’ comp
Workers’ compensation is a special kind of insurance that all employers in Georgia with three or more employees must maintain that pays medical bills and a percentage of lost wages when a person gets injured on the job. If you were injured or made ill while on the job, you will likely be covered regardless of who was at fault.
I got injured; what do I do?
If you find yourself in a situation where you are sick or injured from work-related causes, here is what you should do:
Step 1: Get help: Ask your employer to send you to a doctor or go to the nearest emergency medical facility to get examined and treated immediately.
Step 2: Tell your boss: You only have up to 30 days after the accident to report it to your employer or your benefits could be denied. A good rule of thumb is to report the accident to a supervisor as soon as possible.
Step 3: Hire an attorney: An experienced workers’ compensation lawyer will know how best to help you get the compensation you deserve and will file the required documents with the Georgia State Board of Workers’ Compensation.
Know your benefits
There are several different types of workers’ compensation benefits an injured worker or their spouse or dependents may be entitled to following a work-related accident including weekly income benefits, medical treatment, permanent partial disability, rehabilitation and death benefits. Each type covers a different form of loss, and some are short-term whereas others last much longer. To understand what types of benefits you are entitled to you need competent information and assistance from an attorney experienced in handling workers’ comp cases.
Helping You is What We Do
If you want help with your workers’ comp case, you have come to the right place. The lawyers and Cummings & Middlebrooks, LLP, are dedicated to helping you get back on your feet and back into the work force after job-related injuries and illnesses. We are here to help you get what you deserve. If you would like to learn more or would like to schedule a FREE consultation, please call 404-994-5525 or click here to complete our contact form.
Injuries and illnesses that result from one’s job duties can be serious. They can have a significant impact on the employee’s life and cause a lot of stress, particularly as it relates to his or her health and well-being. But, what exactly is considered a work-related injury or illness and when are they covered by workers’ comp?
Compensation and Coverage
The law is clear that compensable injuries and illnesses are those that “arise out of” and “in the course of” employment. Both elements must be present, but what do they mean? When you are wondering whether your injury or illness is covered by workers’ compensation, here are some factors to consider:
- Aggravation of a pre-existing condition: An aggravation of a pre-existing condition is covered by workers’ compensation, and as long as the aggravation continues the injured employee will be entitled to income and/or medical benefits.
- Deviation from job duties: Did you take a lunch break or go off-site on a purely personal errand? If you were injured during a time like this, you are probably not covered by workers’ compensation. However, these cases are fact-specific so contact one of our attorneys to discuss your case.
- Commute to work: As a general rule, injuries that occur during travel to or from work, whether by bus, car, train, plane, etc., are not covered by workers’ comp. However, there are a number of exceptions to the general rule so it is important to speak with one of our workers’ compensation attorneys regarding the specifics of your case.
- Willful misconduct: How you conduct yourself on the job, or in some cases before arriving at work, has a big impact on whether your case will be covered. If your injury is the result of a fight you started, because you were under the influence of alcohol or drugs, while you were engaged in “horseplay,” or during the commission of a crime, you could very likely find yourself without workers’ comp coverage.
These are just a few of the factors to consider when determining whether an injury or illness is covered by workers’ compensation. In order to truly understand what is covered, the best approach is to contact an experienced attorney who knows the law on workers’ compensation and how the legal system operates.
We Know How to Help You
Whether you are uncertain of your workers’ comp rights or simply have questions about a work-related injury or illness, the lawyers at Cummings & Middlebrooks, LLP, are dedicated to helping you when you have been injured on the job. We are experts in handling cases related to workers’ compensation and can help you get what you deserve. If you would like to learn more or would like to schedule a FREE consultation, please call 404-994-5525 or click here to complete our contact form.
According to the Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OHSA), 4,405 workers died on the job in 2013.1 The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that there were 796 deaths in construction alone, the highest number of the deaths occurring with construction laborers, first-line supervisors/managers, extraction workers, roofers, carpenters and electricians.2 With these statistics, it is important to make sure you stay safe at work and if you are a manager, that you keep your employees’ safety in mind.
Working on a construction site can be very dangerous and it requires extra safety measures. Here are some examples of accidents and how to avoid them:
- Construction debris accidents: Injuries from construction debris occur in many ways. Head and brain trauma are more serious types of injuries from construction debris, but they can usually be prevented by wearing a hard hat or other protective head gear. Eye protection is also very important as it can mean the difference between sight and blindness.
- Power tool accidents: There is a lot of power behind modern power tools and most are capable of causing serious injury. Be sure to wear proper safety gear that protects your head, hands, feet and face. Ensure that your power tools are working properly, that their safety features are functioning, and that you fully understand how to operate them before starting work.
- Heavy equipment accidents: Most heavy equipment tends to be mobile and is usually a crane, bulldozer, or large truck. No one under the age of 18 should operate these types of machines. Always inspect the equipment before starting it and only use it for its intended purpose. Check your surroundings to identify any possible hazards. Be sure to turn off the equipment after use and store it properly.
- Roofing accidents: Roofing accidents are common because the work takes place at dangerous heights and falls can occur climbing up to, down from and while on the roof. Ensure that ladders and scaffolds are secured and that safety harnesses and lines are in proper working order. Always be careful of loose roofing tiles and where you step.
- Electrical accidents: Keep scaffolding, ladders and other items away from electrical wiring and do not use metal objects near power lines. When operating a crane or other tall machine, give yourself plenty of clearance to maintain a safe distance from electrical wires. Always wear rubber soled boots and insulated gloves when working with electricity
For more details on different types of construction hazards and how to stay safe, please visit this page: Link
What to Do If You’ve Been Injured on the Job
The lawyers at Cummings & Middlebrooks, LLP, are dedicated to helping you when you have been injured on the job. We are experts in handling cases related to workers’ compensation and can help you get what you deserve. If you need medical attention, count on us to help you get the treatment you need. Call us at 404-994-5525 or click here to complete our contact form.
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William M. Cummings, II
In addition to our workers’ compensation practice, we provide personal injury legal services involving: car accidents, 18-wheeler accidents, premises liability, wrongful death and negligent security. Cummings & Middlebrooks, LLP, and our team of personal injury lawyers and workers’ compensation attorneys in Georgia are well-equipped and capable of getting the results you need, expect, and deserve.