April 4, 2024

Were You Injured at Work in Georgia? An African-American Personal Injury Attorney Can Help

If you get injured at work and on the job in the state of Georgia, you may end up having a workers’ compensation claim, a personal injury claim, or both. The legal process for handling workplace injuries can get complicated, and when you’re facing an injury that requires some downtime for recovery and healing, the last thing you want is a battle with insurance companies. 

This is where the experience of a personal injury attorney is invaluable. The Fosters are a husband-and-wife African-American personal injury attorney team with years of experience handling precisely these types of claims. Keith Foster, Esq. and Arnice Hall Foster, Esq. have in-depth experience in Georgia representing clients from all backgrounds. Give our personal injury law firm a call; we’re here to help. 

What to Do After a Workplace Injury in Georgia 

Whether you are injured at work and plan on filing a workers’ compensation claim, or your injury was caused by something like a car crash and third-party liability necessitates filing a personal injury claim, the steps you should take immediately after a workplace injury in Georgia will generally be the same.   

Here are steps you can take to help preserve both your health and your case. 

  1. Seek medical attention immediately, even if your injuries seem minor. The adrenaline or emotions after an incident could cause you to not realize you have an injury until hours or days later. Seeing a doctor as soon as possible can be instrumental in identifying an injury that could be serious.
  2. Report your injury to your employer. To preserve your claim, your employer needs to know about your injury as soon as possible. Failing to report your injury to your employer within 30 days of the incident or date you became aware of an injury or illness could jeopardize your ability to receive benefits.
  3. Gather evidence to support your claim. Evidence could include medical records, witness statements, and photos of the scene of the accident. 
  4. Contact an experienced personal injury attorney to discuss your case. The sooner you reach out to an attorney, the better. Your attorney can navigate the complexities of personal injury claims and negotiate for you. 

If your injury was caused in the workplace by something under the control of your employer, you most likely have a workers’ compensation claim. If, however, you are in a car crash while driving for work, or if you are out and about at work and a third party causes your injury during your course of duties, you not only have a workers’ compensation claim, but you may also have a third party personal injury claim. 

Types of Compensation You May Be Entitled to Receive 

Every workplace injury case is different, though you may be eligible to receive the following benefits: 

  • Medical expenses
  • Lost wages
  • Pain and suffering
  • Disability benefits
  • Wrongful death damages 

How to File a Workers’ Compensation Claim in Georgia 

There are specific steps to follow when filing a workers’ comp claim, including: 

  1. File a Notice of Claim with your employer’s insurance company within 30 days of your injury.
  2. Provide the insurance company with all relevant information, including your medical records and a description of your injuries.
  3. If the insurance company denies your claim, you may file a petition with the Georgia State Board of Workers’ Compensation. 

How a Personal Injury Attorney Can Help You With Your Workers’ Compensation Claim 

A collaboration with a personal injury attorney can benefit you in the following ways: 

  • Gathering supportive evidence
  • Negotiating with the insurance company 
  • Representing you at hearings before the Georgia State Board of Workers’ Compensation

 Contact an Experienced African American Personal Injury Attorney in Georgia If you’ve been injured at work in Georgia, The Foster Firm team of attorneys can help you fight for fair compensation. Contact The Foster Firm at 404.955.8910, or reach out online to schedule a free consultation.