You have put in the time at your job. You have proven your worth. And now, thanks to an injury at your job, you are too sick or injured to work. You need medical care and your family needs to eat. How will you pay your bills while you recover? Who will make sure that your family has what it needs?
Most employees realize that they may be able to collect some payments under workers compensation laws. But these benefits may not be sufficient to compensate you for your losses. Many folks don't realize that when you are hurt at work, you may be able to successfully pursue a third party – other than your employer – if that third-party did something to cause your injury.
Turn to our legal team at Gautreaux Law. We will work with you to determine which parties are responsible for your injuries. And, when necessary, our lawyers will fight for your right to financial compensation in court. We have extensive litigation experience, including recovering millions of dollars in damages in catastrophic injury cases.
Seeking Financial Recovery for Common Workplace Injuries
We represent injured workers from a wide variety of employment backgrounds here in Georgia, from construction workers to office personnel. And we have worked with employees suffering from a variety of injuries, ranging from minor to serious to fatal, including:
- Injuries from falls from heights
- Injuries from falling objects
- Slip-and-fall injuries and trip-and-fall injuries
- Machine entanglement injuries
- Industrial equipment malfunctions
Regardless of severity, any injury can result in loss of income, increased medical bills, partial or permanent injury, and possibly an inability to ever be able to work again.
We are here to help during all stages of the process, from initial notice to finding the responsible parties to trial and appeals. Regardless of where you are in the process, reach out to us to help you get the financial recovery you need.
Workers' Compensation Reimbursements
Georgia law requires employers that meet certain criteria to carry workers' compensation insurance. This insurance is designed to cover partial lost wages and medical bills of an employee who gets hurt on the job or who suffers a work-related illness, regardless of fault. Unfortunately, an employee's expenses may exceed the required workers' comp insurance payments.
Can I Recover From My Employer If I Am Hurt on the Job?
Most clients often ask this question when they first meet with us. And most are disappointed to learn that, in most cases, employees cannot sue their employers if they suffer workplace injuries or illnesses. However, there are some exceptions:
- Assault claims: The employer assaults an employee and the employee did not initiate the assault
- Negligence claims: The employer's willful, wanton or reckless negligence directly caused the injury (note: these cases are rare)
An employee may also recover directly from his or her employer if the employer does not have workers' compensation insurance coverage at the time of injury.
Additional Claims Arising Out of Workplace Injury Cases
If you do not have a claim against your employer, we can investigate whether you may have a claim against a different party that may have played a role in your injury:
- Products liability claims: A defective product or toxic substance caused the injury, in which case the supplier, seller or manufacturer may be at fault
- Third-party claims: A third party caused the injury, and that third party has no link to the employer
Schedule a Free Consultation With One of Our Workplace Injury Lawyers
If you were hurt at work and think that you might have a claim against a third party, please call us directly at 478-238-9758, or toll free at 888-876-6935. You may also send our workplace injury lawyers an email . Your first consultation with our firm is free.