Workers' Compensation Lawyers Atlanta
Hi, I'm Attorney Andre' Ramsay, your workers compensation attorney. Now Georgia workers compensation insurance typically covers employees of employers, meaning you’re someone that works there on an everyday basis. You’re getting paid by the company. They tell you what to do and how to do it.
But what if you’re an independent contractor? Well sometimes we could still get those benefits that you deserve, simply just titling you as an independent contractor doesn't relieve the employer from all liability they have if you’re injured at work.
There's certain things that you need to consider when you’re an independent contractor.
- Do you use your own tools or do they provide you with tools?
- Do they tell you when to come into work or do you set your own schedule?
- Do they tell you how and when to do your work or do you do that?
There's so many factors to consider when you’re an independent contractor, that you need the services of an attorney to make sure that you’re protected. Don't just listen to the employer when they tell you, "Well you’re an independent contractor. You’re not covered." I've had many clients, specifically clients who work for construction companies who are working for a contractor or a subcontractor. I've been able to get those benefits for them because they knew they needed an attorney. They contacted an attorney and we got them the benefits that they need.
So don't do this by yourself. The law is topsy and turvy when it comes to independent contractors and employers.
Georgia Workers Compensation Lawyer
I had a client who worked for the Georgia Department of Corrections. He worked in one of the prisons. He suffered a horrific back injury. He was trying to break a fight between two inmates.
He was in the worker's compensation system for quite a while.
In Georgia, if you're in the system for over 400 weeks, your income benefits stop unless your claim is deemed as catastrophic.
He came to us and we did everything we could to help him, and I'm happy to say that we did.
And the best thing about it is, I didn't have to take him to court to do it. I simply just listened to everything he told me. I drafted a great brief highlighting the things that he had been going through. I discussed his treatment plan with his doctors. And after outlining everything to the insurance company, they accepted the case as catastrophic.
So as we sit here today, he is still getting the income benefits that he needs, that he deserves. He's getting the treatment that he needs and deserves, and that's really what was important to him.
Atlanta Workers Comp Attorney
Hi, I'm Attorney Andre' Ramsay, your worker's compensation attorney. Now the question is when do I start getting my income benefits?
Georgia requires that you wait a seven-day waiting period before you start receiving income benefits.
Now, typically that means on the eighth day you would be due benefits, doesn't mean necessarily that you will receive them on the eighth day. The insurance company has twenty-one days before they decide whether they're going to pick your claim up, meaning that they're going to pay you your income benefits or whether they are going to deny the claim.
So your first check is actually not due until that twenty-one day period is up. Now if you’re out of work for the entire twenty-one days, you get all twenty-one days worth of time that you've missed. But if you’re before that twenty-one day period, they only owe you after that eighth day that you’re out of work. I know it's a lot of dates. It sounds very complex because it is. That's why you need us to help.
Workers' Compensation Atlanta
I often advise my clients to trust the process. Listen to me and work with me. I can't do it without them and they can't do it without us.
I listen to what their needs are and I try to portray those needs across to the insurance company.
So because I listen to them so much, I always tell them to always communicate. Communication is key on both ends. A lot of clients will say that their previous attorneys didn't call them back, or they don't know what's going on, they're lost in the process, so I try to keep an open line of communication.
Let them know what's going on but it has to be both ways for it to work. Contact us.