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Jonesboro Work Accident Lawyers: Advocating For Your Rights With Decades Of Experience

Accidents on the job can result in serious injuries and extended time off the job, impacting your livelihood and well-being. You may be left with mounting medical bills, rehabilitation costs and the stress of lost income during recovery. This disruption to your usual way of life can be overwhelming. It may affect not just your financial stability, but also your mental health and family dynamics. It’s crucial to recognize the far-reaching effects of work-related accidents, as they extend beyond the immediate injury and can profoundly alter your long-term security and quality of life.

At Skibiel Law in Jonesboro, we understand the challenges you’re facing. Our practice is dedicated to assisting victims of workplace accidents achieve the fullest recovery. Quality medical care and maximum compensation for your injuries and losses are priorities we strive for. Advocating for clients in Hapeville, Atlanta, and the surrounding Georgia counties is a commitment we uphold.

Georgia Workplace Accidents Can Leave You With Many Types Of Losses

If you were injured in a job-related accident – regardless of fault or circumstances – you may be entitled to medical and wage benefits under the Georgia workers’ compensation system. Additionally, if the negligence of a third party caused or contributed to your work accident, you might have grounds to pursue a separate personal injury lawsuit against that party. A successful lawsuit can give you significant compensation on top of your workers’ comp benefits, including compensation for your pain and suffering.

Our lawyers handle both types of cases. We want to ensure that you get every last dollar that you deserve.

Benefit From Our Experienced Jonesboro Attorneys Handling Every Type Of Work-Related Accident Case

With more than 30 years of experience, our lead workers’ compensation attorney – Mark A. Skibiel – has handled every type of workplace accident case, including:

  • Lifting injuries (back injuries, shoulder and knee injuries)
  • Falling accidents (heights, ladders, slippery floors)
  • Machinery and equipment accidents
  • On-duty vehicle accidents
  • Construction accidents
  • Electrical shock
  • Fires and explosions
  • Toxic exposures
  • Workplace violence
  • Workplace fatalities

As a former insurance lawyer, Mark understands the tactics that insurance companies often use to minimize or deny workers’ comp claims. He will protect your rights and stand up for you.

What Constitutes A “Workplace” Accident?
Compensable accidents do not always occur in the traditional workplace. You might be able to claim workers’ comp if you were injured in the company parking lot, in your own car, at a construction site or at a customer’s place of business. It’s not where you were injured, but whether the accident was work-related. Our attorneys are skilled and experienced at establishing that clients were “on duty” for purposes of workers’ compensation.

Third-Party Liability For Georgia Work Accidents

In most cases, employers must provide benefits even if workplace accidents stem from the worker’s own negligence or clumsiness. The trade-off is that workers cannot sue their employers or co-workers for negligence.

However, you may have a claim against other entities outside the chain of employment. Our lawyers are mindful of potential third-party claims beyond the limited benefits of workers’ comp. We can explore lawsuits for personal injury or wrongful death against manufacturers, subcontractors, property owners, utility companies, motorists or other parties.

Frequently Asked Questions About Workplace Accidents In Georgia

Injured workers often have a lot of pressing concerns and important questions. Here are some of the ones we hear most often:

What are my rights if I’m injured due to my own negligence or clumsiness at work?

Workers’ compensation is a “no-fault” system. With rare exceptions (such as on-the-job intoxication or incidents of horseplay), it does not matter if you contributed to your own injuries. You are entitled to workers’ compensation just the same.

How can I determine if a third party’s negligence contributed to my accident, and what does the process for pursuing a Georgia personal injury lawsuit look like?

Third-party negligence claims can be pursued outside of the workers’ compensation system (and at the same time) through a personal injury claim. You are the victim of third-party negligence any time someone other than your employer or a co-worker contributes to your injuries.

For example, if you are working roadside construction and a distracted driver clips you with their vehicle, you are entitled to workers’ compensation because that’s a workplace injury – but you would also have a viable personal injury claim against the errant driver for their negligence.

Pursuing a personal injury claim is best started with the help of an experienced attorney. They will contact the appropriate insurance companies involved and try to negotiate a fair settlement. If that is not possible, they can file a formal claim for compensation and pursue the case in court. A third-party claim can open the door to sources of compensation that are not available to you through workers’ compensation, and can help with workers’ comp is inadequate for your needs.

How do I file for workers’ compensation in Georgia, and what is the deadline to do so?

You have to file Form WC-14 with the State Board of Workers’ Compensation within one year from your date of injury (or diagnosis, in the case of chronic conditions).

Proven Advocates For Injured Georgia Workers

Call us locally at 770-400-0963 or toll-free at 770-968-3554 to schedule your free initial consultation with an experienced Jonesboro workplace accident lawyer. You may also contact us online. We handle cases on a contingency basis, meaning there are no attorney’s fees unless we make a recovery for you.*

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*You may be responsible for any court costs or additional legal expenses should your case go to trial.