In most Georgia personal injury claims, the injured party has the right
to pursue fair compensation by filing a lawsuit against the negligent
party, or another liable party such as their insurance company. When your
injuries occur on the job, however, you have much more limited recourse
to recover damages.
When you are hurt at work, it often impacts your ability to earn the money
you need to cover basic expenses. At Cummings & Middlebrooks, our
experienced Atlanta workers’ compensation attorneys are committed
to helping people get the benefits they need to rebuild their lives after
a serious injury.
If you’ve been injured at work, the clock is ticking to apply for
benefits. Call (404) 990-4432 today for the experienced representation you need.
Injury Lawsuits Against Employers
Georgia state law makes it virtually impossible to pursue a lawsuit against
your employer for a workplace injury or illness. This is because Georgia
utilizes a “no-fault” system for these cases, and require
you to instead pursue benefits through a workers’ compensation claim.
In some ways this is advantageous to injury victims, as they can typically
receive benefits even if the injury was not the fault of the employer.
The downside, however, is that your ability to file a lawsuit is in almost
all cases nonexistent.
What If They Do Not Have Workers’ Compensation Insurance?
If your employer is legally required to carry workers’ comp coverage,
and failed to do so, they will likely be subjected to criminal fines and
other penalties. However, you will not have the ability to sue the employer
for any workplace injuries you’ve suffered.
If the injuries were at least partially the fault of a third-party, however,
you may be able to pursue a lawsuit against them. This includes sub-contractors,
as well as the manufacturer of any defective machine or defective product
that was responsible for your injuries.
Hurt at work? Pursue the benefits you need with help from our Atlanta workers’
comp lawyers. Get started now with a
free case evaluation.