Savannah Workers’ Compensation Lawyer

Workers' Compensation Lawyers

No one wants to be injured – ever!  It hurts, of course, but it can also be frightening and worrisome to become injured or ill due to your job. How will your employer respond to your injury?  What if you were hurt through your own negligence, through the fault of a coworker,  due to a dangerous piece of machinery or by the act of a third party?  How will you pay your bills, if you are hurt?  How will you get medical attention?  What happens, if you are out of work for a long period of time?  Will your employer terminate your employment?  These and a number of other questions can swirl about in your head and the answers to these questions are sometimes “counterintuitive”.  That is, the answers may not be what you thought they would be!  Each state has its own workers’ compensation system and the laws of every state different to some degree, so no two states’ laws are exactly the same in all respects.  Entitlement to compensation varies, compensation rates vary, the means and methods for getting medical attention vary.  Claims, notice and statute of limitations periods and requirements vary.  In short, it is imperative that you seek advice from an attorney knowledgeable in workers’ compensation in your jurisdiction if you are injured in the course and scope of your employment.

In addition to the substantive provisions of the workers’ compensation system of your jurisdiction, it can be challenging to file and prosecute a workers’ compensation claim and to navigate the complexities of the process. Again, it is as foolish to try to be your own lawyer in a workers’ compensation matter, as it is in other areas of law, especially if you are unfamiliar with the ins and outs and intricacies of the workers’ compensation claims code and process.  The stress of prosecuting and managing a workers’ compensation claim can compound the stress being experienced due to the injury and disability, incapacity to work, and fear or concern over retaliation, real or imagined, by your employer. A skilled workers’ compensation attorney can help you determine the best course of action for your specific circumstance.

Having trusted counsel on your side can make the process go more smoothly and go faster, and with reduced stress, than if you tried to do it yourself.

Our workers’ compensation attorney at Thomas Hunter Law Firm in Savannah, GA is knowledgeable and ready to assist you with your worker’s compensation concerns and future steps. Get in touch with us today to schedule an appointment!

Workers' Compensation 101

What Is Workers’ Compensation?

Every state has its own system to deal with employees who are injured on the job or who may suffer an illness due to specific illness-causing exposures on the job and those systems are all different.  At the core of every claim is the question of whether the injured worker is an “employee”, as defined by that state’s workers’ compensation code.  In some states, an injured worker may not be covered for an on-the-job injury, if the worker is deemed to be an independent contractor, for example.  Even some “employees” may be denied benefits for misbehavior, disregard of company rules and any number of other disqualifying criteria.

Employers of “employees” are typically subject to workers’ compensation acts, but, not always!  Some states, for example, differentiate among employers based upon the companies’ number of “employees”, so a determination of whether the injured worker is an “employee” is always an important determination.  [Georgia, for example, does not require that companies with less than three employees carry workers’ compensation coverage.  They may elect to carry that coverage, if they wish, but some do not.  But decisions to carry worker’s compensation coverage can have broader impact.  What happens, for example, when a worker is injured and his company, maybe one that ordinarily would be required to carry workers’ compensation coverage, has characterized its entire workforce as “independent contractors”, who would typically not be covered for workplace injuries under a workers’ compensation policy?  That situation is becoming more and more commonplace and problematic and warrants more discussion that this website will allow.]

If workers’ compensation benefits are available for an injured worker, those benefits are typically designed to provide a portion of the worker’s regular, periodic income (for example, 2/3 of the employee’s average weekly wage, in Georgia), reasonable and necessary medical care and, possibly rehabilitation services.  These systems are not designed to “make the employee whole” or to cover all of the employee’s losses.  Typically, these systems do not cover non-economic damages such as pain, suffering, or emotional grief.  Again, the specific provisions of each state’s coverage will vary.  

Who Does Workers Compensation Cover?

While state rules differ, all companies in Savannah, GA, with three or more regular employees, must carry workers’ compensation coverage. Are you an “employee”?  Are you an “independent contractor”?  Do you get a W-2 for tax purposes or do you get a Form 1099?  Are you really an “employee”, even though your employer has designated or described you as an “independent contractor”?  If your employer dictates the time, place and manner of your employment, provides you with the tools and place to do you work, tells you what time to show up and what time to clock out, has a disciplinary process if you fail to meet job or production requirements and similar considerations tend to make the worker look more like an “employee” than an “independent contractor”, notwithstanding the employer’s designation for tax purposes.  In workers’ compensation, the substance and terms of the employment control whether the injured worker is deemed an employee or not. 

What Should I Do After Being Injured On The Job?

You should notify your employer of your injury as soon as possible, even if the injury seems small or seemingly-insignificant.  The employer is entitled to timely notice in order to investigate the incident.  Of course, not all occurrences or traumas will lead one to believe that an injury may lead to something which will necessitate medical attention or lost time from work.  But, a trauma that becomes a nagging issue, that will not heal or go away, or that begins to worsen are all signs that the workplace injury needs to be reported to the employer.  [In Georgia, for example, notice of the injury or illness should be given to the employer within 30 days of your injury or work-related illness or of learning of the potential connection between the injury or illness and the workplace.]   You might jeopardize your eligibility to workers’ compensation benefits, if you fail to provide proper and timely notice to the employer.  You should also seek medical help; see authorized providers, if required; and, generally, comply with the rules and regulations of your state’s workers’ compensation code, and; keep track of all medical expenses and receipts.

What Is The Role Of A Workers’ Compensation Attorney?

Workers’ compensation attorneys typically work on a contingent fee basis, governed by the provisions of the workers’ compensation code of the state.  So, again, the attorney’s compensation is generally contingent upon the attorney obtaining a money benefit for the client and upon the approval of the workers’ compensation governing body.  The attorney will advise you your rights, represent you in hearings, as necessary, manage your claim, and, generally, seek to make sure that you get the benefits (typically, medical treatment and income benefits) that you need, deserve and that the law allows.  In some instances, your attorney may be able to assist in recovering a settlement that would be in lieu of possible, future benefits.  Settlements are not always possible, however, since settlements require willing parties on both sides and sometimes, insurers are unwilling to offer reasonable amounts to effect settlements. 

When Should I Consult With A Workers’ Compensation Attorney?

It is always advantageous to consult with a workers’ compensation attorney as soon as possible after a work-related injury.  That initial consult may indicate that you do or do not yet need a lawyer, but it will certainly result in your being more informed, which is always a good thing. If you have been injured, you need to know what to expect and what is likely to occur, and when to expect things to happen.  If you do not speak with a lawyer immediately following your injury, however, here are some instances that should trigger that consultation:

1. Your employer rejects your claim.

If your company refuses to accept your claim as compensable, meaning that they refuse to cover and pay your claim.

2. If you don’t get your benefits or your rights are, otherwise, violated.

If the employer has accepted your claim as compensable, but does not timely pay income benefits, or timely pay the correct amount of income benefits, or does not provide reasonable and necessary medical care, or does not direct you to such care, if required by statute, or fails to provide reasonable and necessary ancillary benefits (like crutches, wheelchairs or walkers, for example) that are prescribed by your medical provider.  Some states (not Georgia) provide you some protections against retaliatory termination.  These are all instances in which the workers’ compensation carrier or employer does not do what they are supposed to do, or does what they are prohibited from doing, and your attorney can seek to address these issues.

3. You wish to settle your claim.

If you file a claim, the insurer will deem it compensable, meaning it is covered by the workers’ compensation code, or not compensable, meaning not covered by the workers’ compensation code.  In either instance, it is possible that a settlement might be achieved as settlements are a way to close out claims, whether accepted as compensable or not. 

4. Your injury was caused by someone other than you.

Just how and why you were injured on the job is important.  If you were injured on the job due to someone else’s negligence, whether a coworker, a machine that was defective or improperly modified or a third party, you need to speak with a lawyer.  As I have said before, the laws of different states will differ.  One state may allow you to bring a negligence claim against another person or entity – one outside the workers’ compensation arena – while another state may not.  A workers’ compensation lawyer in your jurisdiction will know what you can and cannot do from a tort and bodily injury claim standpoint.  Tort claims against viable, negligent parties can afford you the opportunity to receive additional compensation, including elements of damages that are not recoverable under workers’ compensation codes.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Do I Have Grounds To Sue My Employer For Personal Injury?

Generally, employees are prohibited from suing their employers for the injuries they sustain on-the-job. But, again, the laws of different states may vary, so check with an attorney in your state. Workers’ compensation laws typically characterize and encompass what is deemed an “exclusive” remedy for the employee’s claims against the employer. However, you may have grounds for a separate personal injury claim, if someone other than your employer, such as a third party, was responsible for the condition, circumstance or accident that caused your injuries. At Thomas Hunter Law Firm, we’ll look at the facts of your claim and let you know what your legal rights and claims may be.
  • What Types Of Benefits Are Available Under Workers’ Compensation?

The following benefits are typically available under workers’ compensation codes:
  1. Medical benefits
Generally, all reasonable and necessary medical care are provided, including such items as office visits, operations, prescriptions, physical therapy, injections, travel to and from medical providers, ancillary aids, etc.
  1. Income benefits
Workers’ compensation income benefits vary from state to state, and are subject to change periodically by state legislatures, but, typically, are provided for some specified period of time and are allowed as a percentage of average weekly wages, and up to a stated maximum amount. In Georgia, for example, the income benefit is 2/3 of gross average weekly wages, not to exceed $675/week. [High income earners are particularly at risk in the event of work-related, disabling injuries and should consider purchasing disability coverage on their own to supplement their income loss in the event of a disabling injury, on or off the job.]
  1. Physical impairments coverage
Some states will provide extra benefits designed as compensation for permanent physical impairments or restrictions due to the injury. This coverage is usually expressed as percentages of loss of use to body parts or function, as reflected in various authoritative publications.
  1. Death benefits
These are benefits paid following the death of the injured worker and may include items like burial benefits and weekly income benefits paid to the worker’s surviving dependents. Let our worker’s compensation attorney at Thomas Hunter Law Firm assist you in determining all benefits that may be recoverable.
  • Why Should I Engage A Savannah, GA Workers’ Compensation Lawyer?

Having a skilled Savannah, GA workers’ compensation attorney on your side can make a huge impact. The universe of defense lawyers handling workers’ compensation cases in Georgia is actually quite small and concentrated in a small number of law firms. As a consequence, claimants’ lawyers with years of workers’ compensation practice get to know the lawyers on the other side and have the opportunity to establish credibility with, and gain the respect of, those defense lawyers. That credibility and respect from the defense bar can pay dividends for an injured worker. From start to finish, an experienced workers’ compensation attorney can help you every step of the way. Our tenacious attorney at Thomas Hunter Law Firm has handled a wide range of complex workers’ compensation cases and has been handling these claims for more than 40 years.. We know what it takes to win and how to maximize outcomes. So put your trust in a firm that prioritizes your needs. To schedule a free case evaluation, contact Thomas Hunter Law Firm today!

Professional Workers' Compensation Attorney In Savannah, GA

Working through a worker’s compensation claim, while dealing with the pain of your injuries and the disruption of your regular activities and daily routine, is not something you should attempt to do yourself.

The workers’ compensation attorney at Thomas Hunter Law Firm in Savannah, GA, can assist you, if you need a lawyer for workers’ compensation or have any concerns about a workers’ compensation claim. Our firm has helped clients recover millions of dollars in benefits.

We understand how insurers work.  We know their claims practices and strategies.  Our firm relishes the opportunity to take on complex cases with these powerful parties. You don’t have to fight them alone.  Let us help you recover the workers’ compensation benefits – medical expenses or lost income – that you deserve.

Traumatic brain injuries can occur in on-the-job accidents, just like they can in car wrecks, trip and fall incidents and a host of other ways.  The signs of such injuries can, of course, be obvious and dramatic, but they also be subtle and difficult to discern.  Memory loss, persistent headaches, speech pathology, emotional disruption, and others, may necessitate examination.  We try to be alert for such signs with our clients, whether they were injured on the job or otherwise, to make sure they get to professionals, who can evaluate and treat them for closed head injuries, if necessary. A traumatic brain injury can have life-altering consequences. Aside from dealing with the physical and emotional consequences of the damage, the victim also has to deal with the many day-today obstacles that come with being a person who has suffered a brain injury. These injuries expand the array of workers’ compensation benefits that could be available to an injured worker.  Help is, fortunately, readily available. An attorney, who is attuned to brain injury cases, can provide support and direction throughout the legal process, ensuring that sufferers obtain the compensation they are entitled to receive.

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7505 Waters Ave, A1 Savannah, GA 31406 (912)231-1116

Savannah Gas Explosion Injury Lawyer

Gas Explosion Lawyers

Gas plays a vital function in our daily lives. It has a valuable presence in various scenarios throughout the year, from summer barbecues to winter heating. But unfortunately, if gas is not adequately managed, the people who use it may suffer serious long-term harm.

Gas can accumulate in pockets over time, resulting in flames or explosions. These occurrences have the potential to inflict severe personal and property damage. It also causes injuries that cause physical and emotional pain for years, if not decades.
Homeowners or other individuals harmed by gas-related explosions are frequently blamed. But, on the other hand, gas and utility companies are often at fault. When a utility company’s negligence causes you or your family harm, you should seek legal help immediately.

Are you looking for a gas explosion attorney in Savannah, GA? Thomas Hunter Law Firm is here, and we have years of experience in Personal Injury. We have dealt with gas explosion cases before and know what to do. We have the knowledge and resources to assist you in determining your next steps and obtaining the best possible outcome for your case. Get in touch with us today!

Gas Explosion Accidents: What You Need To Know

What Are Some Of The Most Common Causes Of Gas Explosion Mishaps?

Most gas explosions happen at work, where enormous amounts of gas are stored improperly, coupled with worker negligence or hazardous conditions. Those who work with gas have a responsibility to keep themselves and others safe by eliminating dangers on the job. If a gas explosion occurs at work despite these safeguards, you may be entitled to file a workers’ compensation claim, in which case your company will compensate you for your losses.

Gas appliances that are not adequately maintained are frequently the source of gas explosions. In addition, third-party responsibility could arise from gas explosions in a home caused by a design flaw, a manufacturing flaw, or incorrect installation. Although a homeowner is rarely held liable for such mishaps, a gas explosion in the home can be terrifying and devastating.

What Are The Types Of Gas Explosions?

A gas explosion might occur when a massive amount of gas is kept in a single location. A propane tank, a manufacturing plant, a gas line, or a fuel tank can all be used as a storage location. When working with volatile materials like gases, it’s crucial to exercise caution to avoid explosions. The various types of gas explosions are as follows:

1. Industrial Explosions

A warehouse or manufacturing complex where significant volumes of chemicals and gases are stored may experience an industrial explosion. People who work with gases should be taught how to handle them properly and what to do if a leak is suspected.

The employment of vehicles to transport explosive gases, malfunctioning electrical equipment, or chemical spills are all common causes of gas explosions in an industrial context. In addition, significant eruptions in industrial settings harm the surrounding environment, contaminating the air and putting the lives of all those who live or work nearby in jeopardy.

2. Residential Explosions

Large gas-powered appliances can cause gas explosions in the home. Boilers, furnaces, and ovens are all popular gas appliances. Modern devices are usually safe and efficient if installed correctly, but bad wiring or improper installation can be fatal.

The risk of explosion increases if the appliance is designed with a dangerous flaw that allows gas to leak. If there isn’t adequate ventilation in the house, appliances like stoves and ovens that reveal a small quantity of gas over time might cause gas to build up. This collected gas might be ignited by a bit of spark or heat source in the home, resulting in an explosion.

3. Propane Tanks

Propane is a highly flammable gas commonly stored in tanks in water heaters, air conditioners, furnaces, and outdoor grills. The unmistakable odor of propane leaks makes them instantly recognizable.

Propane tanks are safe to store in the home and rarely explode. Propane explosions are caused by various conditions, including faulty storage or maintenance, misuse, improper disposal, or manufacturing faults.

4. Fuel Tanks

Fuel tanks are used to store propane, petroleum gasoline, or other forms of gases found in both residential and industrial settings. If the driver is involved in an accident that causes the fuel tank to leak or catch fire, the tank may explode. Therefore, most flammable and combustible gases should be prominently stated on the tank and the type of gas it contains.

Proper storage is essential to avoid incidents. For example, store the tank in a secure and dry location away from direct sunlight. To prevent leaking, keep valves and lids tightly closed. Any visible or odored leaks should be dealt with right away.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • What Kind Of Injuries Are Caused By Gas Explosions?

Blow force trauma, crush injuries, lacerations, and burns are all possible injuries from explosions. A blast wave created by a blast can cause damage to every organ in the human  body, including eardrums, brain, and lungs. When debris falls on someone, it can cause an injury. These injuries can result in limb loss and death. The most common type of explosion damage is burns, resulting in permanent impairments, deformity, and death.

  • When Should I Hire An Attorney To Represent Me In My Gas Explosion Case?

If you or a family member has been injured due to a gas explosion, you should get legal advice as quickly as possible. There is a deadline for filing a personal injury claim, but evidence might be lost or destroyed over time due to the blast clean-up. Therefore, you must retain proof after the explosion to prove your case.

Your lawyer will begin researching and gathering evidence as soon as possible, interviewing witnesses, handling insurance claims, and analyzing medical records. You may not be in good enough shape to seek aid right away if the explosion has injured you, but it’s critical to get started as soon as possible.

  • Who Is Responsible For Injuries In A Gas Explosion Lawsuit?

A skilled legal team will track down all of the responsible parties. For example, if you are hurt in an apartment explosion, the building owner, landlord, public utilities, maintenance staff, and appliance makers are all held accountable, depending on the circumstances.

Why Hire Thomas Hunter Law Firm?

At Thomas Hunter Law Firm, our personal injury lawyer in Savannah, GA, understands that the stakes in a gas leak case are enormous and that more than just your financial future is on the line. The utility companies should be held liable for their negligence in gas leaks and explosions, which pose a severe risk to public safety. It is essential to address the incident immediately. While nothing can make up for the pain you’ve endured due to someone else’s negligence, we’re here to help you through this challenging time. We’ll work hard to find all possible sources of compensation on your behalf.

Accidents can cause spinal cord injuries in various ways, but they all have one thing in common: a long road to recovery and the possibility of life-altering damages.

Spinal injuries are severe, and they can be extremely challenging to heal. If you have suffered a spinal injury due to someone else’s negligence, the Thomas Hunter Law Firm will fight for you to ensure you receive the maximum compensation.

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7505 Waters Ave, A1 Savannah, GA 31406 (912)231-1116

Savannah On-The-Job Injury Lawyer

“On-the-job” injuries are usually thought of as workers’ compensation claims – things like  occupational injuries or illnesses that arise out of and occur, while in the course and scope of an employee’s employment.  The status of being an “employee” is essential to a successful workers’ compensation claim.   Typically, just how or why the injury occurred, or even if the employee was negligent himself, is not dispositive on the issue of compensability in a workers’ compensation claim, as long as the employee is not injured while engaging in misconduct or other prohibited acts or behavior.  For example, in some states an employee injured on the job, while under the influence of drugs or alcohol, may be denied benefits under workers’ compensation.  Injuries might occur suddenly, like a fall from a ladder, or may occur gradually, like conditions that develop from repetitive motion of parts of the worker’s body.   

But just how and why the workplace injury occurred could be very important, if an employee is injured by negligent acts or omissions by “third parties”, that is, persons or entities unrelated to the employer, and in such instances an injured work may be able to bring a claim for his injury against the third party, in addition to the employee’s worker’s compensation claim.  For example, if an outside vendor, who services the soda machine in the workplace, spills fluid on the floor on which the worker slips and is injured, the worker might be able to pursue a claim against that vendor, in addition to a worker’s compensation claim.  Makers of hazardous machinery or devices may also be potentially-liable parties for injuries suffered with the machines or devices.   

In all injury claims, the facts of the occurrence are critical to determining benefits, types of claims that can be presented, possible parties who may owe benefits and receipt of just compensation, whether under workers’ compensation laws or with claims against third parties.  It is important that you consult with an attorney as soon as possible after your  accident to make sure that you do what is required, like provide timely notice of the incident and injury, and to preserve the evidence necessary for you to prevail later on in a contested situation.

 

Different Kinds of On-the-job Injuries

Each state has its own workers compensation system, statutes and case law, so benefits, rules, regulations, provisions and requirements will vary – sometimes widely.  Workers’ compensation might include, for example, claims that arise from sudden or gradual injuries or from illnesses that develop due to exposure to workplace chemicals or ambient conditions or, in some instances, to the conditions of the employment itself.  Breathing harmful dust or vapors, a stressful job that leads to a heart attack or carpal tunnel disorders may or may not be compensable, depending upon the facts and your state’s workers’ compensation system.  The only way to know whether your claim may be covered, is to speak with a lawyer, who is knowledgeable in this area of the law.   Additionally, a personal injury caused by an on-the-job accident (including slip-and-fall injuries, brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, and others) may be compensable in a separate claim against a negligent party.  Your lawyer will know if such a claim can be pursued.  

Workplace injuries occur in a variety of ways and under a variety of situations. The terms of employment, the status of the worker, the places and activities where injuries occur, can all figure into, and determine, the outcome.  Was the worker injured after parking his car and walking toward the place of employment?  What if he was injured during a scheduled break? How are claims handled for workers who must travel?  What if a traveling worker was injured during a personal deviation to go shopping?  What if the shopping included looking for something associated with the employment? These and many other questions can influence or control whether workers’ compensation will be paid, so you will need to have an experienced attorney evaluate the particulars of your claim.  

Work-related injuries can be small or large, but you need to know what to expect.  How will your employer likely react to your injury? What can they do and what are they prohibited from doing?  What benefits should you expect and when can you expect them?  What happens to your job?  Do you have job security? What if you cannot return to work?  Are there other benefits and benefits systems that you can access, and when should you access them?  As you can see, getting answers to these and other questions from your attorney will assure you get piece of mind to go along with the benefits that you deserve.

1. Traumatic Injuries Due To Unsafe Equipment Or Vehicles

Defective or hazardous equipment is a common cause of workplace injuries. Poorly designed, manufactured, assembled, or, in some cases, repaired or altered equipment can pose  risks. For example, ladders, scaffolds, complicated heavy machinery and power tools can cause disabling or fatal injuries and, if those items are poorly designed or manufactured, claims can be made against those responsible for the poor design or construction.  Construction, manufacturing facilities, assembly plants and mining sites are notorious for these types of mishaps.

Serious falls are common for construction workers, miners, and factory workers. A fall from any significant height can result in broken bones, internal injuries, and even permanent paralysis or death. Workers who sustain such serious injuries can expect to be out of work for an extended period while they recover. Many are never able to return to work.

Many jobs require the use of motor vehicles, and there is always a risk of motor vehicle accidents. Fatal or severe accidents caused by careless drivers or equipment failures may happen.

2. Injuries Caused By Repetitive Motion

Repetitive motion injuries occur due to repeatedly performing a single characteristic movement. For example, employees who spend their days typing on a computer keyboard without appropriate ergonomic protection may develop carpal tunnel syndrome, which renders them unable to type for extended periods. [Smart employers take steps to improve the workplace by anticipating such risks and providing adequate protection for their employees.  In so doing, smart employers reduce their loss experience for workers’ compensation claims and safe money otherwise spent on workers’ compensation premiums and benefits.]  

3. Chronic Exposure To Dangerous Chemicals or Substances

Many jobs require some measure of exposure to toxic or hazardous chemicals or substances and that exposure, whether brief or long term, may lead to the development of serious illnesses or injuries.  Silica or coal dust can lead to serious medical issues for miners.  Various chemicals involved in manufacturing can lead to illnesses or injuries to factory workers. Welders may breathe welding fumes, including airborne lead, which can lead to serious, life-threatening conditions.  In all instances in which a serious illness or injury occurs, it is important for the affected worker to seek legal counsel, who can investigate, and prosecute if appropriate, a claim for health problems caused by harmful, work-related toxic or hazardous exposures. 

4. Emotional And Psychological Trauma

Physical injuries are not the only type of workplace injuries. Many times, there are emotional or psychological components to the physical trauma of a workplace injury.  Many states will require that there be an actual, physical trauma that then precipitates or causes the psychological issues before accepting responsibility for treatment of the psychological issues.  That is, the physical trauma causes the psychological issue.  Some states, usually in a very limited fashion, will recognize as compensable causation in the opposite direction, that is, the stress causes the physical problem.  It is obviously more difficult to prove that job stress, among all the other stresses of life, actually caused a physical injury.  The classic example of a stressful job-physical injury situation is the worker who suffers a heart attack at his desk without any other obvious or known stressor as the precipitating cause.  

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Who Can Seek Benefits for On-the-job Injuries?

Any employee, who is injured at work and covered by workers’ compensation, can file a claim for benefits. If you suffer and injury, you may be entitled to reasonable and necessary medical care and treatment.  If you are unable to perform the usual and customary aspects of your job due to your injury, you may be entitled to some portion of your regular weekly income.  

This type of claim should be filed as soon as possible after a workplace injury or illness occurs. Delay in filing a workers’ compensation claim can jeopardize your ability to receive appropriate compensation. Timely notice of the accident and injury must be given to prevent the claim from being barred.  

  • What Are the Statutes of Limitations For On-the-job Cases?

As has been stated before, every state has its own workers’ compensation system and statutes.  Filing requirements vary from one state to the next.  The best advice is always to seek legal representation as soon after your injury as possible and let your lawyer make sure that you comply, or have complied, with the notice, filing and other time limitations specified by your individual state law.  These time limitations act like statutes of limitation in personal injury claims and failure to comply with the requirements could cause you to lose the right to compensation. 

  • When Is It Best to File A Case For an On-the-job Injury

The various time requirements (statutes of limitation) in a workplace injury case vary from state to state.  A workers’ compensation claim may have a notice requirement, a hearing requirement and other time limitations.  A third-party negligence claim, associated with a workplace injury, will have whatever statute of limitation there is for bodily injury claims in that jurisdiction.  Time requirements are sometimes tolled or extended due to various circumstances, like following the death of an injured worker, the minority or incapacity of the claimant, etc.  The only way to know for sure is to seek competent legal counsel as soon as you can so your rights will be protected.  You do not want to lose your right to seek recovery for medical expenses, lost wages, and other benefits or damages due to your delay.

Secure Worker’s On-the-Job Rights

The Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) seeks to improve workplace safety in order to reduce or minimize worker injuries or illnesses.  Dangerous conditions can be reported to OSHA by workers, who will investigate and enforce changes to foster safe conditions.  Keeping the workplace free of disease-causing agents and hazardous conditions benefits everyone.  

If you suffered an on-the-job injury, whether due to an unsafe workspace, or otherwise, in the Savannah, GA area, then you may be entitled to compensation. Get in touch with the Thomas Hunter Law Firm today to schedule a no-obligation case evaluation with our attorney.

Before products are placed in use and commerce, manufacturers should exercise care that it is safe and free of defects.  Negligence on the part of the manufacturer in the design or manufacture of the product may cause severe damage or harm.  Financial costs, missed wages, pain, suffering, and mental distress from a defective product can be devastating. You’ll need a product liability lawyer who can help you get the money or verdict you deserve.

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Savannah Burn Injury Lawyer

Burn Injury Lawyers

A burn injury can be excruciatingly painful and dangerous. This type of injury may have long-term ramifications that influence every aspect of your life.

If your damage was caused by another party’s negligence, whether due to a fire, a faulty product, or something else, you may have a burn injury claim that can be made.  An experienced burn injury attorney can assist you with the legal process. Your lawyer will examine the facts of your case and devise a plan to make a just and fair recovery for you.

Thomas Hunter Law Firm is a personal injury law firm representing burn accident victims due to someone else’s carelessness.

Our experienced personal injury attorney will guide you through your case seeking just and fair compensation. Thomas Hunter Law Firm can provide the representation you need.

What You Should Know About Burn Injuries

What Are The Causes Of Burn Injuries?

The causes of burn injuries can be classified into four main categories:

1. Thermal

These are burns that are caused when a person comes into contact with a hot object. A hot object can be anything that holds or generates high heat, such as fire, steam, scalding liquid, etc.

2. Radiation

Exposure to levels of UV rays, X-rays, or other forms of radiation can cause radiation burns. Overexposure to the sun’s UV rays – sunburn – is the most common cause of radiation burns. While the damage done by thermal burns generally appears quickly following contact with a hot object, radiation burns might take days or even weeks to appear.

3. Chemical

If you touch or ingest various caustic substances, acids, or solvents, chemical burns can occur. These substances react adversely with the body’s tissues.  Chemical burns are often caused by the misuse of everyday household products, such as cleaning or cosmetic solutions. Another prominent cause of chemical burns reason comes from the handling of corrosive chemicals at work.

4. Electrical

Electricity is an essential utility in the modern world, but it poses danger and must be handled with care.  An electrical burn can occur when electricity comes into contact with your skin. If someone touches exposed wiring from an appliance, if children bite on electrical cords or stick their fingers in electrical outlets, or if someone makes wiring repairs without first turning off the power source, electrical burns can occur. The amount and duration of the exposure and the characteristics of the electrical power, all figure into the level of harm that can result.  The harm might range from a minor skin irritation/burn to significant tissue and organ damage, or even death.

What Are The Various Kinds Of Burns?

Burns are classified by their severity. 

1. First-Degree

A first-degree burn is a slight burn that affects your skin’s top layer. Skin redness, itching, discomfort, and swelling are all possible symptoms. You may observe skin peeling in the burn area after a day or two. Because the discomfort is usually minor and of short duration, it may not necessitate medical attention.

2. Second-Degree

Second-degree burns, which affect the top two layers of your skin, are more severe than first-degree burns. Severe sunburn, fire exposure, or contact with boiling water can all cause this form of burn. Blisters, wetness, discoloration, and extreme discomfort are all symptoms of the affected area.

Second-degree burns might be modest in some cases, but they can also be severe and even life-threatening in others. Longer recovery times are also likely, with full recovery spanning several weeks.  Due to the increased possibility of infection presented by 2nd degree burns, medical care is recommended.

3. Third-Degree

This type of burn, also known as full-thickness burns, destroys the top two layers of the skin and the fat tissues. As a result, your skin may appear burnt, white, brown, or black. It could also have a leathery, dry texture. Third-degree burns require urgent medical attention. Often, extensive therapy is required, including possible skin transplants and surgery.

4. Fourth-Degree

A fourth-degree burn is a severe burn that destroys your skin’s top layers, tissues, nerves, and maybe even muscles. It may appear burned, and there may even be visible bone. However, you may not immediately experience pain commensurate with the damage, because many nerves are most likely injured.

A fourth-degree burn is a medical emergency, which requires immediate,  emergency care. The longer you wait for treatment, the worse the effects might be, including loss of tissue and bone, amputation or death.

Who Is Responsible For Burn Injuries?

The compensation you may receive is influenced by who is responsible for your burn damage. If the burn occurs on the job, you may receive those benefits allowed under workers’ compensation.  If the burn occurs due to the negligence of a third party, special, general and even punitive dames may be recovered.  The following entities, among others, are sometimes responsible for burn injuries:

  1. A malfunctioning product’s manufacturer
  2. A property owner, where a burn injury occurred on their property
  3. An employer, whose employee suffers a burn while in the course and scope of the employment

Frequently Asked Questions

  • What Is A Burn Injury?

Radiation, sunshine, electricity, chemicals, and heat can all cause tissue damage and result in a burn. In addition, inhaling heated air, such as steam, touching or ingesting hot liquids, contacting certain gasses or flammable substances, or coming into contact with fire can cause scalding, burns, or inhalation injuries.

  • How Long Do Burns Take To Heal?

First-degree burns usually take a week to ten days to recover completely. It usually takes two to three weeks for severe second-degree burns to heal completely. Scarring or discoloration can occur as a result of the healing process. Third-degree and fourth-degree burns will most likely necessitate surgery, which may include skin grafts. Multiple procedures and a long recovery time are expected for third-degree and fourth-degree burns.

  • How Much Time Do I Have To File A Lawsuit For A Burn Injury?

Burn injuries, like other forms of injury, are subject to state-specific statutes of limitation.  If you do not bring a lawsuit within the applicable statute of limitations, you may lose your right to compensation. Therefore, to protect your legal rights, we strongly advise you to contact Thomas Hunter Law Firm as soon as possible.

Burn Injury Attorneys In Savannah, GA

If you have suffered a burn injury, it’s essential to know your legal rights. Thomas Hunter Law Firm’s skilled burn injury attorney has over forty years of experience representing injured clients in Savannah and surrounding areas.  We are ready to prosecute your claim aggressively. So, get in touch with us right away to talk about your case!

Head injuries are prevalent when motorcyclists, bicyclists, and pedestrians are involved in car accidents or traffic accidents. These injuries can be external or internal, and they can affect the brain in some way, ranging from minor concussions to irreversible brain damage. Head injuries can cause symptoms and consequences immediately or take hours or even days to manifest. That is why anyone who suffers a head injury in an accident should seek immediate medical help, as soon as an injury is suspected or when symptoms appear.

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Savannah Construction Accident Lawyer

Construction Accident Lawyers

Construction workers are always at risk for injury in their job, and it turns out that a large number of them get hurt each year. Sometimes, these injuries often put an end to a career before it even starts! Falls, use of machinery, and equipment malfunctions are the most common causes of these injuries.
A construction accident attorney is there to help you and your family through a work injury process. Although every state requires employers to provide workers’ compensation insurance for their employees, the benefits may not be sufficient to pay the costs of construction workers’ injuries.
Unfortunately, many injured construction workers are unaware that they may be able to seek further compensation under certain circumstances.  Therefore, construction workers, who have been injured at work, should immediately seek legal counsel.
The Thomas Hunter Law Firm in Savannah, GA, has experience with workplace injuries, particularly those suffered on construction sites. Mr. Hunter is experienced with the rules and regulations that govern these claims and can assist you in navigating these laws to recover compensation for your losses.

6 Benefits Of Hiring A Construction Accident Attorney

1. The Attorney Holds All The Parties Involved Accountable.

A construction project usually involves employees, vendors, and workers from many different organizations working together. As a result, construction and utility workers, deliverymen, subcontractors, and others are on the same job site at the same time.  Sometime their paths cross.  Sometimes they don’t know what someone else is doing.  Sometimes they create dangerous situations for other workers.  Although workers’ compensation awards may cover expenses for injured construction employees, many construction site accidents are caused by situations involving third parties who the employers do not employ and who do not qualify as “statutory” employers (or similar) who are afforded expanded exemptions from suit. A construction accident lawyer will immediately follow the lines of employment and events that led to the injury and assist in determining who else may have contributed to it.

In addition, a lawyer who has handled construction site litigation understands what types of evidence to collect to support a liability case. If a worker wins workers’ compensation benefits, this information can support future construction accident cases. Finally, an experienced lawyer with a thorough understanding of construction site laws and regulations can assess if a construction worker’s injury was caused by a failure or malfunction of equipment or safety.

2. Attorneys Have The Ability To Bargain With Insurers.

Accidents on construction sites can result in anything from bruises and injuries to death.
If you are injured at work, there’s a chance your worker’s compensation insurer may deny your claim.  There is a chance all of your medical expenses and income losses may not be paid.  You need to take the necessary steps to protect yourself by getting as much information as possible about what happened at the construction site. Recovery, medical or other expenditures, and the emotional exhaustion that follows a construction site accident, may overwhelm an injured worker and his family. Furthermore, the injured person may be concerned about future financial obligations and mistakenly accept an insurer’s first settlement offer, which may be insufficient to cover their accident-related costs.

Injured construction workers and their families can avoid accepting settlements that only cover a portion of their damages by hiring an experienced lawyer familiar with insurance processes and interacting with adjusters. A skilled lawyer can also establish a case’s acceptable worth and use it to negotiate with an adjuster.

3. Attorneys Have The Ability To Advocate For The Rights of Injured Workers.

Workers whose employers fail to file claims can hire an attorney to advocate for their rights. Workers’ compensation insurance carries a high premium since construction work is highly hazardous. Furthermore, premium prices rise as the number of claims rises. It is against the law for most employers to fail to carry this coverage in most places.  If a worker is injured, he has the right to expect his employer to notice the insurer of the claim. 

Nonetheless, construction company owners may refuse to file workers’ compensation claims on behalf of injured employees to prevent premium hikes and to keep OSHA off their backs. A lawyer can advise a construction worker on what to do if an employer refuses to file a claim or misfiles claim documentation. A lawyer, for example, could contact employers and clarify their responsibilities in the event of a claim being filed. They can go directly to insurers to initiate the process. They can appeal claim denials by prosecuting claims with the Workers’ Compensation Boards.  Finally, a lawyer will advise a client on whether to pursue claims for damages not covered by workers’ compensation insurance, if an appropriate third-party claim can be made.  

4. Attorneys Assist Their Clients In Determining The True Worth Of Their Claims.

Most insurance adjusters work hard to keep settlement amounts to a minimum. Hence, rather than making decisions that benefit injured construction workers, they help their employers. On the other hand, an experienced attorney can assist injured workers, and their families in determining the value of their claims by pointing out benefits and damages they may have overlooked. Many workers, for example, may assume that a reasonable settlement covers their immediate out-of-pocket expenses and ignore a broader spectrum of losses, such as:

  • Future income losses
  • Expenses incurred throughout the recovery process due to transportation
  • Fees for medical related travel
  • Long-term care expenses

Lawyers who grasp the extent of an accident’s impact on their clients’ lives will fight to obtain the highest payment possible. They are also aware of settlements involving similar accidents, which they might use as rationale or precedent for seeking damages.

5. Attorneys File Lawsuits On Behalf Of Their Clients.

Even when construction businesses follow adequate safety measures and standards, accidents resulting in injuries can occur on building sites. Things, like third-party  activities or negligence or malfunctioning equipment can cause on-site injuries.

Scaffolds that do not support the correct weight or malfunctioning forklifts are examples of defective equipment. Workers injured due to faulty equipment may file a lawsuit against the manufacturer for compensation. They must, nevertheless, show that they and their employers were unaware of the faults with the equipment.

Workers’ compensation does not cover third-party construction site litigation, which allows for damages like those in other personal injury lawsuits. For example, a construction worker injured due to faulty equipment may be entitled to recover general damages, like for his pain and suffering, and for punitive damages, if appropriate.  These damages can be substantial for many wounded construction workers, mainly when injuries result in losing bodily functions or long-term physical and mental suffering.

6. Attorneys Can Generally Assist Their Clients In Resolving Their Claims Faster.

When injured, construction workers who call a construction accident lawyer might avoid lengthy claims procedures. Missing or erroneous paperwork is a major stumbling block to resolving most claims. A construction accident legal firm can help you with every stage of the claims procedure and anticipate all of the proof and paperwork that insurance will require, such as:

  • Bills and medical documents
  • Expenses incurred by workers due to accidents
  • Photos from the scene of an accident
  • Statements from witnesses

Lawyers are also more likely than clients to receive timely updates and a fair settlement offer from an adjuster during the claims process.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • What Are the Risks That Lead To Construction Accidents?

Most construction employees who were hurt at work did so while working on uneven or unstable surfaces, operating heavy machinery, or executing tasks in a dangerous setting without enough training. Many accidents happen in construction zones on construction sites and highways when the public is kept out by erecting barriers, using signage, and erecting fences. When working on the construction site or in the construction zone perimeter, workers must wear protective equipment as a safety precaution. Many construction accidents occur every year due to failure to someone’s failure to  follow safety requirements.

Who Is In Charge Of Starting And Maintaining A Construction Accident Prevention Program?

Safe workplaces are in everyone’s best interest.  Construction companies usually establish and maintain general safety and health procedures to keep workers safe. The employer will often have a safety engineer or a risk manager, who will inspect the job site, equipment, and supplies regularly and hold meeting with workers geared to safety measures.  Safe workplaces lead to better productivity and reduce the costs that would be incurred with worker injuries.

Proper training in safety procedures also reduces the prospect of project downtime once an accident occurs.

After A Construction Accident, Do I Need An Attorney?

Personal injury law, particularly construction accident lawsuits, can be tricky to understand. If you’ve been hurt, you’ll need a personal injury lawyer to help you figure out who was to blame for your accident. You won’t be able to recover any damages owed to you if you wait too long and the statute of limitations runs out. It is always a good idea to consult an attorney as soon as possible to find out what you may be entitled to and to improve your prospects of getting a fair amount of compensation to cover your losses.

Reliable Construction Accident Lawyer In Savannah, GA

Construction sites can involve hazards that require property owners, employees, subcontractors, government officials, and anyone else to exercise caution. Construction employees, who provide the labor and use the equipment on a job site, are unfortunately the ones who are most exposed to hazards and dangers that can result in debilitating injuries or death.
Although workers’ compensation can usually provide some benefits from a construction site injury, the benefits are sometimes insufficient to compensate for the financial hardships that construction accidents cause workers and their families.
If you or a loved one has been injured on the job, contact Thomas Hunter Law Firm right away to schedule a free consultation to discuss your options. Allow us to assist you in securing your financial future and your peace of mind.

Traumatic brain injury (TBI) is a condition that can impact your life significantly. For example, some people experience cognitive disabilities, while others may have impaired physical functions following the trauma to their heads.  Motor vehicle, bus and truck accidents, sports injuries and other instances where the head is injured can lead to permanent or temporary impairment in multiple ways.

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