Taking Care of Clients in Difficult Times
Did you suffer a neck injury while on the job? Unsure of what steps you should take to get the medical care and financial assistance you need? Talk to our team of Atlanta neck injury workers’ comp lawyers at The Law Offices of Nathaniel F. Hansford, LLC. With 45+ years of combined experience, a track record of million-dollar case results, and award-winning advocacy, we are the first team you should trust with your neck injury claim.
We represent employees who suffered neck injuries due to the following work-related accidents:
- Truck or car accidents
- Slip and falls
- Repetitive stress injuries
- Falling objects
- Defective machinery
- Various other incidents
A doctor may recommend treatment like physical therapy, medications, epidurals, steroid injections, and surgery for your neck injury. The related expenses and a certain amount of lost wages may be covered if you file a successful workers’ compensation claim with the guidance of our lawyers.
Give our firm a call today at (770) 741-2825 to set up a free consultation.
Lasting Issues Caused by a Neck Injury
An on-the-job neck injury should always be taken seriously. What might start as a slight soreness in your neck could be the first warning signs of an injury that can change your life if not treated correctly and soon after the accident.
Lingering symptoms of a neck injury can include:
- Migraines or chronic headaches
- Stiff neck with no or limited mobility
- Insomnia due to constant strong pain
- Pain in other parts of the body due to nervous system damage
Treating a neck injury needs to be done right away, and it should also be done on the dollar of your employer if you were hurt at work. Otherwise, you could end up paying for extensive and expensive treatments yourself. Speak with one of our lawyers as soon as you can after being in a workplace accident that hurts or tweaks your neck to ensure your workers’ compensation claim progresses correctly and without delay.
What Workers’ Comp Benefits Can You Receive?
Workers’ compensation is based on a no-fault system, which means you should be able to receive necessary program benefits even if you caused your own workplace accident. As long as you were not intentionally trying to get injured, your “liability” for your claim should be moot, unlocking valuable benefits for you.
The two main benefits of a workers’ compensation claim are medical expenses coverage and lost wages. The totality of your necessary medical treatments should be covered by the insurance policy. A portion of your wages – usually 66-2/3% of your average weekly wage – should also be provided to you. How long you receive wage benefits depends on the extent of your injury and disability.
Lastly, the surviving family members of a worker who died to a neck injury can use workers’ comp to seek death benefits. Typically, death benefits are paid as a lump settlement that is meant to reflect the wages the deceased worker would have likely earned from employment in their lifetime.
What Happens If My Claim Is Denied?
You have the option to appeal your neck injury claim if it is denied by the insurance company of your employer. Our attorneys are highly skilled when it comes to workers’ comp claim appeals, and we can prepare a case for litigation or mediation. With a background as insurance and employer defense lawyers, we also know how the other side is thinking and can use this insight to give you an advantage.
Since most neck injuries cannot wait for a final determination by an insurer or a hearing before the Board of Workers’ Compensation, you can move forward with receiving medical treatment while you await the outcome of your claim. It is important, however, to ensure that you seek treatment from physicians who are authorized by your employer, who should provide you with a list of approved physicians from which to choose. You might also be given the name of a Workers’ Compensation Managed Care Organization to use. If you do not use one of the options provided by your employer, you may be denied coverage or reimbursement for your medical expenses.
Legal Counsel Rooted in 45+ Years of Experience
If you are considering making a claim for workers’ compensation after suffering a serious neck injury at work, you should speak with an experienced Atlanta neck injury workers’ compensation attorney from our firm as soon as possible. We can advise you on additional medical evidence that may support your claim, or on how to respond to inquiries from your employer’s insurance carrier. In the event of a claim denial, our lawyers can also assist you in any hearing before the State Board of Workers’ Compensation.
At the Law Offices of Nathaniel F. Hansford, LLC, we provide representation through every step of the process to put your worries at ease. From our headquarters in Atlanta, we also represent individuals in Decatur, Conyers, Alpharetta, Macon, Columbus, and Marietta, as well as communities throughout and Alabama.