Representing injured workers in our community since 1990
If you’ve been injured on the job, you may need to seek benefits through your employer’s workers’ compensation insurance. This can be a difficult process, as some companies and insurers may challenge claims and try to prevent injured workers from receiving the compensation they deserve. To get the representation you need, consult the skilled Marietta workers’ compensation lawyers at the law firm of Nicholson Phillips. We are experienced in all facets of Georgia workplace injury law, whether your injury is related to an on-the-job accident or long-term exposure to hazardous materials.
The basics of workers’ compensation
Employers who purchase workers’ compensation insurance do so to protect both themselves and their workers in case a workplace injury occurs. Through these programs, injured workers receive medical and disability benefits, while employers are shielded from personal injury claims. In Georgia, any business or organization with more than three employees must have a workers’ compensation insurance policy.
Although workers’ comp covers most types of injuries, there are some situations that may complicate matters. If faulty or defective equipment was the cause of an accident, for example, it might be necessary to file a personal injury claim against the manufacturer. A claim might also be filed when an outside party, such as an independent contractor, is at fault for an accident.
Common causes of workers’ comp claims
Depending on your job and the industry you work in, you may face a number of hazards in your employment. Some jobs are more dangerous than others, including those in construction, manufacturing and firefighting. The following are some of the most common injuries and accidents resulting in claims for workers’ compensation benefits:
- Back and neck injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
- Broken bones
- Head and brain injuries
- Electrical accidents
- Lead paint exposure
- Strains and tears
- Toxic chemical exposure
- Carpal tunnel
Our experienced lawyers cana help you file a workers’ compensation claim and receive compensation for your injuries.
How can a workers’ compensation attorney help?
In some cases, employers and insurers can be aggressive in fighting against claims, leading many workers to fear they’ll be retaliated against if they pursue benefits. Insurance companies may use a number of tactics to deny benefits for claimants, but an experienced attorney will recognize these strategies and know how to address them. You may be entitled to temporary total disability, permanent partial disability or compensation for medical bills under the law, so be sure to secure sound legal counsel if you have questions or concerns about filing a claim.
Advocating for you when a negligent driver causes personal injuries
The National Transportation Safety Board reports that car accidents occur every 10 seconds in the United States, resulting in more than 40,000 deaths per year. In fact, the most common type of personal injury is from an auto accident. The number of potential distractions on the road has been on a steady rise for some time now, and it is not surprising that most car crashes occur when drivers fail to focus exclusively on driving. An auto accident attorney at Nicholson Phillips in Marietta, GA can investigate the unique circumstances of your accident. We are well-prepared to help you obtain the compensation to which you are entitled for your car accident injury.
Causes of auto accidents
In Canton, Marietta, Cartersville and throughout the rest of North Georgia, negligent driving is the leading cause of car accidents and subsequent injuries. The following behaviors and circumstances can greatly increase the risk of all types of collisions on the road:
- Distracted driving
- Drunk driving or driving while under the influence of drugs
- Speeding or reckless driving
- Debris on roads, which can cause tire blowouts
- Fatigued driving
- Talking on a mobile phone or texting while driving
- Eating or drinking while driving
Inattentive driving is hazardous behavior. When a driver operates a vehicle carelessly, it presents a danger to everyone in the vicinity. Drivers who cause accidents due to negligence are responsible for any resulting damages and may even be found grossly negligent in fatal car accidents.
When you can pursue damages for a car accident
If you suffer an injury or property damage in a car accident due to the negligent acts of one or more parties, you have the right to pursue compensation for your losses. Even if you share as much as 50 percent of the fault, you can potentially recover up to 50 percent of the expenses you incur for injuries and other losses. And if the responsible party lacks the proper insurance, you should still be able to collect damages, depending on the terms of the uninsured and underinsured motorist provisions in your own policy.
Accidental injury cases can become quite complex when two or more parties share liability for an accident in Georgia. With car accidents, you must pursue separate cases against each liable party based on the proportional share of negligence. A Marietta auto accident attorney from our firm can help you navigate the complexities of such a situation.
In every case, Nicholson Phillips provides dedicated and caring support. We have helped thousands of satisfied clients in a wide variety of personal injury cases.
When a careless driver causes your injury
As technology advances, it seems as though no one is without a cell phone, smartphone, PDA, tablet, GPS device, MP3 player or other gadget these days. While these items can certainly be useful for communication and entertainment in daily life, they are also a constant source of distraction — and it has become increasingly tempting for drivers to use cell phones while driving. Unfortunately, paying attention to gadgets and other distractions while driving leads to collisions every day in Rome, Calhoun and elsewhere in North Georgia — collisions that can seriously injure or even kill other drivers, passengers and innocent bystanders. If you or your loved one was hurt in an accident caused by someone texting while driving or otherwise distracted, an experienced Marietta attorney from Nicholson Phillips in North Georgia can help you obtain rightful compensation.
Cell phone law
Although handheld cell phone use while driving is permitted for adult motorists in Georgia, those under age 18 are considered novice drivers under Georgia cell phone law and are prohibited from using cell phones in any capacity, even hands-free. Texting while driving and other similar actions, such as emailing, instant messaging and Internet browsing, are outlawed for all drivers, although emergency personnel and other drivers responding to emergencies are exempt from the texting ban.
Using a cell phone and driving can lead to accidents
Results from two recent studies show the correlation between cell phone use and driving. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reported in 2009 that distracted drivers caused 1 out of every 5 auto crashes resulting in fatal and nonfatal injuries.
Additionally, a University of Utah study found that distracted drivers pose more of a risk to those on the road than drunk or reckless driving motorists. According to the report, drivers who were distracted had even slower reaction times than drivers with .08-percent blood alcohol content, which is the legal limit.
Other types of distracted driving
Using cell phones while driving is just one common type of motorist distraction. If your accident injury in Calhoun, Rome or elsewhere in Georgia resulted from any of the following distracted driving behaviors, an auto accident attorney from our firm can help you file a claim for compensation and obtain a settlement or jury verdict:
- Talking to passengers
- Drinking or eating
- Applying makeup, shaving or performing other grooming functions
- Adjusting the radio
- Programming the GPS