At Levy, Thompson, Sibley & Hand, LLC, we strive to develop working, long-term relationships with our clients through strategic counseling and effective advocacy. When it comes to workers’ compensation matters, we view our role as two-fold: assisting with development and implementation of loss-prevention programs, and mitigating exposure when something goes wrong.
Georgia law requires all employers with at least three full-time or part-time employees to maintain workers’ compensation insurance. This insurance provides coverage for medical bills, rehabilitation expenses, and lost wages suffered as a result of job-related injuries.
Workers’ compensation is a “no-fault” system – meaning that employers are required to pay benefits even if they are not at fault for the employee’s injuries. Georgia’s workers’ compensation law sets forth specific guidelines for when, how much, and for how long employers must pay benefits for various types of workplace injuries.
If you deny an employee benefits, he or she has the right to file a claim with the State Board of Workers' Compensation to try to force you to pay the benefits mandated by law. This results in an administrative hearing, following which an administrative law judge (ALJ) will determine whether and to what extent benefits are owed. If either party is dissatisfied with the ALJ’s decision, it has 20 days to file an appeal with the Appellate Division of the Board.
In addition to the state worker’s compensation law, certain federal laws provide additional benefits to injured workers in select industries. These include the Jones Act, which provides benefits for seamen, and the Longshore and Harbor Workers Compensation Act, which provides benefits for qualifying maritime employees.
Our lawyers have extensive experience representing employers and insurance companies in disputing workers’ compensation claims under state and federal law. We regularly assist insurers and companies of all sizes with:
Levy, Thompson, Sibley & Hand, LLC’s attorneys have spent decades advising and representing corporations throughout the State of Georgia in worker’s compensation matters. Partner Rick Thompson is a former Chairman of the Georgia State Board of Workers' Compensation. As a result of this experience, we have deep knowledge of the issues, procedures and strategies involved in successfully defending Georgia workers’ compensation claims.
Our clients trust our background and rely on our expertise to minimize their liability for workplace accident claims. If you are a Georgia employer or provide workers’ compensation insurance to Georgia companies, we can help you, too. To learn more about our services for Georgia workers’ compensation defense, please contact us today.