Dealing With Catastrophic Injuries Such As Paralysis
If you sustained a catastrophic injury at work, you may be entitled to lifetime benefits. A catastrophic injury is any injury that permanently prevents you from returning to work. For example, brain and spinal cord injuries are considered catastrophic injuries. If you or a family member sustained a catastrophic injury at work, a lawyer from The Law Office of Bryan S. Hawkins can help you understand your rights and determine the best course of action in your situation.
Types of Catastrophic Injuries
Firm founder Bryan S. Hawkins spent the first part of his career in workers’ compensation defense. His experience helps his current clients by allowing us to anticipate and act on the opposition’s moves. It’s like having the other team’s playbook in our hands.
If you are dealing with a catastrophic injury, you can be confident that our workers’ compensation lawyers are dedicated to maximizing your workers’ compensation benefits after any workplace injury, such as:
- Spinal cord trauma
- Brain injury
- Heart attacks and cardiac injuries
- Flame, electrical or chemical burn injuries
- Lung injuries/poor lung capacity
- Chronic pain syndrome (CPS)
You May Be Entitled to Lifetime Benefits
Under Georgia law, an injured worker can collect up to 400 weeks of workers’ compensation benefits. When an injury is categorized as catastrophic, however, there are cases where the 400-week cap can be removed. This allows the injured worker to receive lifetime benefits. The workers’ compensation insurance carrier will frequently attempt to get the worker to accept a lump sum payment. One of our attorneys can help determine if a lump sum settlement is in your best interests.