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Experienced Georgia Attorneys Advocate for Injured Employees

Savannah law firm helps clients obtain workers’ compensation benefits

If you’re suffering a work-related injury or illness, you may be eligible to collect workers’ compensation to cover your medical bills and a portion of your lost wages. Since 1989, the dedicated law firm of Zipperer, Lorberbaum & Beauvais in Savannah has helped employees navigate the complicated claims filing process and advocated for their interests when claims were denied.


If you were hurt on the job, our attorneys can help you determine your eligibility to collect workers’ comp based on your job classification and the circumstances of your illness or injury. We can also advise you about your legal options in the event that your employer is violating the law by not carrying workers’ compensation insurance. Companies with fewer than three employees, independent contractors, some railroad and federal workers, and domestic and farm workers are typically not covered under workers’ compensation.


After you’ve sustained a work injury, you generally have 30 days to let your employer know and up to one year from the date of your injury to file a workers’ compensation claim. To file a claim, you’ll need to fill out Form WC-14 and file it with the Georgia State Board of Workers’ Compensation. The filing process can be complicated and, if the correct evidence that proves your injury or illness isn’t provided or you fail to file within the statute of limitations, your claim may be denied. We can advise you about the medical and other evidence you will need to increase your chances of a successful initial claim and handle the paperwork for you.


The level of workers’ compensation benefits you may receive is based on the extent of your injuries and how long you are out of work. For most injuries, medical treatment can last up to 400 weeks. For catastrophic injuries, unlimited medical care can last a lifetime. As of 2019, lost wages due to total disabilities and permanent partial disabilities are replaced at two-thirds of the injured worker’s weekly wage to a maximum of $675. For temporary partial disabilities, the limit is $450.

Families of workers who die from on-the-job illness or injury may also collect weekly benefits as well as burial and funeral expenses.

Determined lawyers aid workers in appealing denied claims

There are various reasons why claims may be denied, such as not supplying enough evidence that proves your injury or illness happened due to your job. Your claim may also be denied if:

  • You intentionally injured yourself
  • Your condition predated your injury
  • You were hurt outside of work
  • You caused your own injuries by not using required safety equipment or because you were under the influence of alcohol or drugs
  • You have a stroke, heart attack or other health event not caused by your job

If your initial claim is denied and you believe your injury occurred due to your job, we can help you file an appeal to get the coverage you deserve.

Contact a dedicated Georgia workers’ comp law firm for a free consultation

Zipperer, Lorberbaum & Beauvais in Georgia has helped clients, including longshore and harbor workers and contractors injured overseas on a defense base, in workers’ compensation cases for three decades. To schedule a free consultation, call 912-963-1341 or contact us online.