Were you injured in a car accident while on the job as a Social Circle, Georgia police officer?
If so, you may be wondering if you can get workers’ compensation as well as sue the at-fault driver. The answer? Yes, you can get both workers’ compensation benefits and sue the at-fault driver for a separate settlement from the at-fault driver’s insurance company.
Please see below the different types of damages you be entitled to:
WORKERS’ COMPENSATION BENEFITS
Police officers who are injured on the job may be entitled to authorized doctor bills, hospital bills, physical therapy, prescriptions, and necessary travel expenses as part of workers’ compensation. If you were injured in a car accident while on the job as a Social Circle, Georgia police officer you may be entitled to have all of your resulting medical bills paid by workers’ compensation.
You also may be entitled to up to two-thirds of your average weekly wage, but not more than $675.00 per week, if your injuries caused you to no longer be able to work. These lost income benefits can last for up to 400 weeks if you cannot work for that entire period of time. There also is no limitation as to the number of weeks you may draw compensation for injuries that cause you to not be able to work permanently.
CAR ACCIDENT DAMAGES
There are two types of damages you may be entitled to as a Social Circle, Georgia police officer as a result of your car accident: special damages and general damages. Please see below a breakdown for each type of damages.
Special damages are those that can be easily calculated, such as medical bills and lost wages. If you are a car accident victim in Georgia and have medical bills from the accident and had to miss work and a paycheck because of your injuries, you have a claim for your medical bills and lost wages.
Make sure to document all of your missed days from work, your medical bills, and the paychecks you missed because of your injuries.
General damages are different from special damages in that they cannot be easily calculated like medical bills and lost wages. General damages are damages such as pain and suffering.
Accident victims are entitled to both physical pain and suffering and mental pain and suffering. If you are a Social Circle, Georgia police officer who was injured in a car accident and have suffered both physically and mentally due to the accident, you have a claim for pain and suffering.
CONTACT BARTLETT BENTON
If you were on the job as a Social Circle, Georgia police officer and were injured in a car accident, please call Bartlett at 770-365-6414 for a free case evaluation.