Lawyer Mark Jones has represented numerous injured workers in the Columbus, Georgia, Phenix City, Alabama, and Auburn, Alabama areas. Under the law, if you have been hurt at work, you may be entitled to medical benefits and income benefits as compensation for your on-the-job injury. Workers compensation is a highly specialized area of the law that few attorneys have experience in. Lawyer Mark Jones has experience in representing injured workers in their Workers Compensation claims.
Why Mark Jones?
Local Representation is Better than Big City Representation: Lawyer Mark Jones is familiar with local doctors and the local courthouse. Unlike an attorney who operates out of a big city or a satellite office, Mark Jones knows where the courthouse is, the names of the people who work at the courthouse, and what floor the courtroom is on. Atlanta or Birmingham attorneys cannot necessarily say the same thing.
Lawyer Mark Jones Tries Cases: Unlike the vast majority of attorneys, Mark doesn’t settle for the last best offer by the insurance company. If the insurance company is not treating you fair, Mark Jones will not let them bully you but will follow through and proceed to a hearing if the case warrants it.
Lawyer Mark Jones Listens to You: Mark Jones listens to his clients when they talk to him. Mark strives to connect personally with his clients to make sure their needs are being met and ensure that all possible claims are being made on your case. Volume-based, settlement mill lawyers will simply not have time to communicate with you like Mark and his team can.
Lawyer Mark Jones Pushes His Files: Mark’s motto is “Always Be Pushing,” meaning the client’s file must always be moving forward towards resolution. Some attorneys will let a file languish for many months, or even years with little or no activity. Mark’s advocacy is to constantly look for ways to push the file towards resolution for his clients.
Lawyer Mark Jones Communicates With You: Lawyer Mark Jones and his staff strive to communicate you and give your file individual attention. Mark feels that a red flag for any attorney-client relationship is whether the attorney will take/return a client’s phone call or email. Mark does not feel that he is “too good” for the client such that he cannot return a phone call.
Lawyer Mark Jones Knows: Mark Jones knows the law and actively studies the law, constantly looking for ways to advance his client’s case through knowledge.
Q. What is Workers’ Compensation?
A. Workers’ compensation is created by state law as a benefits program providing medical, rehabilitation, income, death and other benefits to employees and dependents due to death, illness or injury from a work-related claim.
Q. When am I covered by the law?
A. An employee gets workers’ compensation on the first day of employment, and employers with three or more employees are required to provide coverage by law.
Q. What is considered an on-the-job injury, illness and death claim?
A. An injury, illness or death arising out of and in the course of employment is considered a compensable work-related claim. If employees are injured while performing job duties during assigned work hours, they are covered under the worker’s compensation program. Exceptions include:
- Injuries sustained while engaging in unassigned duties, during lunch breaks, are not covered.
- Injuries incurred to and from work on a normal commute are not covered.
Q. Can I receive from my employer money damages in addition to workers’ compensation benefits if I am injured on the job?
A. The Workers’ Compensation Statute reimburses certain reasonable personal expenses for obtaining medical treatment. This includes mileage, meals, lodging, and other expenses, in limited instances where they are absolutely necessary in order to get quality medical care. Use the Mileage and Parking Reimbursement form to record your expenses. You must also keep all the receipts from said expenses in order to be eligible for reimbursement.
Q. What income benefits are available under the Workers’ Compensation Program?
A. Providing four basic income benefits, the maximum amount of weekly workers’ compensation benefits that can be received by an employee from an injury, illness or death that occurred on the job is contingent on the workers’ compensation rate at the time of the event and the employee’s average weekly pay. Only one type of benefit is allowed at one time.
i. Temporary Total Disability (TTD) Benefits – This benefit is paid to an employee whose injury makes them completely incapable of working, as determined by an authorized physician. This amount is 2/3 of the employee’s average weekly pay at the time of the injury – not exceeding the maximum under law. For non-catastrophic injuries, there is a limit of 400 weeks of benefits from the date of the injury (occurred on or after July 1, 1992). For catastrophic injuries, the benefits are unlimited.
ii. Temporary Partial Disability (TPD) Benefits – In an instance where the employee can return to work in a job capacity paying less as a result of an on-the-job injury. These benefits are paid up to 350 weeks from the date of the accident. The lost pay amount is 2/3 the difference between the employee’s average weekly wage before and after the injury. The maximum amount payable cannot exceed the maximum amount allowed under law.
iii. Permanent Partial Disability (PPD) Benefits – Payable to the employee for a permanent disability resulting from an on-the-job injury, this is based upon a percentage given by your authorized treating physician in accordance with current AMA Guidelines. The percentage is calculated by an algorithm that incorporates the number of weeks assigned by the State Board multiplied by the percentage rating multiplied by the TTD rate. Not all accidents result in a ratings given by a physician.
iv. Death Benefits – Payable to eligible dependents (i.e. dependent spouse, minor children) of an employee whose on-the-job injury (or injuries) resulted in death. This is payable at a rate of 2/3 of the deceased employee’s average weekly pay at the time of the accident not to exceed the maximum allowed under law for all eligible dependents. Funeral expenses are covered up to the maximum allowed under the law at the time of the accident.