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Atlanta Workers' Compensation Lawyers

Advocating for Your Rights as an Injured Employee

If you were injured or fell ill due to a work-related incident, you may qualify for workers' compensation benefits to pay for your hospital bills and lost wages while you are out of work. Many organizations have a workers' compensation plan in place for their employees — it is required by law in the state of Georgia. Receiving benefits often requires the approval of your employer and their insurance company.

Initial negotiations for workers' compensation entail discussing your needs with your employer and enlisting the help of a lawyer to make sure those needs are heard. Ideally, a workers' compensation settlement will cover your bills, missed wages, legal fees, future medical costs, and the amount of lost Social Security disability benefits, if you receive them. Unfortunately, employers and their insurance companies are not always willing to compensate injured employees accordingly, in which case, legal action must be taken. Workers' compensation cases can be taken to trial, in which case, a judge will make the final decision on the amount you will be paid.

At Stevens & Sullivan, LLC, our Atlanta workers' compensation attorneys are skilled in navigating the complex world of negotiation with employers and insurance companies, and we want to help you receive the benefits you deserve. Contact us today!

How Will a Workers' Compensation Settlement Affect My Social Security Disability Insurance Benefits?

Receiving Social Security disability insurance benefits further complicates the collection of workers' compensation. Filing a claim for workers' compensation will often reduce the amount of disability benefits you are able to receive.

To put it simply, you cannot get your full Social Security benefits if you are also earning workers' compensation.

The Social Security Administration (SSA) defines an "applicable limit" for how much an employee can receive via benefits, which is often a percentage of the wages you were earning pre-injury. When calculating the applicable limit, the SSA will consider your income before you started receiving benefits, as well as your family's earnings. If the addition of workers' compensation exceeds that limit, the SSA will offset your benefits by reducing your disability insurance payout.

It is possible, with the help of an attorney, to advocate for a workers' compensation payment that will cover some of the loss of your Social Security disability payments. Again, this point can arise during initial negotiations or can be fought in a trial setting against your employer and their insurance company, or the SSA.

Fighting for the Compensation You Deserve

Workers' compensation should be a support system that covers expenses while you are not able to work, so you can focus on recovery. Sadly, the workers' compensation claim offered by your employer's insurance company is not always sufficient, and being the recipient of Social Security disability insurance benefits can subject you to further financial stress.

With the assistance of Stevens & Sullivan, LLC, you don't need to stress. Our Atlanta workers' compensation lawyers represent the needs of injured veterans and are dedicated to ensuring you receive enough financial resources to help you through this difficult time. We are prepared to provide support during negotiations and appeal your case if necessary.

Contact Stevens & Sullivan, LLC today — our Atlanta workers' compensation attorneys and staff are available to discuss your case. We can be reached via phone at (404) 467-9017.

Meet the Attorneys

Guiding you through Every Step
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    David A. Stevens

    Partner

    After graduating from law school in 2002, attorney David A. Stevens began his legal career as a felony public defender and consumer litigation attorney. During his early years in practice he was lead counsel in over a dozen jury trials and obtained favorable results for hundreds of clients while developing his skills as a litigator. In 2005, he began to focus his practice on disability representation while working with his mother, attorney Jane McElreath, who had been representing disabled ...
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    Douglas Sullivan

    Partner

    Attorney Douglas Sullivan grew up in a military family where his father had a career in the US Air Force. As an Air Force brat he developed an interest in military history and has an immense respect for those men and women who have served our country. While still in law school, Doug began working for a law firm that specialized in Veteran’s disability and Social Security disability claims. After law school Doug has continued to focus his legal practice in the area of Veterans’ disability. ...
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    Daphne Sullivan

    Attorney

    Daphne Sullivan graduated from law school in 2002, and for almost twenty years, the focus of her legal career has been representing claimants in their applications for Social Security disability benefits. She has worked with thousands of claimants nationwide and she has extensive knowledge and experience in applying Social Security rules and regulations to cases. She has assisted clients in navigating the disability process from the administrative levels to the Appeals Council. She has worked ...
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    Christopher Campagno

    Managing Attorney

    Christopher A. Campagno joined Stevens & Sullivan, LLC in June of 2021. His areas of expertise include Veterans Law, Disability Rights, and Military Justice. His current practice focuses on representing disabled Veterans throughout all stages of the VA disability claims process, to include the United States Court of Appeals for Veterans claims. In 2019, Christopher earned his J.D., cum laude, from Syracuse University College of Law. In addition to his law degree, he was awarded a certificate ...
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    - H.W.
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