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WORKER’S COMPENSATION


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When it comes to workplace injuries, the process afterwards can be a hassle if you don’t know what to do. In these cases, your employer’s insurance company isn’t on your side—even if your employer is! Legal representation from a workers’ comp attorney can be crucial in getting the care you need so you can support your family and pay injury-related bills.

Because workers’ compensation law is complex and always-evolving, you want an experienced lawyer who has mastered all the ins and outs of compensation cases and stays current with recent developments. Details make all the difference!

Some of the many benefits of choosing our team to represent you:

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Identify the weak points of your case and prepare appropriate response strategies

The insurance company will try to exploit any weaknesses in your case in order to get your claim dismissed. As experienced workers’ comp attorneys, we evaluate your case and prepare to preemptively address their arguments.

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Know the loopholes and exceptions in the law that correspond to your situation

The complexity of workers’ comp law is daunting, but we know how to leverage the law to reach the best outcome for you.

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Interact with medical providers to obtain all relevant paperwork

Lack of medical evidence is one of the main reasons that insurance companies deny claims. We work hard to procure extensive medical documentation so that you can get the payment you deserve.

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Recognize that bluffing tactics from the insurance company aren’t always valid

Insurance companies bluff to try to bring cases to a quick end by giving a “final offer” that they hope you will accept instead of continuing to fight for a fair settlement. We recognize their ploys and continue negotiating until a fair settlement is reached.

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Advise you on obtaining appropriate health care

Sometimes injured workers hold off getting the medical care they need because they are afraid of the financial costs. We assist you in getting the treatment you need in a way that can be compensated by your settlement.

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Provide you an accurate estimate of what your case is worth

Winning a fair settlement includes going into it with an accurate assessment of how much compensation you’re entitled to without minimizing or overreaching. We are skilled in estimating and negotiating.

BENEFITS

Employees are eligible for disability benefits if they have been unable to work for seven days. Depending on your rehab and healing process, temporary disability can sometimes escalate into permanent disability status. Worker’s Compensation Benefits typically fall within one of four categories:

TPD

Temporary Partial Disability
Under TPD, you can receive two-thirds of the total difference between your weekly paycheck before the accident and after the accident. These benefits can last up to 350 weeks after the date of your injury, and will not exceed $383 per week.

TTD

Temporary Total Disability
Under TTD, you can receive two-thirds of whatever your weekly paycheck was prior to your injury. The amount you receive will not exceed $675 per week, but it must be more than $50. These benefits can last for up to 400 weeks, but if your injury was critical, you may be eligible to receive further TTD compensation. Critical injuries can range from damage to the brain, spinal cord, skull, or loss of a limb or loss of speech.

PPD

Permanent Partial Disability
PPD refers to a permanent partial disability that limits you to perform specific types of work. In the state of Georgia, you can also receive PPD when you have suffered “loss of use of body members or from the partial loss of use of the employee’s body.” These benefits are calculated based on the part of the body affected and your level of impairment.

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Other Benefits
In addition to compensating lost wages, worker’s comp will also cover all medical treatment related to the injury or illness as authorized by your doctor. The nature of your injury will determine the number of weeks you are eligible for benefits, but for most medical benefits, the maximum benefit period is 400 weeks.Where needed, worker’s comp will also cover vocational rehab and reimbursement you for any expenses while traveling to your medical appointments.In the case of accidental death, your spouse or children are typically eligible to receive death benefits. The application process, however, can be extremely difficult or even require litigation. You will want to meet with a worker’s compensation lawyer quickly to guarantee your legal rights are protected.If you have any further questions, please contact us. We are ready to hear your story and give you compassionate care and counsel.

GEORGIA LAW

The state of Georgia functions with a no-fault worker’s comp system. This means that as long as your injury happened on the job or was caused by your work activities, you do not need to prove that your employer caused your injury. So what should you do if you are injured?
Here’s our quick reference guide for you:
1 Report the accident. Inform your supervisor about what happened within 30 days.
2 Seek medical attention. If your company has a posted list of physicians, seek medical care from one of the listed doctors.
3 Call us at
770-800-7000

WE WILL FIGHT TO START YOUR CHECKS IF YOU ARE UNABLE TO WORK

WE WILL HELP YOU FIND A NEW DOCTOR IF YOUR CONDITION DOES NOT IMPROVE

WE WILL LISTEN TO YOUR STORY

WE WILL FIGHT FOR THE SETTLEMENT YOU DESERVE

Getting the maximum benefits you deserve after a workplace injury can prove to be difficult. Castan & Lecca is here for you to give you the clarity, counsel, and resources you need to best protect yourself and those you love.
(864)761-4141

MICHAEL BOESCHEN

Attorney

Michael Boeschen (Mike) was born in Wichita, KS and raised in Chattanooga, TN. Mike graduated from The McCallie School and went on to study history, Spanish, and Latin American Studies at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, TX. After graduation, he went on to pursue a law degree from the University Of Georgia School Of Law. During law school, Mike participated in the Legal Aid Clinic, assisting in the defense of indigent criminal defendants. Mike has been licensed to practice law in Georgia since 2002 and his main practice area consists of representing injured workers as they navigate through the Georgia workers’ compensation system. Mike is also fluent in Spanish. In his spare time Mike enjoys following soccer, cooking, and spending time with his wife and two young daughters. Mike and his family are parishioners of the Holy Spirit Catholic Church in Sandy Springs, GA

CHRISTIAN PECONE

Attorney

ED DENKER

Attorney

Edward Denker was born in Philadelphia, PA but has made Georgia his home since 1999. He graduated from the Pennsylvania State University with a Bachelor’s degree in liberal arts. He then earned his Juris Doctorate from the University of Georgia. Edward spent his first years in practice representing clients in personal injury and wrongful death claims. He then spent more than a decade honing his litigation skills representing employers and insurers in workers’ compensation claims, where he gained immense experience and knowledge of how insurers defend those claims. In 2017, Edward returned to his passion of representing people who have been injured at work or through the negligence of others. When he isn’t working, Edward enjoys spending time with his wife and their two children. He is also an avid sports fan, and enjoys cooking and travel

ILIANA DOBREV

Attorney

Iliana Dobrev was born in Bulgaria. After high school, she immigrated to the United States to study law. She graduated magna cum laude from Georgia State University with a Bachelor’s in political science concentrating on pre-law and minoring in Spanish. In 2015, she graduated from Georgia State University College of Law. While in law school, Iliana completed a Graduate Research Assistantship in Labor and Employment Law and Employment Discrimination and two externships in Immigration Law. As an immigrant herself, Iliana is passionate about advocating for and defending immigrants. She is delighted to help families stay together and pursue the American dream. Iliana is a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association and worked in both a fellowship and a firm specializing in immigration law. Iliana is fluent in Bulgarian and Spanish

KEN THAXTON

Attorney

Ken Thaxton was born and raised in Roberta, GA. When Ken was a child, his father started a trucking business, which Ken ultimately spent over ten years working with through his late teens and twenties. Ken graduated from Houston County High School in Warner Robins, GA in 2001 with a 4.0 GPA. He then studied Business and Information Technology at Macon State College, ultimately graduating with a 4.0 GPA in 2004. After graduation, Ken continued to work with his father’s trucking company, and in late 2005, Ken and his father started an aircraft charter company, Southern Jet, Inc., under Part 135 of the Federal Aviation Regulations. Ken served as President of Southern Jet from 2006 until 2010, when he and his father sold the company. Ken is a Commercially Licensed Instrument, Multi-Engine Pilot. While serving as President of Southern Jet, Ken started Law School at the University of Georgia School of Law in 2009. Ken focused primarily on business and civil law, including Workers’ Compensation, while at UGA. He graduated Cum Laude and in the top 25% of his class from UGA Law in 2012. Ken is a licensed to practice law in the State of Georgia, and he is also a licensed neutral (mediator) in the State of Georgia. Ken represents small businesses in transactional matters and business conflicts, and he also represents injured workers and Plaintiffs injured in cases of negligence. During his spare time, Ken enjoys swimming, cycling, sporting clays, and fishing. He also does charity work with a national scholarship fund

ALEXANDER LECCA

Attorney

Alexander Lecca (Alex) was born in Miami, Florida to immigrant parents from Cuba and Peru. Alex graduated from Coral Gables High School, where he was a recipient of the Elsa Glazer Award (given to students who graduate with a 3.5 GPA and above). He went on to study marketing at the University of Miami School of Business Administration. At the University of Miami he was also a member of the Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity. After graduation, he went on to pursue a law degree from St. Thomas University School of Law. In law school, Alex received several book awards and graduated Cum Laude. During law school Alex clerked for the Honorable Beth Bloom, had an internship with the Miami-Dade County Public Defender’s office, and clerked for a prestigious litigation law firm. Alex is licensed to practice law in both Georgia and Florida and handles workers’ compensation and personal injury cases. He is also a registered mediator with the Georgia Office of Dispute Resolution. Alex is also fluent in Spanish. During his spare time, Alex enjoys outdoor activities with his wife and four children. He also helps coach his children’s baseball, football, basketball, and soccer teams. Alex and his family are parishioners of St. Catherine of Siena Catholic Church

DANIEL CASTAN 

Attorney

Dan Castan is a senior partner at Castan and Lecca, PC in Buckhead and represents injured workers before the State Board of Workers’ Compensation and plaintiffs in State and Superior Courts of Georgia for injuries suffered in accidents. Dan litigated one of the seminal claims securing the rights of undocumented workers to receive Workers’ Compensation benefits in the state of Georgia when injured in the case of Wet Walls, Inc. vs. Ledesma. Dan has successfully fought and settled multi million dollar cases. He was born and raised in Newark, New Jersey to immigrant parents from Cuba. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Boston College and received his Juris Doctor from The Washington College of Law at The American University in Washington D.C.  Dan was admitted to the Georgia Bar in November, 1993.  He is an active member of the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Georgia Trial Lawyers Association, Atlanta Bar Association and the Workers’ Compensation Section of the State Bar of Georgia. Dan is a founding member and Director of the Latino Victory Fund Georgia and serves on the Board of The Latin American Association. Dan has been dedicated to getting Latinos elected to local, state and Federal offices in Georgia. He has been a Big Brother through Big Brothers and Sisters of Metro Atlanta and a mentor through The Latin American Association’s mentor/mentee program. Dan is married with two children.