Workers’ Compensation FAQs
If you have been injured at work, you are likely entitled to money for your medical bills and lost wages. A program called workers’ compensation allows employees injured at work to receive compensation for their injuries, paid for by their employer. The Atlanta workers’ compensation attorneys of The Angell Law Firm help workers injured on the job get the money they deserve.Who is Covered by Workers’ Compensation?
Under Official Code of Georgia Annotated (O.C.G.A.) § 34-9-2, everyone who works for an employer with three or more employees is covered by Georgia workers’ compensation law. Coverage starts from your first day on the job.What Injuries Qualify for Workers’ Compensation Benefits?
Any injury sustained during working hours and while performing job-related duties is covered. Injuries sustained while performing tasks unrelated to the job while at home, at lunch, or on break are not covered. Diseases that are caused “naturally and unavoidably” by the job are covered, as are heart attack, stroke, and other conditions if the employee proves that the condition was caused by the performance of the job’s usual duties. O.C.G.A. § 34-9-1.What Benefits Are Available?
There are several benefits available to injured workers, depending on the severity of their injury:
- Medical treatment. All injured workers are entitled to medical treatment for their injuries. Medical treatment includes prescriptions, rehabilitation (including necessary equipment), physical therapy, and other necessary care.
- Temporary partial disability. If a worker has a temporary partial disability and returns to work at a lower wage, she is entitled to an amount equal to 2/3 of the difference between her old wages and her new wages. There are monetary and time limits to this type of benefit.
- Temporary total disability. If the employee’s treating physician determines that the employee is totally but temporarily disabled, the employee can receive 2/3 of her average weekly salary at the time of the injury. The statute limits the amount of this benefit and the length of time it is available.
- Permanent partial disability. Employees who have suffered a permanent partial disability are entitled to benefits calculated by a statutory formula.
- Death benefits. The family and other financial dependents of an employee killed on the job are entitled to death benefits under the law. The benefits are equal to 2/3 of the employee’s salary at the time of injury. This benefit is subject to a statutory maximum.
If you are injured at work it is in your best interest to contact an attorney as soon as you can. Georgia workers’ compensation law gives injured workers one year from the date of the injury to file a claim. Failing to file a claim by the deadline could result in your claim being rejected. After you file a claim, you may request a hearing to prove your injuries. An attorney can help you demonstrate the number and extent of your injuries so that you can get the benefits that you deserve.Choose an Experienced Attorney
Georgia workers injured on the job have a legal right to compensation for their medical expenses and lost wages. The Atlanta workers’ compensation lawyers at The Angell Law Firm have years of experience helping injured workers get the compensation they deserve. If you have been injured, we can help you, too. Call 678-648-7765 or email us to schedule a free case evaluation.