When are unable to work due to a job-related injury it can be devastating to your family. Many workers are faced with untreated injuries, the loss of income, loss of benefits or even the loss of their job. In Georgia, your employer is not obligated to hold your job while you recover from your injuries. Some employers will immediately fire an injured worker and not cooperate with providing worker’s comp benefits. Sometimes crucial medical treatment is not provided, or payment of income benefits not paid to the employee. In such cases, you can file a Workers’ Compensation claim to receive benefits for your medical expenses, prescriptions, mileage, lost wages and a permanent impairment rating.
The Workers’ Compensation program provides financial assistance for lost wages, disability, and the medical costs of a person who has sustained an on-the-job injury to develop a job-related disease or leave dependents when a worker is killed in a job-related accident.
Injured employee’s rights under the Workers’ Compensation Act include:
The cost of medical treatment and/or rehabilitative therapies.
Death benefits paid to your dependents.
Medications and/or other costs associated with your recovery, including travel expenses to and from the doctor.
Vocational rehabilitation training if you are unable to return to your previous position and you qualify for such benefits.
Weekly income benefits if you miss more than seven days of work.
Catastrophic Injury – you are entitled to two-thirds of your average weekly salary up to the maximum allowed for as long as you are unable to return to work.
Non-Catastrophic Injury – you are entitled to two-thirds of your average weekly salary up to the maximum allowed for up to 400 weeks of temporary total disability benefits, or up to 350 weeks of temporary partial disability benefits.
Catastrophic injuries include paralysis, amputations, blindness, severe head trauma, spinal cord injury or any injury severe enough to keep you from returning to your past work or any other work.
Workers’ Compensation Managed Care Organization providing medical care to any injured employee. Your employer is required by law to post a list of at least six doctors or a certified are allowed two selections of treating physicians from this panel of doctors without prior approval of the insurance company or State Board of Workers’ Compensation. Any additional changes require the approval of the insurance company or the State Board. In cases where emergency treatment is needed, different rules may apply.
Unfortunately, many times the employer or insurer does not meet their legal obligation to pay for the treatment and income benefits required under the law.
We have obtained millions of dollars in benefits for our clients, saving clients the hassle of trying to understand the complex laws in this area. During our over twenty years of practice, we have represented workers against big corporations and insurance companies, who try to limit the compensation allowed to injured employees. If you have an employment-related injury call us immediately to know your rights.