Workers’ Compensation Benefits For Georgia Residents
If you have been injured on the job or if you have been diagnosed with a medical condition caused by work activities, you are eligible for workers’ compensation medical benefits beginning immediately. You may also qualify for income benefits and, in the case of a severe injury resulting in a lasting disability, rehabilitation benefits.
Do not miss out on any of your rightful benefits. The Law Office of Ellene Welsh helps clients in Douglasville, Columbus and throughout west Georgia protect their access to benefits they should receive after being injured or becoming sick at work. Email us or call 770-884-1879 to learn about workers’ compensation benefits you may be entitled to in Georgia after an injury on the job.
Workers’ compensation benefits include medical benefits as needed for up to 400 weeks (or for a lifetime in the case of a catastrophic injury) as follows: emergency treatment, ongoing medical care by an authorized physician; doctor-recommended tests, surgery and physical therapy; prescription drugs and expenses such as transportation costs that you incur in order to access medical care.
Seven days after you have been unable to work due to a job-related illness or injury, you may qualify for income benefits. Income benefits for injured workers in Georgia fall into one of the categories described below. (Please note that these descriptions are summaries only and do not include all details.)
- Temporary total disability benefits (TTD), payable to totally incapacitated workers at a rate of two-thirds of their average weekly wages up to 400 weeks from the date of injury, or longer for catastrophic injury cases.
- Temporary partial disability benefits (TPD), payable to employees who are unable to work full time after being injured on the job. TPD benefits are paid at two-thirds of the difference between a worker’s average weekly wages before an injury and the average wages he or she is able to earn after the injury, for up to 350 weeks.
- Permanent partial disability benefits (PPD), payable when an injured worker suffers disability “resulting from loss or loss of use of body members or from the partial use of the … body as a whole.” Benefits are paid according to a formula that multiplies the number of weeks assigned by statute times the percentage rating times the weekly benefit rate.
- Death benefits payable to a spouse and/or minor children of an employee who was fatally injured or died as a result of injuries occurring on the job. Weekly compensation will equal two-thirds of the deceased employee’s average weekly wage up to certain dollar maximums for spouses and until age 18 for children of the deceased.
Injured workers who have suffered catastrophic injuries may be eligible for rehabilitation benefits. Severe injuries in this category include spinal cord injuries, amputation of a hand, arm, foot or leg; a severe brain injury; second- or third-degree burn injuries over 25 percent or more of the body; blindness; any injury that prevents an employee from returning to his or her previous work or other work “for which such employee is otherwise qualified.”
A vital step you can take to ensure you receive all workers’ compensation benefits you are eligible for is to consult with a lawyer. An attorney on your side can help you navigate the system and overcome roadblocks that your employer or the employer’s workers’ compensation insurance carrier may put in your way.
Understand Which Workers’ Compensation Benefits You Could Receive
Knowing your rights and asserting those rights are important ways to help yourself recover after an on-the-job injury. At the Law Office of Ellene Welsh, we keep our clients informed and help them claim their rightful benefits.
Learn how to claim your benefits after a workplace injury in Georgia. Contact us by email or call 770-884-1879 to request a free initial consultation with a Georgia workers’ compensation lawyer. We represent injured workers on a contingency fee basis. You will not owe attorneys’ fees until we help you win.