Atlanta Workers' Compensation Benefits
If a worker is injured on the job in the Atlanta area, their employer may be obliged to provide income, medical, and rehabilitation benefits. These three types of workers’ compensation are meant to help the injured party return to work or, in the event that the employee dies from the workplace injury, to provide funds for their dependents.
At Morgan & Morgan, our Atlanta workers’ compensation attorneys fight for the benefits owed to you and your loved ones by law.
The three types of workers’ compensation benefits available in Georgia are as follows:
An injured worker in Georgia can receive weekly income benefits for an injury or illness if they are out of work for more than the seven-day waiting period. If the injured employee is unable to work for 21 consecutive days, however, the worker may also be compensated for this first week of injury. These benefits are paid out at two-thirds of the worker's average weekly wage and cannot total more than $500 a week. The first benefits check will be mailed within 21 days of the first missed day of work.
Employers are responsible for reasonable and necessary medical treatment, including surgery, hospital care, physical therapy, prescriptions, related travel expenses, and any other treatments required by a doctor. The employer is to be billed for these expenses, which are separate from income benefits. In the event of death, a worker’s family and dependents will become eligible for the benefits.
An employer must offer rehabilitation benefits in the event of a catastrophic accident. The necessity of the rehabilitation is determined by the Georgia State Board of Workers' Compensation. If a worker loses their sight and hearing, they may be compensated with this type of benefit. In addition to basic rehabilitative services, these benefits may also provide for loss of senses and bodily function. If a worker suffers a permanent disability, they may be eligible to receive weekly benefits based on the specific condition. Injured workers may also experience difficulty finding work and are therefore entitled to receive help in training for a job or getting a new one.
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