Georgia Workers’ Compensation Attorneys Answer Your Frequently Asked Questions
The Georgia workers' compensation system is intended to protect employees across the state who have been injured during the course and scope of their employment. The original goal of workers' compensation was to make compensation readily available to injured employees. Notwithstanding, many employees find the system difficult to navigate on their own and even experience denial or only partial acceptance of their valid claims.
With this in mind, the following is a look at some questions frequently asked by employees injured on the job to help educate you about your legal rights and responsibilities:
What should I do if I have suffered an injury on the job?
The first step you should take is reporting the injury to your supervisor or other appropriate party as soon as it occurs. You should then request to see a physician for treatment. You will likely need to provide your employer a written notice of your claim at the time of your accident. Your employer should also be able to walk you through these important first steps and your employee handbook may set out the specific steps your workplace requires in the event of an accident or injury.
Your employer is under no obligation to provide you with workers' compensation benefits until your injury has been reported in the appropriate manner. As such, do not delay in notifying your employer. Also, if you are injured while on the job, contact a Worker's Compensation attorney as soon as possible so that you can be advised on what steps are necessary to preserve your rights.
What benefits can I receive under workers' compensation in Georgia?
You are entitled to three basic benefits under the workers' compensation system in our state. The first is wage benefits. Wage benefits are payable at a rate of two thirds your weekly wage. This is generally calculated by computing your wage average over the 13 weeks before the accident.
Medical benefits are also available and will include coverage for all related medical care. Medical benefits will often include mileage reimbursement and prescription drug costs.
The final category of benefits is permanent partial disability. If your injury has caused you to become permanently impaired or requires a work reduction, you may be able to receive additional compensation.
Who pays workers' compensation benefits?
Private insurance companies are generally responsible for paying workers' compensation benefits. Employers are usually required by law to carry workers' compensation insurance coverage and the insurance carrier will pay out the accepted claims. However, it is important that injured employees consult with a workers' compensation attorney because insurance companies can attempt to deny claims or minimize payouts.
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