Georgia Workers’ Compensation Basics
If you have been injured in a workplace accident, you should be eligible to receive workers' compensation benefits, which could cover your medical expenses, part of your lost wages, and more. Workers' compensation benefits are available for most injured workers, but it can be hard to obtain the full benefits to which you are entitled. The following is a look at some basic information concerning workers' compensation in Georgia.
What type of benefits could I receive from workers' compensation?
Georgia workers' compensation allows for three basic types of benefits, though other benefits might be available depending upon the circumstances of the accident and specific injuries. Generally, injured employees can receive wage benefits. These benefits are calculated as two-thirds of your weekly wage. The maximum benefit is $550.00 per week.
Medical benefits are also available to injured workers, which are payable by your employer and the insurance company. You will not need to pay deductibles on these expenses. Medical benefits include mileage expenses to and from doctors or hospitals.
You could also be eligible to receive permanent partial disability benefits. When your doctor allows you to return to work, you could be deemed partially disabled and receive a portion of ongoing benefits.
How long do I have to file a claim after my injury?
It is important that you immediately report your injury to your employer or supervisor. In Georgia, you must do so within 30 days. If you fail to report your injury in a timely manner, you could risk losing your right to benefits entirely.
When will I receive my workers' compensation benefits?
The insurance company will have 21 days to investigate your accident and your claim. They will generally do so in a timely manner, but there is a chance your claim could take longer. Once your claim has been processed and accepted, you will start to receive benefits. If the insurance company denies your claim or attempts to pay less than you feel you are entitled to, you may need to challenge the determination, which can take time, but could result in successful receipt of the benefits you need.
What doctor can I see?
Your employer will provide you with a list of authorized physicians. This list should be present at all times in your break room or other common area. Moreover, you must go to an approved doctor in order to have your medical bills covered.
Contact Montlick and Associates, Attorneys at Law, Today for Your Free Consultation!
If you have been injured in a workplace accident, you should be eligible to receive workers' compensation benefits. The Georgia Workers' Compensation Attorneys at Montlick and Associates, Attorneys at Law, assist injured accident victims in Georgia and in the Southeast. Our firm has over 30 years of experience that we will dedicate to your case and our attorneys provide a wealth of knowledge and compassion to enhance your ability to obtain a full recovery.
The sooner you act after your accident, the greater your chances of reaching the best possible outcome. As such, it is important that you seek the assistance of a licensed lawyer as soon as possible. Call Montlick & Associates, Attorneys at Law, 24 hours a day/7 days a week for your Free Consultation at 1-800-LAW-NEED (1-800-529-6333). You can also visit us online at www.montlick.com and use our Free Case Evaluation Form or 24-hour Live Online Chat.