What is the Georgia State Board of Workers’ Compensation?


July 15, 2018

If you have been injured on the job in Georgia, you might have heard the term, “State Board of Workers’ Compensation” but might not know what the Board is or what it does. The Board’s website, sbwc.georgia.gov, has information about the history and role of the Board in workers’ compensation claims in the state of Georgia.

The Georgia State Board of Workers’ Compensation was established in 1920 through the Workers’ Compensation Act of Georgia. Before the passage of this Act, workers who were injured on the job had no options for recourse from their employers. Courts often denied employees’ claims, finding that the employees had assumed the risks of their jobs when they were hired. Cases that did proceed resulted in long, expensive trials. Employees who needed compensation quickly had few places to turn. 

Today, the State Board of Workers’ Compensation serves more than 250,000 employers in Georgia and almost 4 million workers. The Board is funded by insurance companies and self-insured employers and provides procedures for injured workers to receive timely compensation for lost wages, medical expenses, rehabilitation, and other benefits. The Board hears claims, facilitates mediation, and makes determinations on eligibility for benefits and payments. The Board allows for employees to be paid regardless of negligence or fault determinations and limits the liability of the employer, thereby creating a system advantageous to both. 

Some categories of employees are exempted from the state’s workers’ compensation laws because of different laws and regulations that apply to their jobs. These workers include: federal government employees, railroad employees, farmers and farm laborers, among others.  

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