Georgia Workers' Compensation Laws
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Georgia workers' compensation laws mandate that employers in Georgia carry workers' compensation insurance. This means that if you are injured on the job or develop an occupational illness, your employer must pay for medical treatment of your injury as well as additional benefits during your recovery period.
Claims under Georgia Workers' Compensation Laws
Injuries resulting from slipping, falling, tripping, and other accidents that occur at the worksite are encompassed by Georgia workers' compensation law. However, the injuries are only covered if they were not caused by the worker being under the influence of drugs or alcohol, in which case Georgia workers' compensation benefits will be unavailable. In addition to work accidents that cause injury, occupational illnesses that develop over time because of continual exposure to hazardous conditions or chemicals at work, or continuous repetition on the job that causes injury, are covered by workers' compensation claims in Georgia.
If an employee dies from an occupational disease or injury, his surviving dependents will be paid death benefits to make up for the loss of his earning capacity.
Georgia Workers' Compensation Benefits
Seeking the counsel of an experienced Georgia workers' compensation attorney may help you better understand the benefits applicable to your case. The following Georgia workers' compensation benefits may be available:
Healthcare: Medical bills incurred by the employee in the course of treatment for the workplace injury or illness such as doctor's bills and hospital bills will be paid by your employer's insurer.
Reimbursement of Mileage: Time spent in appointments to treat your injury and travel time to and from these appointments may be compensable. You will be reimbursed for your mileage costs.
Death/Burial Expenses: If a worker dies because of his employment-related illness or injury, his relatives are entitled to death benefits to make up for his lost wages. Relatives may also receive $7,500 for burial costs.
Benefits Available to Replace Lost Income
In addition to the above benefits, one of these four types of income replacement benefits may be available:
1) Temporary Total Disability Benefits (TTD): These benefits are available when the worker is temporarily and completely unable to work. The worker will get no more than $500 per week in benefits.
2) Temporary Partial Disability Benefits (TPD): As much as $334 per week is available under TPD for employees who can no longer perform the duties required of their old occupation but can still do some amount of work even if at reduced wages or reduced hours.
3) Permanent Total Disability Benefits (PTD): If your work injury or illness becomes permanent, you may be able to receive benefits for as long as you remain injured or for up to 400 weeks.
4) Permanent Partial Disability Benefits (PPD): PPD is available when you have reached your maximum point of improvement from your injury but you remain unable to go back to your original job. Income replacement benefits will be paid to you and will depend on your percentage of impairment.
Georgia Workers' Compensation Statutes
Consult the Official Code of Georgia for relevant Georgia workers' compensation statutes.
Employers Subject To Workers' Compensation: Labor and Industrial Relations, Title 34, Chp. 9, Art. 2; Covered Employees: Labor and Industrial Relations, Title 34, Chp. 9, Art. 2; Benefits: Labor and Industrial Relations, Title 34, Chp. 9, §§ 261-265; Claims Procedure: Labor and Industrial Relations, Title 34, Chp. 9, §§ 80-86.