Workers Compensation

Synonyms

Workers’ Compensation may provide you with medical benefits, rehabilitation support, and supplemental income if you suffer an injury or fall ill as a result of a compensable, work-related accident. Workers’ Compensation benefits are provided to help you return to work. In the case of your death, your dependents may also be eligible to claim benefits.

Quick Definition: Workers’ Compensation may provide you with medical benefits, rehabilitation support, and supplemental  income if you suffer an injury or fall ill as a result of a compensable, work-related accident.

Workers’ Compensation benefits are provided to help you return to work.  In the case of your death, your dependents may also be eligible to claim benefits.

What Is The Contact Information For The State Board of Workers’ Compensation?

State Board of Workers’ Compensation

270 Peachtree Street, NW

Atlanta, GA 30303

(404) 656-3818 or 1-800-533-0682

 

Are Employers Required To Carry Workers’ Compensation Insurance?

 

In Georgia, any business with three (3) or more workers, including regular part-time workers, must carry workers’ compensation insurance.  If a business in Georgia is required to carry workers’ compensation insurance and fails to do so the owner may be guilty of a misdemeanor.

 

Workers’ Compensation Useful Information

 

Even workers at fault due to their own inattentiveness may recover workers’ compensation benefits.  However workers using alcohol or drugs on the job, fighting or engaging in horseplay may not recover benefits.

 

  • Do Workers’ Compensation Benefits Stop Once Employment Is Terminated?

In Georgia, Employers have the right to terminate for an reason at all.  However in most cases the employee is still entitled to benefits owed.

 

No.  This type of compensation is only permitted in personal injury claims.

 

  • Can You Sue Your Employer?

No. In Georgia, a workers’ compensation claim is the exclusive remedy against an employer.

 

  • Can You Choose Your Doctor For Your Workers’ Compensation Appointment?

In the event you suffer an on the job injury, your employer should provide a list of at least six qualifying physicians or a Managed Care Organization (MCO).  You are permitted to choose your physician from this list.

 

The parties can agree to a lump sum settlement.

 

 

 

  • Can You Receive Benefits for Pre-Existing Conditions?

Even if the worker had a pre-existing condition, if the on the job injury aggravated the injury then the employee can recover benefits related to that condition.

 

  • Can Your Receive Benefits After Returning To Work?

If you return to work earning less than the income you made prior to the injury or if you suffer a permanent partial disability you may be entitled to benefits after returning to work.

 

How Does My Workers’ Compensation Claim Impact My Personal Injury Claim?

In Georgia, Workers’ Compensation claim is an exclusive remedy against an employer.  However the employee may still file a civil claim or lawsuit  against a negligent third-party.  However an employer is entitled to a lien against the personal injury settlement to recoup amounts paid. This lien however is only permitted after the employee has been fully and completely compensated.  Additionally this lien cannot be asserted against an Uninsured or Underinsured Motorist claim.

 

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