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Answers To Frequently Asked Questions About Workers’ Compensation In Georgia

You likely have many questions following your workplace injury. You want to understand your rights and legal options. Now is the perfect time to consult an attorney like ours at Prine Law Group. Below, we’ve provided answers to some of the most common workers’ comp questions asked by prospective clients. After reading, you can ask us any additional questions you may have during an initial consultation.

Am I eligible for workers’ compensation benefits?

Under Georgia law, most employers with at least three employees must have workers’ compensation insurance coverage. Employees at these companies are covered, while independent contractors and freelancers typically are not covered.

If you meet the above criteria and have suffered an injury at work or have developed a work-related illness in Georgia, you likely qualify for workers’ compensation benefits. This includes medical expenses, rehabilitation costs and wage replacement benefits if you’re unable to work.

How much can I get in a workers’ compensation case?

The amount you can receive from a workers’ compensation claim in Georgia depends on several factors, including the severity of your injury and your average weekly wage prior to the injury. Generally, you can receive two-thirds of your average weekly wage, up to a maximum limit set by law, as temporary total disability benefits if you are completely unable to work. If you can work but earn less because of your injury, you might qualify for temporary partial disability benefits. Additionally, medical and rehabilitation expenses related to your injury will be covered.

How long do I have to file a claim?

In Georgia, you must report your injury to your employer within 30 days of the accident or discovery/diagnosis of a work-related illness to remain eligible for workers’ compensation benefits. After reporting your injury (in writing), you have one year to file a claim for workers’ compensation. It’s important to act promptly to ensure that you do not lose your right to obtain the benefits.

Do I need a workers’ compensation attorney?

While you are not required to have an attorney to seek workers’ compensation benefits, most workers find that the legal and administrative processes are very challenging to handle on their own, especially if their employer or its insurance company disputes the claim. An experienced attorney can protect your rights, assist in gathering necessary medical evidence and represent you in hearings and all necessary levels of appeal.

Can I get fired for filing a workers’ compensation claim?

It is illegal for an employer to fire you solely for filing a workers’ compensation claim. Georgia law protects employees who exercise their rights to claim workers’ compensation benefits. Unfortunately, this problem still occurs somewhat frequently, and employers will often falsely state legal reason for the termination in an attempt to protect themselves.

Being represented by a workers’ compensation attorney isn’t a guaranteed safeguard against being wrongfully terminated, but it typically does make employers more hesitant to take any adverse actions against injured workers. They understand that their actions are being scrutinized by a seasoned legal professional.

Discuss Your Rights And Options With Our Attorneys Today

If you’d like to learn more about how our lawyers at Prine Law Group can help you with a workers’ compensation claim, contact our office in Macon to schedule an initial consultation. Just call 478-201-9755 or submit an online contact form.