Injured Worker Fast Facts

What You Should Know If You Are Hurt On The Job In GA:

  • If you are injured on the job, you have 30 days to inform your employer of your injury.  There are exceptions to the general rule, including situations where a disease or illness did not develop until after exposure.   Once your employer is notified, you must file a claim with the Workers’ Compensation Commission within 1 year of the accident in order to receive benefits.
  • If your check is late, you do have some recourse.  Georgia law requires your employer to pay you on time.
  • In GA, employers who employ three or more employees, including part time employees, are responsible for obtaining workers compensation insurance from a workers’ comp insurance carrier.
  • Unless an employer is self insured, the workers comp insurance carrier actually pays the medical and disability benefits claimed from a workplace injury.
  • The term self insured refers to a large employer who is financially able to act as its own workers compensation insurance company.
  • The GA workers compensation act covers accidents and injuries.  In other words, recurring or chronic problems such as carpal tunnel syndrome or chronic back pain are subject to compensation.
  • An employer may deny a workman’s compensation claim of an employee who was intoxicated or using illegal drugs at the time of the workplace accident.
  • A workers compensation claim may be denied if:
    • The injuries were self-inflicted
    • The accident occurred while the employee was committing a serious crime
    • an employee was not on the job
    • The employee’s conduct that caused the accident violated company policy.

Release to light duty work

If you return to light duty or work part-time while you are recovering from a workplace injury, you will be entitled to compensation if your wages are less than the normal rate that you received before you were hurt on the job. You will be compensated at two-thirds of the difference between the rate you received before you got hurt and what you are making while on light duty or working reduced hours. You are entitled to this additional compensation until you reach maximum medical improvement.

The Strom Law Firm, LLC understands the impact that a work related injury or death has upon you and your loved ones.  The most important thing you need to focus on is a speedy recovery. You need an advocate who will seek justice on your behalf. Contact one of the workers comp attorneys at the Strom Law Firm, LLC for a free consultation to discuss your legal rights. (912) 264-6465

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