If you’ve been hurt at work, you may be wondering what benefits you can expect from workers’ compensation. Will you be responsible for any of your medical bills? Will you still be entitled to your regular income if you can’t work? What happens if your injury prevents you from working in the future? To answer your questions and put your mind at ease, take a look at the information below on Georgia workers’ compensation benefits.
In Georgia, workers’ compensation provides you with the following basic benefits:
- Medical Benefits: Workers’ compensation covers any medical bills associated with your injury. You should never be billed directly for your medical care. These benefits include mileage to and from your doctor and the cost of any prescription medications to treat your injury.
- Wage Benefits: You are entitled to receive two-thirds of your weekly wage while you are recovering from your injury based on your average wages from the previous 13 weeks, up to a maximum of $575 per week. These benefits cannot be collected until your doctor has placed you on a no-work status. Alternatively, you may still be eligible to college wage benefits if your doctor has only cleared you for light or limited duty and your employer has declined to provide you with this type of work.
- Disability Benefits: If your injury causes you to miss work or if you are permanently injured, you may be entitled to either total temporary disability (TTD), total partial disability (TPI), or permanent partial disability (PPD) benefits. The duration of these benefits depends on the severity of your injury and what part of the body was injured. If your injury is deemed “catastrophic” under Georgia law, including such injuries as brain injury, paralysis, total blindness, severe neurological disorders, or amputations of a hand, foot, arm, or leg, your benefits are not capped.
For more information on workers’ compensation benefits, please do not hesitate to get in touch with an experienced Atlanta workers’ compensation lawyer at Kaufman Law, P.C. We advise you not to agree to ANY settlement without first speaking with a member of our team. Our goal is to ensure that you get all of the benefits that you are entitled to under the law.
To schedule a free consultation, please call us at (404) 355-4000.