Nobody expects to suffer an injury while at work – especially not an injury that results in temporary or permanent disability. Yet every year, hundreds of workers learn they cannot return to work because of serious to catastrophic injuries they incurred on the job. If you suffer a disabling work injury in Atlanta, you could qualify for benefits through the Georgia workers’ compensation system, on top of Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits.
At Kaufman Law, P.C., we care deeply about the livelihoods and futures of Atlanta’s workers. We’ve seen first-hand how devastating a disability can be to the victim and his or her family members. We know how much a disability impacts your daily life and want to help you fight for the compensation you deserve. Our firm works hard to protect worker rights, file compensation claims, and go up against insurance companies in the pursuit of maximum weekly benefits. Find out if we can help you with your claim – request a free consultation.
What Benefits Does the Law Entitle You to Have?
In Georgia, employees who suffer disabling injuries can apply for workers’ compensation benefits. The workers’ compensation program will award cash benefits of two-thirds your average weekly wage, up to a $575 cap per week. Most disabling injuries will fall under the category of “catastrophic,” entitling you to benefits for as long as you are unable to go back to work. You could be eligible for three different types of workers’ compensation cash benefits:
- Total temporary disability (TTD). TTD benefits may apply if your injury results in the total inability to return to work for a certain period of time, such as during recovery. You do not need to suffer a 100% disability to qualify for TTD benefits. Your injury must simply disable you from returning to work.
- Total partial disability (TPD). TPD benefits could kick in if your injury impairs your earning capacity, but you can still return to some form of work. If you can go back to work but cannot perform your same job, for instance, due to the inability to walk around or do heavy lifting, you could qualify to two-thirds of the difference between your previous wages and what you currently earn.
- Permanent partial disability (PPD). PPD benefits relate to your level of disability instead of how much work you can perform. Even if you did not lose wages because of your accident, you could qualify for PPD if you suffered a permanent disability in a work-related accident. PPD benefits will not apply until you stop receiving TTD or TPD payments from the Board of Workers’ Compensation.
On top of benefits from the Georgia workers’ compensation program, you could also pursue benefits through the national Social Security Disability program. The Social Security Administration (SSA) offers disability benefits to people who cannot return to work due to an injury or medical condition that will likely last at least one year. If you qualify for SSD benefits, you could receive at least a reduced amount (if in conjunction with workers’ compensation benefits) each month. For help filing your disability claim(s) in Atlanta, come to Kaufman Law, P.C.. We can assist you every step of the way. Contact us for more information.