When you suffer an injury on the job, you might not be able to return to work for days, weeks, or even months. Your injuries can require you to stay home while you heal or result in a temporary or permanent disability that prevents you from going back altogether. In Atlanta, most injured workers will not have to simply accept lost wages due to a workplace injury. Instead, the Georgia workers’ compensation system allows them to recover the costs of two-thirds of lost wages.
If you need to apply for workers’ compensation benefits in Atlanta, get help from Kaufman Law, P.C.. The road to lost wage replacement can have many bumps and obstacles. To help the claims process go as smoothly and successfully as possible, trust your claim to the hands of our Atlanta attorneys. We can file your claim for you, and help you understand the nuances of Georgia’s lost wage replacement system. Reach out to us to see how we can help you today.
What to Know About Lost Wage Replacement in Georgia
The Georgia workers’ compensation system will replace two-thirds of an employee’s average weekly wage in most case scenarios. Your average weekly wage is your daily wage multiplied by 260 (the number of workdays per year) and divided by 52. You will receive benefits that amount to two-thirds your average weekly wage if you qualify – that is, if the state board accepts your workers’ compensation claim for a work-related leave of absence.
In Georgia, there is a limit to how much an injured employee can receive for lost wages. For injuries incurred on or after July 1, 2016, there is a $575 cap on weekly wage benefits. Accidents before this date may qualify for a different amount. If you can return to work but at a lower-paying job, your lost wage benefits will not exceed $383 per week. Lost wage benefits for catastrophic injuries will continue as long as the individual cannot return to work. For non-catastrophic injuries, benefits will last no longer than 250 weeks from the date of injury.
Unfortunately, the lost wage cap in Georgia doesn’t always equal two-thirds of an employee’s weekly wages. In other cases, two-thirds wages are not enough for workers to pay their bills. Talking to an attorney can help you explore all your options for compensation, and not just lost wages through workers’ compensation. The law could entitle you to additional lost wage benefits through the Social Security Administration or through a personal injury lawsuit.
Get the Most from Your Workplace Injury Claim
The amount you can receive for your lost wages after an on-the-job injury will depend on your current income level, the severity of the injury, and what the doctor says about returning to work. The best way to maximize your lost wage benefits is to retain a workers’ compensation attorney in Atlanta. Kaufman Law, P.C. can evaluate your case for free and let you know if we can help you get more compensation for your recent workplace accident. We can also appeal claims denials in Atlanta. Request a consultation with one of our Atlanta lawyers about your lost wages today. Call (404) 355-4000.