Overview of Workers’ Compensation Law in Georgia
Workers’ Compensation in Georgia is a state-mandated program that provides compensation to employees who sustain injuries or illnesses directly related to their work. It is a no-fault system, meaning employees do not need to prove their employer was at fault to receive benefits. For more information, visit Workers’ Compensation Overview.
The claims process begins when an employee reports an injury or illness to their employer. The employer then files a claim with their workers’ compensation insurance carrier. The insurer evaluates the claim and decides on the eligibility for benefits. Detailed information can be found at Workers’ Compensation Claims Process.
Types of Compensable Work Injuries
In Georgia, compensable work injuries include any injury or illness that arises out of and in the course of employment. This can range from physical injuries, occupational diseases, repetitive stress injuries, to mental and psychological conditions linked to work. Learn more at Compensable Work Injuries.
Reporting Work Injuries
Employees must report work injuries to their employer as soon as possible. In Georgia, the law typically requires this report to be made within 30 days of the injury. Late reporting can lead to the denial of a claim. For more details, visit Reporting Work Injuries.
Maximum Medical Improvement (MMI)
Maximum Medical Improvement is the stage where an injured worker’s condition has stabilized and is unlikely to improve further. At this point, a physician evaluates the employee to determine any permanent disability and the need for ongoing treatment. Additional information is available at Maximum Medical Improvement.
Workers’ Compensation benefits in Georgia include medical benefits, income benefits, permanent partial disability benefits, and death benefits. For a detailed breakdown, visit Workers’ Compensation Benefits.
Disputes in workers’ compensation cases may arise regarding the extent of injuries, the amount of benefits, or the denial of a claim. Employees have the right to appeal decisions made by their employer or the insurance company. More information can be found at Workers’ Compensation Disputes.