Worker’s compensation laws differ from state to state. In Georgia, there are certain rules that both the injured party and the employer must follow while proceeding in a worker’s compensation case. Here are four facts you need to know about workers compensation in Georgia:
You can still receive benefits after returning to work.
Many people mistakenly believe that worker’s compensation only covers the period that a person is unable to work. However, if your workplace injury caused a permanent disability or if you returned to work and are making less income than before due to your injury, it’s likely that you can continue receiving worker’s compensation after returning to work.
If you caused the injury, you can still receive worker’s compensation.
This fact is not as straightforward as other worker’s compensation laws in Georgia. Yes, you can still receive worker’s compensation if you caused the accident. However, if your injury occurred because you were acting in a way that goes against company policy (i.e. horseplay, intoxicated on the job, etc.), you are not liable for worker’s compensation.
Pain and suffering benefits are not available.
A worker’s compensation claim will provide compensation to cover medical bills, lost wages, and disabilities. Compensation for pain and suffering can be given through a personal injury claim, not a worker’s compensation claim. If you’ve been injured on the job, a worker’s compensation claim is likely the best route to take to receive benefits.
You can collect benefits even if your employer fires you.
Although there are some exceptions, Georgia employers can fire their employees at any time, for any reason. However, just because you’re fired doesn’t mean that you’re not entitled to worker’s compensation or that your worker’s compensation benefits will cease.
Filing a worker’s compensation claim can be overwhelming if you don’t have an experienced attorney on your side. The Adams Law Firm attorneys will gladly help you through this journey and get you the compensation you need for recovery. Give us a call:(478) 845-1961.