If you are injured on-the-job, you may be entitled to receive workers’ compensation benefits. It is important that you contact an experienced Georgia workers' comp attorney immediately to protect your legal rights. Workers’ Compensation law allows workers who are injured, killed or suffer an illness in the course of their employment to receive the medical, rehabilitation, income, death and other benefits they deserve.
If you are injured on-the-job, it is imperative that you notify your employer immediately of your injury. Prompt notification of your injury to your employer will help to preserve your legal rights and assist your employer with commencing your medical benefits in a timely manner. In most circumstances, you are required to select a medical provider from a list of physicians posted by your employer in a prominent location. If you do not receive medical treatment from one of the physicians posted on the list, your medical bills may not be covered by your workers’ compensation benefits. In order to make certain that you are receiving the medical treatment that you are entitled to, contact an experienced workers’ compensation attorney today.
If you are unable to work because of your on-the-job injury, you are also entitled to receive weekly income benefits. There are four basic income benefits.
- Temporary Total Disability (TTD) benefits: An injured worker is entitled to receive this benefit if an injury occurs on-the-job and is unable to work due to the disabling injury. These benefits are paid at a rate of two-thirds of the injured worker's Average Weekly Wage at the time of the injury, but will not exceed the maximum rate available under the law on the date of the accident. For non-catastrophic injuries that occur on or after July 1, 1992, an injured worker is limited to a maximum of 400 weeks of TTD benefits beginning as of the date of accident.
- Temporary Partial Disability (TPD) benefits: After a worker is injured on-the-job, he is entitled to this income benefit if he returns to work at a reduced wage because of an on-the-job injury. These benefits are paid at a rate of two-thirds of the difference between the injured worker's pre-accident Average Weekly Wage and post-accident Average Weekly Wage, but will not exceed the maximum rate available under the law on the date of accident. An injured worker is limited to a maximum of 350 weeks of TPD benefits beginning as of the date of accident.
- Permanent Partial Disability (PPD) benefits: If an injured worker suffers a permanent disability for loss of body members or for the partial loss of use of the body, then he will be entitled to this benefit. These benefits are payable on the basis of a permanent impairment rating assigned by the injured worker's Authorized Treating Physician in accordance with the current American Medical Association Guidelines. This rating is then applied to a pre-determined formula to determine the number of weeks of PPD benefits to which an injured worker is entitled.
- Death benefits: If an employee whose on-the-job injuries resulted in death, an eligible dependent would be entitled to receive this benefit.
When someone suffers a catastrophic injury on-the-job, there are rehabilitation benefits that must be provided to the injured workers by the employer and the workers’ compensation insurance carrier. Rehabilitation may be obtained through medical treatment, vocational evaluation and counseling, psychological evaluation and additional training. It is important that the injured worker contact an attorney experienced in workers’ compensation to help attain this vital worker’s compensation benefit.
In the unfortunate circumstance that a job related injury results in death, consult a knowledgeable workers compensation attorney at The Campbell Law Practice, LLC to advise you about workers’ compensation death benefits. Generally, death benefits are payable to an employee’s dependents who were wholly dependent upon the employee’s earnings for support at the time of the injury. Also, the employer is liable for burial expenses.