If your employer has three or more employees (full-time, part-time or seasonal), he or she is required to carry workers' compensation insurance. The only industries in the US that aren't required to carry standard workers' comp insurance are railroad companies, US government workers, farm workers and domestic servants.
The amount of workers' compensation insurance required for a business depends on a number of elements, including how hazardous the industry is. On average, qualifying Georgia business owners should expect to pay between $2.00 and $2.50 per $100 spent on payroll.
In the state of Georgia, workers' compensation benefits are awarded on a no-fault basis. This means that benefits cannot be withheld from an employee due to the employee's perceived negligence or fault. In exchange for no-fault workers' compensation rights, employees in Georgia forfeit the right to sue their employer in court for a work-related injury.
Here are some of the most common personal injury questions our clients ask us at Lonati Law Firm. Have more questions for our Dallas injury lawyer? We are happy to answer them during a free consultation.
What is Workers’ Compensation?
Workers’ compensation is an insurance program paid by employers that provides financial and medical support to employees who fell ill or were injured while on the job. Some of the benefits that come with workers’ compensation include emergency treatment, hospitalization fees, prescription costs, and physical rehabilitation.
Should I Get Workplace Injury Treatment?
When Do You Need a Workers' Compensation Lawyer in GA?
How are Workers’ Compensation Benefits Awarded in Georgia?
Under Georgia law, workers’ compensation benefits are awarded on a no-fault basis. This means that the employer can’t deny an employee of benefits because of alleged incompetence. In exchange, employees are not able to sue their employer for work-related injury or illness.
When Should I Report My Injury? Is there a time limit?
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Georgia law states that when an employer has three or more employees, they’re required to provide workers’ compensation. The definition of employee includes those working full-time, part-time, or seasonally. The only exceptions to this are sole proprietors, partners, railroad workers, US government workers, farmworkers, and domestic servants.
An employee who has been injured at work is entitled to certain benefits, regardless of whether they are temporarily or permanently disabled. However, the benefits will vary depending on the severity of the injuries.
At Lonati Law Firm, we’re dedicated to helping you navigate the murky waters of Georgia’s workers’ compensation laws with our expert guidance. No matter what you need—whether you're seeking disability or medical benefits—our lawyers can help. Even if the time period for your claim has ended due to a lack of cooperation from your employer, we may be able to help you get an extension so you can receive your benefits.
To talk to our Dallas workers compensation lawyers, all you have to do is call 678-363-3500. You could also visit us online to set up an appointment or get a free case evaluation.