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Workers' compensation law in Georgia requires most employers to provide medical benefits and temporary disability insurance to employees who are injured on the job. Are you facing a complex workers' compensation injury or case? You may need a lawyer to fight for you.

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Workers' Compensation in Georgia

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. 

GA Workers' Comp Laws

The state of Georgia provides temporary disability benefits to employees who are out of work for more than one week due to job-related injuries. 

 
These benefits are capped at two-thirds of an employee's weekly income with a maximum benefit of $575 per week. Depending on the nature of a person's injury, benefits extend to the point of maximum medical improvement. If the injured person does not heal from his or her work-related injuries, workers' comp benefits can be paid out for up to 400 weeks. These benefits include medical care and rehabilitation care required for maximum medical improvement. 
 

In the state of Georgia, you must report your injury to your employer with 30 days of the injury's occurrence. 

 
It is best to report your injury immediately after it happens. Once your report has been made, go directly to the hospital or a medical clinic to receive appropriate medical treatment. 
 
Immediate treatment for your injuries gives you the best chance at a fast recovery. It also decreases the likelihood that your employer can reasonably claim that your injuries weren't related to your job. 
 
If you fail to report your injury within the 30-day window, your workers' compensation claim may be denied by your employer or their insurance company.
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Should I Get Workplace Injury Treatment?

In order to maximize your workers' compensation benefits, you must be aware of the legal stipulations of receiving treatment for a work-related injury.

Even if your employer accepts your claim, he or she may insist you be treated by a doctor chosen by the company. In actuality, your employer should present you with a list of Authorized Treating Physicians, all of which must be located within 50 miles of your job site. The list must include at least six physicians, with at least one minority doctor and one one orthopaedic surgeon. Injured employees are allowed to switch from one panel doctor to another one time without getting approval.

If your employer doesn't have a list of ATPs, he or she may have a Conformed Panel (which must contain 10 physicians to choose from) or an agreement with a Managed Care Organization.

The employer is required to post this list in obvious places around the job site or company office.

If your employer offers none of these workers' comp physician lists, you (the employee) are allowed to choose your own physician for treatment.

Additionally, ATP lists, Conformed Panels and MCOs do not apply when an employee suffers a life-threatening injury. The employee should seek treatment at the nearest emergency medical facility. The employer will then be required to cover all medical costs related to the diagnosis and treatment of the emergency injury, even if the treating physician is not on the approved panel of physicians.

Once the emergency medical injury has been treated, any subsequent care related to the injury must be performed by a physician on your employer's list of ATPs. 

When Do You Need a Workers' Compensation Lawyer in GA?

There are several workers' compensation issues that require the expertise of a workers' comp lawyer:

1. Your benefits do not totally cover your injury-related medical expenses
2. Your claim has been denied for questionable reasons
3. Your benefits have not been paid out in a timely manner
4. You fear that your employer will retaliate against you for seeking benefits

Don't navigate the confusing waters of Georgia workers' comp without the expert guidance of a workers' compensation attorney.

A lawyer who specializes in workers' comp cases can help you win the disability and medical benefits you are entitled to under Georgia law. If the time period for your claim has elapsed due to your employer's lack of cooperation, we can help you get an extension on your benefits eligibility.

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