Workers’ Compensation Benefits

If you have suffered an on the job injury, illness or death, then you and your loved ones may be entitled to Workers’ Compensation Benefits. Therefore, it is important that you or your loved one Contact Us as soon as you have suffered any on the job injury, illness or death so that we may assist you in a timely manner, and make sure that you receive the just compensation that you deserve. If you are injured on the job, then you may have many questions about the benefits that you are entitled to under Georgia’s Workers’ Compensation Laws. Depending upon the circumstances of your case, you may be entitled to any of the following four (4) types of benefits if you have suffered an on the job injury where you are qualified to receive Workers’ Compensation:

  1. Temporary Total Disability Benefits – If you are injured on the job and your physician determines that you are unable to work, then you are entitled to a benefit amount that is equal to two-thirds of your average weekly wage at the time of your on the job injury. This amount can not be more than what is allowed under law. If your injury is non-catastrophic, then you are limited to 400 weeks of benefits from the first date of your injury. If, however, your injury is catastrophic, then the benefits that you are entitled to receive are not limited.

  2. Temporary Partial Disability Benefits – If you are able to return to work but you return to work in a job that pays less than you were receiving before your on the job injury and is less as a result of your on the job injury, then you are entitled to receive a benefit that is two-thirds of the difference between your average weekly wage prior to the injury, and these benefits are payable to up to 350 weeks from the first date of your injury. Again, this amount of benefit can not be more than the most amount allowed under the law.

  3. Permanent Partial Disability Benefits – If you are permanently disabled due to your on the job injury, then you are entitled to a benefit that is a percentage determined by your physician according to AMA Guidelines, and this percentage is multiplied by the Temporary Total Disability Rate. The percentage is determined by a formula that has the number of weeks assigned by O.C.G.A 34-9-263(c).

  4. Death Benefits – In the very unfortunate event that you die as a result of your on the job accident, then your dependents who are eligible to receive benefits under the law are entitled to receive an amount that is equal to two thirds of your average weekly wage at the time of the accident. This amount can not exceed the maximum allowed under law. Funeral Expenses are also payable to an amount that does not exceed the maximum allowed under law.

It is very important to note that the aforestated benefits can not be paid at the same time, and that only one benefit is payable at any one time. If possible, and it is allowed by your physician, your employer will try to give a job that is light-duty if one is available. If there is a light duty job available and your physician gives you permission to work a light duty job, then you will be expected to go back to work and work the light duty job.

There is, however, a grace period of 15-working days that will give you time to determine if you can do the light duty job without the concern of forfeiting your Workers’ Compensation Benefits. If a light duty job is not available, however, and you are out of work for more than 52 weeks consecutively or if the periods of work are not consecutive, then the most that you can receive under Temporary Total Disability will be for a total of 78 weeks and after that time your benefit will be reduced to a Temporary Partial Disability Benefit.

If you have any questions, then please Contact Us by any of the following means for your free legal consultation so that we can answer the questions that you may have about what benefits you may be entitled to: By phone at 770-865-8654 and 813-363-6664; By email at juliericelaw@outlook.com; By our Website on our Contact Form. We are here to assist you and we look forward to hearing from you soon.

Summary of Workers' Compensation Provisions