Employees who are injured at work are entitled to prompt medical treatment, paid by the employer and often to income benefits for lost time or permanent disability. In most cases, injured workers are entitled to receive these benefits even if they are at fault. For injuries occurring on or after July 1, 2015, the maximum benefit is $550 per week.
If you are injured at work, medical benefits become available immediately. Your employer is required to have a panel of physicians posted and injured workers are allowed to select a doctor off of the panel. For injuries occurring after July 1, 2013, medical benefits are available for up to 400 weeks from the date of injury.
For workers who are disabled by an authorized physician, income benefits should begin approximately 21 days after the date of injury. No taxes are deducted from or paid on workers compensation benefits and income benefits are based on two-thirds of an individual’s weekly earnings for about three months before the injury.
When job injury cases are litigated, attorneys’ fees are limited by law. Fees of more than $100 must be approved by the State Board of Workers Compensation.
Any Georgia employer with three or more employees regularly in service is required to have workers compensation insurance.
If you have been injured at work and are not receiving your medical or income benefits, please call Attorney Shari S. Miltiades at (912) 354-8122 today for a consultation.