Not all injuries that occur during a work day are compensable in Georgia. Usually, if you were doing something for the benefit of your employer, and you were injured or became ill as a result, then you can receive benefits. Unfortunately, tricky situations occur that make it difficult to prove whether or not your injury or illness is work-related. Here are some areas that can create problems:
Lunch Breaks – Usually, injuries or illnesses that happen on an employee’s lunch break are not covered under workers’ compensation. However, there are special circumstances that may allow you to qualify for workers’ compensation.
Company Events – Many companies sponsor special events like parties, picnics, or baseball games. Injuries sustained at these events are usually covered by workers’ compensation.
Travel – If you are injured on your commute to or from work, your injury probably isn’t covered by workers’ compensation. However, there are many times when injuries during travel are covered. The general rule is whether your travel is benefitting your employer or is purely personal. Contact Shari Miltiades for more information.
Misconduct – If you were injured while breaking a workplace safety rule or while doing something else that your employer has prohibited, your injury may still be covered by workers’ compensation. Ask your attorney about the specifics of your case.
Preexisting Conditions – If you have a preexisting condition, and your job aggravates it in a way that results in an injury or illness, then the injury is probably covered by workers’ compensation.
Hearing Loss – People who work in noisy environments often suffer hearing loss over time. Unless there is some other obvious reason for the impairment, this injury is usually covered by workers’ compensation.
Mental Conditions – Mental conditions that are job-related are not covered by workers’ compensation in Georgia unless accompanied by a physical injury.
Occupational Diseases and Illnesses – If you have a disease or illness resulting from your work, then you are entitled to workers’ compensation. Unfortunately, it can be difficult to prove that a disease is work-related.
If you are not receiving the benefits you deserve, call Shari Miltiades at (912) 354-8122 for a confidential consultation. With almost 30 years of experience, she will help you get the benefits you deserve. As an experienced attorney with almost 30 years of experience, she will fight for you and your health.