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Georgia Workers' Compensation

Georgia Workers' Compensation

Georgia workers' compensation or workman's compensation is provided to Georgia employees who are injured while performing their job or who have contracted an occupational illness. Georgia workers' compensation program is managed and administered by Georgia's State Board of Workers' Compensation (SBWC).

The goal of the SBWC is "to provide superior access to the Georgia Workers' Compensation program for injured workers and employers in a manner that is sensitive, responsive, and effective and to insure efficient processing and swift, fair resolution of claims, while encouraging workplace safety and return to work".

Workers' compensation or workers comp is a mandatory insurance policy that certain employers in the state of Georgia are required to purchase to protect their employees who are injured in a Georgia work injury. Mandatory workers' compensation has eliminated the rights of most injured employees to file a personal injury claim and sue their employer. The trade-off for the worker, who may have forfeited a larger payout, is immediate medical benefits and potential wage loss compensation without the need for a costly legal battle.

Work Injuries covered by Georgia Workers' Compensation

Work injuries are generally covered if they occur while an employee is performing a job duty. Work injuries which were the result of an employee's horseplay, intoxication, failure to follow company policies or which were intentionally self-inflicted may not be covered.

Common work injuries which should be covered under Georgia's Work compensation laws include:

  • Neck injuries
  • Carpal Tunnel
  • Heart attacks on the job
  • Amputations
  • Closed head injuries
  • Burns
  • Abrasions
  • Puncture wounds
  • Back injuries
  • Concussions
  • Strokes on the job
  • Injuries from inhaling toxic chemicals
  • Paralysis
  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Electrocution
  • Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

Georgia Workers Compensation Benefits

Hiring a Georgia Workers' Compensation Lawyer

Not all workers will need to hire a Georgia workman's compensation lawyer, but if the injuries suffered are severe or permanent or the worker and employer have an adversarial relationship, it may be a good idea to seek legal counsel. Many workers' compensation cases are litigated in Georgia simply because the insurance company wants to pay a low settlement amount and close the case as quickly as possible.

If you feel you have received poor medical treatment, if your Georgia workers' compensation case has been denied or if you have been severely injured, contact a Georgia workman's comp attorney.

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