If you have been hurt on the job, it can be hard to know what options you have. Like all states, Georgia has laws that specifically protect people who are injured while at work. These laws are designed to ensure that those who are injured or permanently disabled from work-related accidents receive the necessary medical and monetary assistance. For example, workers’ compensation is a specialized type of insurance coverage that every employer in Georgia with three or more employees must carry.
What Could I Be Eligible For?
As a full or part-time worker who’s been injured, you may be eligible to receive:
- Professional medical care
- Vocational rehab
- Free or low-cost prescription drugs
- Lost income benefits (can vary by injury type and rehabilitation progress)
- Reimbursement for travel expenses incurred while seeking necessary medical care
If your parent or spouse has died in the course of his or her employment in Georgia and if you are a dependent, you may be eligible to receive death benefits pursuant to Georgia’s workers’ compensation laws. Death benefits can be used to cover funeral and burial expenses, unpaid medical bills, and loss of future earnings.
What Should I Do If This Applies To Me?
If you or a family member has been hurt on the job, you have 30 days in the state of Georgia to report your injury to your employer after it occurs. Otherwise, you may become ineligible for benefits. If you would like to receive more information about your rights as an injured worker or dependent, please contact Burrow & Associates today at (678)-323-2394.