The Georgia Workers’ Compensation Board Bill of Rights aims to protect injured workers. The goal is to ensure they receive the benefits and support necessary for their recovery.
If you are an injured worker in Georgia, it is crucial to understand your rights and how to navigate the workers’ compensation system effectively.
Medical treatment and income benefits
Injured workers in Georgia have the right to receive medical treatment for their work-related injuries. The employer’s workers’ compensation insurance covers necessary medical care, including doctor visits, hospitalization, physical therapy and prescription medications. The treating physician must be from the employer’s panel of physicians. The employer must display the list in a prominent location at the workplace.
In addition to medical treatment, injured workers may be eligible for income benefits. These benefits provide financial support while the worker recovers and is unable to perform their regular job. The amount of income benefits depends on the worker’s average weekly wage and the severity of their injuries. There are several types of income benefits available. The may include temporary total disability benefits, temporary partial disability benefits, and permanent partial disability benefits.
Returning to work and vocational rehabilitation
The Georgia Workers’ Compensation Board Bill of Rights also addresses the process of returning to work after a work-related injury. If an injured worker can return to work but cannot perform their previous job duties, the employer may offer them a suitable light-duty job. The employee must accept the position if it meets specific requirements. For example, being within their physical restrictions and providing the same wages and benefits as their previous job.
If a worker cannot return to their previous job due to their injuries, then they may be eligible for vocational rehabilitation services. These services can help the worker find a new job or gain the necessary skills to transition to a new career.
Understanding their rights can help injured workers navigate the workers’ compensation process and ensure they receive the support and benefits they deserve.
Contact us today for your free consultation and to learn more about how you may be eligible for benefits.