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Understanding the Georgia Workers’ Compensation Board Bill of Rights

by | Apr 10, 2023 | Workers' Compensation

The Georgia Workers’ Compensation Board Bill of Rights aims to protect injured workers and ensure they receive the benefits and support necessary for their recovery.

As an injured worker in Georgia, it is crucial to understand your rights under this legislation 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, which list the employer must display 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 duties. 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, including 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, such as 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, they may be eligible for vocational rehabilitation services. These services can help the worker find a new job or acquire 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.