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Facts About Workers’ Comp
Income Benefits in Georgia

When Does Workers' Comp Start Paying Income Benefits After A Work-Related Injury?

Depending on your doctor’s opinion about your physical capabilities after your work injury, you may be entitled to weekly income benefits if you are unable to work for more than 7 days. If you miss more than 21 consecutive days of of work, you are entitled to be paid for the first week you missed work due to the work injury.

Your first check should be mailed to you within 21 days after the first day you missed work. However, in a lot of cases, the injured worker faces challenges with getting the initial income benefits payment from the insurance company voluntarily, so involving the Workers’ Comp Board is often necessary.

When Are Workers' Comp Income Benefits Legally Considered Late?

A workers’ comp income benefits payment is considered late when it was mailed from workers’ comp after the week for which the benefits themselves are due (if mailed from the state of Georgia). If the check is mailed from outside Georgia, then it is late if not mailed 3 days prior to the first day of the week for which the benefits themselves are due.

What Are The Penalties For Late Payment of Workers' Comp Income Benefits?

Georgia law states that workers’ comp must pay a 15% penalty (in addition to the payment itself) for late payment of weekly income benefits. However, insurance companies can often be unwilling to pay this penalty if the injured worker is not represented by an attorney.

What Can I Do To Get My Benefits On Time?

The best way to ensure you get the benefits you are entitled to is to hire an experienced workers compensation attorney. It’s important to show workers’ comp that you are serious, and that means hiring a lawyer. On top of that, an experienced workers’ comp attorney can file and take your case to Court to fight for any benefits that have been delayed or refused by workers’ comp.

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