You may be sure that you are owed workers’ comp in the wake of an on-the-job injury, but how do you know what benefits you qualify for and the kind of support for which you should fight?
At Van Sant Law, we are committed to getting injured workers in Georgia the financial support they need after a serious injury, from their weekly income benefits to their reimbursed medical travel expenses. If you partner with our skilled Atlanta worker injury attorneys, you and your family can rest easy knowing that you are getting the full benefits under the law.
Which Workers’ Compensation Benefits Are You Entitled To?
According to the Georgia Workers’ Compensation Act, employees injured in on-the-job accidents may collect a number of different benefits during their recovery. These benefits include:
- Weekly income benefits. These benefits consist of two-thirds of your average weekly salary before your accident. You can begin receiving these benefits after seven consecutive days of missed work due to an on-the-job injury. You may receive benefits for the first seven days of missed wages if you are injured for more than 21 consecutive days.
- Medical expense benefits. Workers’ compensation will reimburse you for any medical bills directly related to an on-the-job injury, including ER and hospital bills, follow-up doctor’s’ appointments, and prescription medication.
- Rehabilitation benefits. You may also receive funds for some types of rehabilitation such as physical therapy and occupational therapy.
- Travel expenses. Some injury-related travel expenses may also be covered by workers’ compensation benefits. For example, you may be reimbursed for gas mileage when driving to a hospital or a therapy center.
- Disability benefits. If your injury has long-term health consequences that will affect your ability to find employment and your everyday life, you could receive benefits for these disabilities for many years or even indefinitely.
More About Temporary, Partial, and Permanent Disability
Your Georgia workers’ compensation benefits will vary based on a number of different factors and they may change over time. Depending on these factors, you may receive workers’ compensation for only a few weeks or your entire lifetime. Also, depending on these factors, you may receive a variable amount of money over time.
One of the most important factors that goes into calculating your workers’ comp benefits is the severity and long-term consequences of your disability. For example, if you suffered a permanent disability, such as an amputation, a brain injury, or paralysis, you will receive more over time than if you will experience a full recovery. If you suffer a total disability that completely bars you from working, you will receive more than if you are partially disabled and can engage in some form of employment.
Death Benefits for a Worker’s Spouse, Children, and Other Dependents
If a worker dies in an on-the-job accident, the worker’s spouse and children may receive workers’ comp benefits. Families could receive a weekly benefit of up to $525 per week, with a lifetime cap of $150,000 for a widow or widower without dependent children. Families may also receive $7,500 for burial and funeral expenses. Weekly death benefits will end if a spouse remarries or cohabitates with a new partner.
Get the Workers’ Comp Benefits You Need & Deserve
Make certain that you are getting all of the workers’ comp benefits that you deserve in the wake of your on-the-job injury. At Van Sant Law, we will closely evaluate your injuries, review your case, and calculate how much workers’ comp you and your family should be receiving. If your claim is denied or undervalued, we can fight against your employer and against the insurance company for your rights.