In Georgia, you are entitled to three separate benefits under the workers compensation system. First and foremost you are entitled to medical benefits or medical treatment as it relates to your on the job injury so long as it is in the course and scope of your employment. Second you are entitled to weekly income benefits, if a medical provider takes you out of work for more than seven days. Third, you are entitled to be paid permanent partial disability if a medical provider provides that you are impaired as a result of your injury.
Typically the doctor will issue you a permanent impairment rating at the end of your treatment or once you have reached maximum medical improvement also known as MMI.
Under Georgia law, each body part has been issued a number of weeks by the legislature. For example if you have a back injury your number of weeks is currently 300. So in our example if the claimant was receiving $500.00 workers compensation benefits, you would multiply the comp rate times the number of weeks for the injured body part and multiply that by the percentage of impairment issued by the doctor or medical provider.
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Ty Wilson is a Georgia workers compensation attorney, with offices in Savannah and Atlanta, who provides free information to the injured and the families of the injured. Visit tywilsonlaw.com to order his FREE Georgia workers compensation “Special Reports” and to read his many articles and to watch his videos.
If you have specific questions for a workers compensation attorney in Georgia, give Ty at call 912-508-4711 in Savannah or 770-948-5454 in Atlanta.