Currently under Georgia law you must be taken out of work for more than seven days by an authorized medical provider in order to be entitled to income benefits or what is referred to as weekly checks.
If you take yourself out of work and are not taken out of work by an authorized medical provider you may have a fight on your hands to get paid the time off you were away from work, so it is important to get a work excuse from your medical provider so you can show why you were not able to work.
If you are taken out of work continuously for more than 21 days you will be entitled to receive payment for the first seven days you were out of work. If you are never taken out of work for more than seven days by an authorized medical provider, they you are not entitled to income benefits or weekly checks unless your work hours have been substantially reduced due to your work restrictions then in that case you may be entitled to weekly income benefits.
This calculation is specific to each individual claim. So if you have been released to light duty and your hours are substantially reduced because of your work restrictions you will want to contact a Georgia workers compensation attorney immediately to determine and verify that you are in fact receiving the proper income benefit amount.
These amounts are commonly miscalculated and if you do not correct it you may be barred from collecting said amounts in the future. Verify that you are getting what you are entitled to under the law, your family is too important not to.
Be informed. Be aware. Be prepared.
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.