Georgia is an “at will” state. Meaning you can be fired or terminated for a reason or no reason at all. As such, typically speaking if an employer wants to terminate you after you suffer a work injury they can do so, however depending upon the circumstances of the termination, the Employer may be required to pay you weekly income benefits.
If the termination can be proven to be related to the work injury, then you have a better chance of being successful in obtaining income benefits.
Typically it is not to the employer’s benefit to terminate the employee after a work injury unless the employee does not show up for schedule work and has been released by the workers’ compensation doctor.
This can be a tricky area of the law, so it is always recommended that you speak directly with a Georgia workers’ compensation attorney.
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.