If you are injured on the job in Georgia and taken out of work for more than seven (7) days, you are entitled to income benefits or weekly checks through work comp. However, in Georgia the benefits are calculated based upon your average weekly wage for 13 thirteen weeks prior to your work injury and then after the average weekly wage is determined they pay you 67% of your average weekly wage and on top of that they cap it at no more than $525.00 per week.
The employer at their discretion has the right and or ability to pay you salary in lieu or instead of weekly checks through workers compensation. The long and short is that you likely will come out financially a head unless the employer is forcing you to use up your vacation/sick pay. Then you are being punished and want to consider your options carefully.
In considering your options you want to have a good idea of the extent of your injuries so that you can make the best determination moving forward. For specific issues you will want to speak with a Georgia workers’ compensation lawyer.
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.