Typically speaking, when you are injured on the job, as long as you were employed by an employer with three or more employees and were doing the job you were hired to do and were not intoxicated on alcohol or drugs or horse playing when you are injured you have a workers compensation claim. Georgia workers’ compensation system is a no-fault system. As such you immediately have what is known as a “medical only” claim.
What that means is that the insurance company only has to pay for your medical care only. That could change if you are taken out of work completely for more than seven days or are placed on light duty and your employer can not accommodate your light duty restrictions.
If you have been paid weekly checks by the workers’ compensation insurance carrier your claim is no longer a medical only claim, it is consider a “compensable claim”. For more information on a “compensable claim” please see our post titled “What is a Compensable Claim in Georgia Workers’ Comp?”.
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.