Unfortunately, you are locked in to your weekly income benefit rate based upon your date of injury. From time to time the maximum weekly income benefit rate also known as the temporary total disability rate is increased. The most recent increase was implemented in July of 2013 raising the maximum weekly rate of income benefits to $525.00 per week from $500.00 per week.
Each year it is subject to change if the Georgia legislature votes to increase it, however it typically does not change every year.
The best thing you can do is to verify you are being paid the right amount. You do this by looking back at your check stubs provided by your employer for the 13 weeks prior to the date of your work injury.
This becomes harder for you to do if you have not worked at your employer for 13 weeks or more as the employer will then need to obtain wages for similarly situated employees if there are any. This is a good time to speak with a Georgia workers’ compensation attorney if you feel like you are being underpaid.
Be informed. Be aware. Be prepared.
Ty Wilson is a Georgia workers compensation attorney, serving Chatham, Effingham, Bryan, Bulloch, Liberty, Long, McIntosh, Wayne, Glynn, Camden, Brantley, Appling, Tattnall counties , who provides free information to the injured and the families of injured workers. 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.