Every Georgia workers’ compensation claim can be broken down into catastrophic and non-catastrophic. Lets look at the main differences.
Non-Catastrophic Claims - Most Georgia workers compensation claims are non-catastrophic and are for the most part less serious than catastrophic claims. Upon being injured on the job in the course and scope of employment an employee is entitled to 400 weeks of medical benefits or medical care. Also, if an employee is taken out of work completely for more than 7 days, the employee is entitled to income benefits. Income benefits once paid in a non-catastrophic claim are payable for 400 weeks unless there is a change in condition (you get better).
Catastrophic Claims - There are several serious injury claims that are automatically determined to be catastrophic such as the loss of an arm or leg, a serious head injury, second and third degree burns over the majority of your body. In these claims you do not have to prove your claim is catastrophic, however in other claims such as serious back injury claims that progressive require more back surgeries and on-going care will have to proven to be catastrophic in nature. Both medical and income benefits are lifetime benefits.
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.
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