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Atlanta Workers’ Compensation Attorney – Can I Get Unemployment and Workers’ Compensation benefits at the Same Time?

Our video topic for today is can I collect unemployment and workers’ compensation at the same time?  The short answer is yes.  However, there are requirements for both.  Typically speaking, if you’re collecting benefits through workers’ compensation, you’re either unable to work completely and taken out of work completely by an authorized treating physician or you’re on light/limited/modified duty restrictions.  If you’re on light duty restrictions, and your employer has terminated you, you can apply for unemployment.  However if you’re already getting workers’ compensation benefits, it will not benefit you.  You will not get both unemployment and workers’ compensation and receive more money than if you were just getting workers’ compensation.  Workers’ compensation will get credit for any other benefits/income you’re receiving.  So, if you’re getting unemployment and then you get workers’ compensation, workers’ compensation will get a credit for all unemployment benefits you receive.  Therefore, you’re not able to really collect on both at the same time and have any additional benefits.  So, if you can get your workers’ compensation income benefits started, there really is no need to apply for unemployment.  If you cannot get your workers’ compensation income benefits started and you are on light duty, so you’re ready, willing and able to do some form of employment, then you can apply for unemployment benefits if you’re being denied wrongfully your workers’ comp benefits until you’re able to obtain your workers’ compensation benefits.  This can get confusing quick.  So, we always recommend that you speak to a Savannah/Macon/Augusta/Atlanta, Georgia workers’ compensation attorney and ask them about what rights you have based upon your specific details.  We hope that you found this information helpful and we hope that you’ll come check out our other videos and give us a call at the number below if you have any specific questions about your Georgia workers’ compensation claim.  Thank you.

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