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Are knee injuries covered by workers’ compensation?

Many Georgia workers suffer from work-related knee injuries. These injuries may be covered by workers’ compensation.

Knees injuries can happen as the result of an accident that happens on the job or repetitive stress to the knee joint from work activities. As long as the injury is job-related and prevents you from working, you may be entitled to medical care and income benefits from workers’ compensation.

Who pays for a work-related car accident?

It may be possible to recover compensation from more than one source if you are injured in a work-related car accident.

Georgia workers’ compensation pays benefits for car accidents if you were driving as a part of your job, regardless of who was at fault. If the accident was caused by another driver, you would also have the right to make a personal injury claim against the other driver’s insurance company and file suit against the at-fault driver, if necessary.

Dealing with a work-related head injury

Experiencing a head injury at work can be frightening. The potential for a brain injury exists even if there is no outward sign of damage.

If the injury occurred on the job, you are covered by Georgia workers’ compensation. Now is a time when you should use those benefits to make sure you are all right. Workers’ compensation provides free medical care to treat work-related injuries. It also provides disability income if you are unable to work or can only work full time due to an injury that happens on the job.  

Dealing with a work-related repetitive stress injury

Many different types of workers suffer from repetitive stress injuries on the job. Unfortunately, not all workers get the medical treatment and benefits they need from workers' compensation.

Injuries such as muscle strain, carpal tunnel syndrome or tendinitis can be extremely painful and make it impossible to do your job. The following are just a few examples of the types of workers who can suffer from repetitive stress injuries:

What is a workers' compensation settlement?

A workers' compensation settlement is when an injured worker trades his or her right to continue receiving medical or wage loss benefits in exchange for a lump-sum payment. It is an important decision, and one the injured worker should not make lightly.

Here are some questions an injured worker should ask before accepting a workers' compensation settlement:

Can I get workers' compensation if I am an independent contractor?

Independent contractors often find their worker's compensation claims denied on the basis that they are not employees. However, just because your employer has classified you as an independent contractor does not mean you are not eligible for workers' compensation.

Some employers misclassify workers as independent contractors so they can reduce payroll costs. If your employer has misclassified you as an independent contractor when you should have been classified as an employee, you may be eligible for workers' compensation for an injury suffered on the job.

Are undocumented workers eligible for workers' compensation?

Undocumented workers in Georgia are entitled to benefits from workers' compensation if they are injured on the job. However, language, transportation and other difficulties can keep some workers from receiving the benefits they need and deserve.

Learn more about the rights of undocumented workers who suffer job-related injuries.

Can I sue my employer for a work injury?

Workers who are injured on the job often hear that they cannot sue their employers. While this is true in most cases, injured workers may have the right to sue in some cases.

Georgia workers who are injured on the job are entitled to income and medical care benefits from workers' compensation regardless of who was at fault. However, if someone else was at fault, workers' compensation may not be your sole source of recovery.

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