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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.

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.

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.

Can I choose my own doctor for a work injury?

Injured workers in Georgia are entitled to free medical care under our state's workers' compensation program. Employers are required to provide employees with a choice of at least six doctors who have agreed to provide care under workers' compensation.

A denied workers' compensation claim is not the end of the road

Most Georgia workers are covered by the workers' compensation insurance fund. Unfortunately, many workers continue to have financial difficulties after suffering workplace injuries because their workers' compensation benefit claims have been denied. This naturally brings about the additional stress of lost wages and unpaid medical bills along with the inability to maintain rent or mortgage payments, car installments and day-to-day expenses.

What medical and wage coverage does workers' compensation offer?

Georgia workers who have suffered workplace injuries may be concerned about the level of medical and income coverage they may be entitled to receive. They may find comfort in knowing that all medical expenses, including prescription payments and traveling expenses, are typically paid by their employer’s workers' compensation insurance carrier. Workers’ compensation regulations state that a worker may not be billed by medical providers and that they should not be responsible for any amounts due.

Workers' Compensation compliance checks underway in Georgia

Recent winter storms have wreaked havoc on many parts of Georgia. The combination of snow and ice has brought some cities to a complete standstill. As crews work tirelessly across the state to restore power and clean up in the aftermath of these storms, state agencies are busy trying to ensure companies are operating in compliance with the current workers' compensation laws.

Investigation launched as 2 employees hurt on the job

While the following story did not occur here in Georgia, the circumstances of the story make it relevant to many American workers regardless of their location. Two workers were injured at a distribution center because of a workplace accident recently. One of the victimized employees was injured badly enough that an airlift was required to get the employee to a hospital. The conditions of the two employees are unknown, though the distribution center said that no deaths were involved in the workplace accident.

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