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Can Uber and Lyft drivers receive workers’ compensation benefits?

Just in the last few years, ridesharing programs such as Uber and Lyft have grown in popularity, providing people with more flexible job options and an opportunity for additional income. Unfortunately, state laws that are supposed to offer protections to potential employees have not necessarily kept pace with the popularity of these types of programs. In the end, this growing gap is leaving a lot of unanswered questions, particularly for rideshare drivers.   

One major question being asked among drivers is whether they can receive workers’ compensation benefits if they suffer injuries in a car accident during the course of work. While it may seem simple enough, the answer to this question can be quite complicated due to how programs like Uber and Lyft classify their drivers.

Are fall injuries covered by workers' compensation?

Falls are one of the leading causes of workplace injuries. The injuries can be very serious, whether the worker has fallen from a scaffolding or simply slipped or tripped on something left on a floor.

Injuries suffered from falls are typically covered by Georgia workers' compensation as long as the accident occurred because of your work or the conditions of your employment. Regardless of who was at fault, you may be entitled to medical care and income benefits from workers' compensation.

Is there a limit to how long I can receive workers' comp?

A serious accident at work may cause you to miss work for a long time. In the worst case, you may be unable to return to your old job--or any other job. So how will you support your family?

Georgia workers' compensation is designed to cover medical bills and provide a weekly income benefit if your treating doctor has determined you're unable to work due to your injury. Your income benefit is generally two-thirds of your average earnings for the 13 weeks before your accident, up to a maximum of $575. 

Dealing with a hand injury at work

A hand injury can result in the need for extensive medical care and lost time from work. If the injury was work-related, it is compensable by Georgia workers’ compensation.

Unfortunately, many workers have difficulty obtaining all of the benefits they are owed. It often takes the help of an experienced attorney to make a full recovery.

Preventing Lifting Injuries at Work

Back injuries are some of the most commonplace injuries that occur on-the-job in Georgia. Often, these injuries are the result of accidents that are difficult to avoid. However, there are steps you can take to minimize back injuries — most notably lifting injuries.

Here are some tips for preventing back-related lifting injuries while on the job:

5 mistakes to avoid following a work injury

Georgia workers’ compensation provides free medical care for workers who are injured on the job. It also provides money to replace lost wages and to compensate workers for permanent injuries. These benefits exist to help injured workers get back on their feet after a workplace accident.

Unfortunately, many legitimate workers’ compensation claims are denied due to avoidable mistakes. The loss of benefits can be financially devastating for the worker and his or her family.

Back injuries a professional hazard for nursing assistants

While health care workers spend their time taking care of those who are sick or injured, many end up as patients themselves as the result of injuries on the job.

According to the Department of Labor's Bureau of Labor Statistics, nursing assistants and orderlies  suffer more than 35,000 back and other musculoskeletal injuries each year that are serious enough for them to miss work. Nursing assistants and orderlies suffer a higher rate of back injuries than any other profession: more than warehouse workers, construction workers and truckers.

When a construction worker is injured by a safety violation

When a safety violation causes an injury on a construction site, the injured may have options beyond workers’ compensation.

Negligence can take a heavy toll on construction workers. Georgia workers’ compensation pays wage loss and medical care benefits for people injured on the job, regardless of who was at fault. If someone other than the worker, a fellow worker or employer was at fault, workers’ compensation may not be the sole source of recovery for the injured worker. These are known as third-party cases.

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.

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