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.
If you are recovering from an injury at work, your doctor may approve and your employer offer a light-duty assignment. You may be wondering what this is and whether you have to take it.
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.
One of the many safety hazards workers in Georgia are exposed to is falling from heights. If an employer fails to obey the strict safety regulations prescribed by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, workers may suffer catastrophic injuries or even die in an on-the-job accident. In addition to providing proper safety training, workers should be supplied with the necessary fall protection equipment when working at elevated positions.
Construction workers in Georgia are likely aware of the dangers they are exposed to on a daily basis. They depend mainly on the company owners or other responsible parties to ensure safe workplace surroundings. Construction sites should be inspected before work commences, and all injury hazards should be addressed. A man who suffered severe workplace injuries in a construction accident in another state on April 30 has filed a lawsuit against two parties who he claims to be responsible for his injuries.
Construction workers in Georgia are undoubtedly aware of the potential dangers of their chosen profession. Their employers have a duty to ensure safe workplace surroundings and provide ongoing safety training to make sure that workers are aware of the life-threatening workplace injuries that may occur. Four construction workers in a neighboring state recently suffered electrical shocks that may affect the rest of their lives.
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.
Employers have a duty to ensure that their employees work in a safe environment. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration prescribes safety regulations that employers in Georgia and other states have to comply with. Because construction sites generally pose serious dangers to workers, it is crucial to provide the workers with training to improve their understanding of the need for safety precautions, as well as the proper execution of safety precautions. Only by compliance with these safety regulations can yet another on-the-job accident be prevented.
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.
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.