When Am I Entitled To Workers’ Compensation Income Benefits? 

Following a job accident, an injured worker may become entitled to weekly income benefits from workers’ compensation. The purpose of income benefits is to replace an injured worker’s wages when a job injury is disabling. Unfortunately, it sometimes takes a lawyer’s help to obtain the income benefits you deserve or to restart them after they have been stopped.

If your workers’ compensation benefits have been denied following a work accident, call Skibiel Law at 770-968-3445 or toll-free at 877-874-6650 for a free attorney consultation. We will answer your questions about income benefits without cost or obligation. With convenient office locations in Jonesboro and Atlanta, our attorneys serve clients in the Metro Atlanta area and throughout Georgia.

When Am I Entitled To Benefits?

An injured worker’s inability to work or disability is determined by their treating physician. The opinion of the treating physician regarding disability can start or stop payment of weekly workers’ compensation income benefits. Missing work without an excuse from the treating physician will not normally result in the payment of weekly income benefits.

Georgia workers’ compensation income benefits are generally paid in these two disability situations:

  • An excuse from the treating physician recommending no work
  • An excuse from the treating physician recommending light duty work and the employer is unable to accommodate light-duty restrictions

Once disability is determined, it is the length of disability that will determine if and when payment is made. Workers’ compensation law does not require payment of income benefits for the first seven days of disability, unless the injured worker is disabled for three weeks. Workers’ compensation law does not require the first payment for disability to be made until 20 days after the first date of disability.

For Legal Advice About Your Case

If you believe you are entitled to workers’ comp income benefits, then call attorney Mark A. Skibiel at 770-968-3445 or toll-free at 877-874-6650 to schedule a free consultation. Hablamos español.

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-Royce – Fayetteville, Georgia – Work Injury

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– Derry – Riverdale, Georgia – Work Injury

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– Ronald – Stockbridge, Georgia – Work Injury

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