When are Workers’ Compensation Income Benefits Paid?

Generally, Employees are not entitled to workers’ compensation income benefits for the first seven (7) calendar days during the period of disability. However, if the employee is disabled for more than twenty-one (21) consecutive days after the injury, then the first seven (7) days will be paid. The Employer has 21 days to either deny or accept the case under the workers’ compensation scheme after it has notice of the injury. If the Employer fails to pay the income benefits in a timely matter, it will be subject to penalties for the late payment as outlined in the statute. Generally, a late payment penalty is 15%. However, it may be 20% if the payment is late after a court order. For more information on workers’ compensation income benefits, please contact...

What is Georgia workers’ compensation?

Workers’ compensation is a system created by the Georgia government to provide workers “immediate” income supplements and medical benefits as a result of an accident that occurred on the job. Many times people refer to the system as “workmen’s compensation”. However, given the fact that women make up a great portion of the work force, the term evolved to workers’ compensation. Generally, the injuries need only be a result of claimant’s work duties. It is essentially a “no fault” system for the worker. However, workers’ compensation will be denied if the injured employee intentionally caused the accident or the injury was a result of the claimant’s intoxication (whether through alcohol or illicit substance). If the injury happened in the course of employment, then the injured worker may be entitled to medical benefits, including prescription drugs, mileage reimbursement, and other routine items related to the needed care. If the employee is not able to work, then he or she may be entitled to supplemental income benefits as determined by Georgia law. Generally, the income benefits will be a portion of the injured employee’s average weekly wage up to cap set by law. The injured worker would be entitled to receive this benefit until he can return to work or until she reaches the maximum benefit as allowed by the Georgia workers’ compensation statute. Additionally, the claimant may be entitled to other benefits for the permanent impairment of the worker. This impairment is determined by the doctors by a “percentage rating” which is translated into a monetary value set by the Georgia law. Most times, the injured workers are not well...