According to Georgia Workers' Comp laws, any business with more than 3 employees is required to carry Workers' Compensation insurance. This insurance is designed to protect workers who are seriously injured in a workplace accident.
Exempt from Georgia's Workers' Compensation insurance requirements are only:
- U.S. government agencies;
- railroad carriers;
- domestic servants; and
- farm laborers.
Employees covered by the law cannot exempt themselves from coverage.
The State Board of Workers' Compensation Enforcement Division is responsible for ensuring that employers' insurance is up to date. This division maintains a record of insurance coverage. This record is used to determine the appropriate insurer to contact in the event of an on-the-job accident.
You can conduct your own search on the State Board of Workers' Compensation website in order to see if your employer has up-to-date insurance coverage. If your employer lacks the necessary coverage, you can contact the Enforcement Division to make a report.
Any company that is found not complying with the insurance coverage requirements may be subject to $5,000 in fines for each violation as well as one year in prison.
Workers' Compensation laws in Georgia are extremely complex. If you have recently suffered an Atlanta work injury, a qualified lawyer may be able to help you with your claim.
Contacting an Atlanta Work Injury Lawyer
Working with an Atlanta work injury lawyer can improve your chances of a successful claim. If you are the victim of someone else's negligence or carelessness, whether in a traffic accident or work accident, you have certain rights guaranteed by law. To help you understand these rights and seek the compensation you may be eligible for to help get your life back in order, contact the Atlanta Law Offices of Sheryl L. Burke for a no-cost consultation on your injury case - 404-842-7838.