How do I know if I am eligible for Workers' Compensation in Georgia?

Georgia law is simple when it comes to Workers' Compensation eligibility. According to the State Board of Workers' Compensation, any employer with 3 or more full or part-time workers must purchase Georgia Workers' Compensation insurance. This is also commonly known as Workman's Comp.

If your employer fits this category and you are injured while at work, you are eligible to receive your Workman's Comp benefits, even if the accident that caused your injury was partially or totally your fault. However, if you were engaged in criminal behavior or "horseplay" at the time of the accident, you will be ineligible for benefits.

Workman's Comp benefits can include coverage for medical expenses, lost time at work, and even funeral and burial expenses, when a workplace injury results in death.

Unfortunately, Workers' Compensation cases are not always so cut and dry and you are never guaranteed to receive the full benefits to which you are entitled. It is not completely unheard of for an employer or their insurer to flat-out deny a Workman's Comp claim. In these instances, it is wise to recruit the help of a Georgia Workers' Compensation attorney who can work on your behalf to prove the legitimacy of your claim. This may include interviewing witnesses to the accident, requesting a change in medical providers or compiling medical evidence that proves your injuries were not pre-existing.

In short, while you are typically covered under Workers' Compensation for a worksite injury, you are by no means guaranteed the coverage. While an attorney cannot promise you a successful case-and any attorney who does is acting unethically-they can at least help you to navigate the very complicated waters of a Workman's Comp claim in Georgia.

Contacting a Georgia Workers' Compensation Attorney 

Injured workers typically have a right to benefits in a Workers' Compensation claim. 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.