Georgia Worker’s Comp Laws and Catastrophic Injury (Part A)

Suffering a catastrophic work-related injury can throw your whole life plan into disarray. You can work closely with a GA work comp lawyer and your health care providers to navigate Georgia Worker's Comp laws so that you can attain the care, support and financial compensation you need after your accident.

More than 35,000 worker's comp claims are recorded each year in Georgia by the State Board of Worker's Compensation. Sadly, many people have suffered injuries so debilitating that they are unable to continue employment in the workforce.

Defining Catastrophic Injury

In order for your injuries to be considered "catastrophic injuries," the state of Georgia has defined the term within the Georgia Worker's Comp laws.

6 types of injuries that may be considered catastrophic include:
 

  • paralysis of a limb or of the body's trunk resulting from a spinal cord injury; 
  • a limb, foot or hand amputation that makes it impossible to use that appendage; 
  • severe traumatic brain injury; 
  • significant second- or third-degree burns covering more than 25% of the body, or third-degree burns that cover more than 5% of the face and/or hands; 
  • blindness; and 
  • any other injury that prevents a worker from being able to continue work that he or she is qualified for. 

Receiving a Catastrophic Injury Designation

Getting legally labeled as having a catastrophic injury isn't a simple process. It can take a good deal of time and many doctors' visits in order to confirm your status of having a catastrophic injury.

2 basic ways to receive this designation are:
 

  • an agreement between your lawyer and the employer's lawyer; or
  • by the State Board judge after hearing your case. 

As you're going through your medical and legal ordeal, it's vital to contact a GA work comp lawyer to help build your case and fight for compensation and support you're entitled to.

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