According the Georgia Court of Appeals, the Worker's Compensation Act does not prohibit spouses or other family members from providing attendant home assistance or from recovering compensation for that care.
One of the things you'll need in order for your spouse to receive compensation is a letter from your physician noting the necessity of attendant care.
This home care that your Atlanta Workers' Compensation lawyer can help you track for your claim might include:
- bathing and grooming;
- meal preparation;
- driving; and
It's important to note, however, that even though your spouse may be legally eligible to receive compensation for the aide they provide you with, that doesn't necessarily mean that your employer or insurance company will just willingly offer this payment.
Also, you should be aware that the amount that your spouse will receive is generally capped by the State Board's fee schedule which designates hourly rates for non-medical attendants. Your Georgia Workers' Comp attorney can explain in detail how this payment system is set up.
It's likely that you'll have to speak to an Atlanta Workers' Compensation lawyer about how to follow the State Board's rules and regulations and how to request the reimbursement for care that your spouse is entitled to.
Contacting a Georgia Worker's Comp Attorney
If you are the victim of someone else's negligence or carelessness, such as in a workplace accident in Atlanta, 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: 1-404-842-7838.