Important Georgia Workers’ Compensation Terms Defined

To the uninitiated, workers’ compensation proceedings feel a bit like conversing in a foreign language. Struggling to make sense of the many confusing terms involved in your claim? A few essentials are outlined below:

  • Occupational Injury refers to any damaging condition that arose due to typical duties on the job, or as the result of a workplace accident.
  • Catastrophic Injuries render employees unable to perform previous duties that did not cause them suffering prior to a workplace accident. Examples include leg, arm, foot, or hand amputation; total blindness; traumatic brain injury; second or third-degree burns covering a significant portion of the body; or severe paralysis.
  • A Change in Condition indicates that the workers’ compensation beneficiary’s wage-earning capacity has changed, often because a previous injury has become more or less severe since the employee’s status was last established.
  • The Statute of Limitations defines when claims must be filed in order for employees to retain eligibility for benefits. In Georgia, the statute of limitation for workers’ compensation cases is one year after the date of injury, or after the responsible employer has covered the final medical treatment. Employees who fail to abide by this timeline risk forfeiting their right to remuneration.
  • A Controvert notice lets the State Board know that a claim for indemnity has been denied. To avoid penalties, this must be filed 21 days after the employer learns of the injury.
  • Subrogation allows employers to collect expenses from third parties responsible for workers’ injuries.

The more you understand basic terminology, the more capable you’ll be of meeting essential deadlines and remaining compliant with workers’ compensation law.

Let Smith, Wallis and Scott, LLP ease your workers’ compensation confusion — reach out today to schedule a consultation.

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