Workers’ Compensation is an accident insurance program paid for by your employer. If you are injured on the job, it may provide you with medical, rehabilitation, or income benefits. It can also provide benefits to dependents if someone dies as the result of a job-related injury.
Georgia law requires all businesses with three or more workers, including regular part-time workers, to have Workers’ Compensation. Some categories of workers, however, are specifically exempted from the Workers’ Compensation law. These include:
• Federal government employees
• Railroad employees
• Farmers and farm hands
• Domestic servants
• Business partners
• Some corporate officers
• Independent contractors
Pursuing a workers’ compensation claim can be complicated and, at times, frustrating. It requires negotiating for adequate medical care as well as for payment of ongoing benefits and, when necessary, a settlement that adequately compensates you for long-term loss of income as well as physical and mental functional ability.
The lawyers at Smith, Wallis & Scott, LLP have more than 80 years of combined experience in looking out for the interests of people injured on their jobs and making sure they get all the benefits they are entitled to.