The baseline purpose of workers’ compensation insurance is to cover the expenses that employees incur in the event of an on-the-job injury. Many people believe workers’ compensation benefits are limited strictly to medical costs, but this is not the case in the state of Georgia. With a successful workers’ compensation claim, you could receive additional benefits to pay for other, non-medical expenses.
To recover from a work-related injury, you will likely need to go on multiple doctors’ office visits for treatment and examination. The cost of traveling to and from medical appointments is a separate expense in itself. Workers’ compensation could cover the cost of gas, rideshare services, or public transportation, or the insurance provider could appoint a transportation method if you do not have access to other forms of travel.
Benefits for Lost Wages
A work injury will render you unable to complete your job duties to the best of your ability. Georgia workers’ compensation benefits can cover the amount of wages you lost while unable to return to work, either temporarily or permanently. If you are still able to work, but not able to fulfill the same role you had pre-injury, workers’ compensation benefits could pay for the difference between wages.
Does Georgia Workers’ Compensation Provide Damages for Pain and Suffering?
A non-medical expense that Georgia workers’ compensation does not cover is the “cost” of pain and suffering. An on-the-job injury is a major emotional cost, but the state’s system does not account for damages that are not financial.
Get the Compensation You Deserve
Under Georgia’s workers’ compensation laws, you could be entitled to coverage of all of your injury-related expenses — not just medical bills. However, eligibility to receive those benefits will depend on your claim. Workers’ compensation claims must be completed thoroughly and accurately to be successful. At Whiteman, Hamilton & Conklin, LLC, we help injured workers get all of the benefits they deserve.Call (404) 800-4661 or send us a message to schedule a free initial consultation with our attorneys.