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Common Workers Compensation Benefits

Practice Areas : Common Workers Compensation Benefits

Helping injured Georgia citizens get the medical
and income benefits they need for over 18 years.

If you incur a work-related injury that qualifies for workers compensation, there are certain basic benefits to which you may be entitled. These include Medical benefits, Temporary Total Disability benefits, Temporary Partial Disability benefits, and/or Permanent Partial Disability benefits.
 
Medical benefits cover the costs of the physician(s) authorized to treat your injury. Medical benefits also cover prescriptions and your mileage to and from your doctor visits. If you are billed for any portion of your doctor or hospital expenses, please notify us immediately.

Temporary Total Disability (TTD) benefits may be awarded if you are unable to work because of your injury. If you qualify for TTD benefits, you may receive a weekly check equal to 2/3 of your average weekly income. Average weekly income is calculated from the amount you earned over the 13 weeks prior to your injury. Depending on your case, you could receive this payment for up to 400 weeks from the date of your injury.

Temporary Partial Disability (TPD) benefits may apply if your ability to work is restricted because of your injury and you have to work a light-duty or limited-duty job, and as a result have a reduction in income. In this scenario, you may be entitled to a weekly benefit equal to 2/3 of the difference between your average weekly wage before the injury and the weekly wage you earn from performing the lighter duty assignment. You may be eligible to receive this payment for up to 350 weeks from the date of your injury.

Permanent Partial Disability (PPD) benefits are paid only if a work-related injury results in some permanent loss. In this case, you may receive an “impairment rating” or a percentage of disability from your treating physician in accordance with American Medical Association guidelines. If you receive such a rating and have returned to work on regular duty, or your TTD or TPD have run out, you may be entitled to receive PPD benefits. However, the number of weeks you can receive benefits depends on the percentage of impairment and the body part affected.

It is important to understand that the amount and duration of your workers compensation benefits will largely depend on your specific situation. Also, workers compensation benefits can become rather complicated, so we encourage you to contact our office if you encounter any difficulties or have any questions about the claims process.

Victor Alexander, Jr. P.C. Georgia Worker's Compensation Attorney
6065 Lake Forrest Drive, Suite 200B, Atlanta, Georgia 30328