You will find below is a table showing the maximum weekly workers' compensation rates "TTD benefits" for the State of Georgia for the period of July 1, 1992 to the present.
Weekly workers' compensation rates are determined by averaging the gross or total wages of an employee for a 13-week period prior to the week of the accident. That number is then divided by 13 which becomes the average weekly wage or "AWW". Further computation requires the taking of two-thirds of the average weekly wage which becomes the temporary total disability rate if it is not over the maximum rate allowed under Georgia law. For example if you make $75,000.00 a year the average weekly wage would be $1,442.30 per week. Two-thirds of that figure would be $962.01 per week. However under Georgia workers' compensation the maximum weekly benefit you can receive is only $550.00 a week. If you have a family of four, and you were making so much more while you were actively working such as a $75,000.00 a year salary, the Workers' Compensation Act in Georgia does not make much sense. Many people have mortgages and car payments that would interfere with the ability to survive on $550.00 a week.
Needless to say the Georgia Workers' Compensation Act can be somewhat harsh on individuals who are accustom to the higher pay rate.
Please note the following:
- From July 1, 2015 to the present $550.00 a week TTD and $367.00 a week in TPD
- From July 1, 2013 to June 30, 2015 $525.00 a week TTD and $350.00 a week in TPD
- From July 1, 2007 to June 30, 2013 $500.00 a week TTD and $334.00 a week in TPD
- From July 1, 2005 to June 30, 2007 $450.00 a week TTD and $300.00 a week in TPD
- From July 1, 2003 to June 30, 2005 $425.00 a week TTD and $284.00 a week in TPD
- From July 1, 2001 to June 30, 2003 $400.00 a week TTD and $268.00 a week in TPD
- From July 1, 2000 to June 30, 2001 $375.00 a week TTD and $250.00 a week in TPD
- From July 1, 1997 to June 30, 1999 $325.00 a week TTD and $216.67 a week in TPD
- From July 1, 1996 to June 30, 1997 $300.00 a week TTD and $192.50 a week in TPD
- From July 1, 1994 to June 30, 1996 $275.00 a week TTD and $192.50 a week in TPD
- From July 1, 1992 to June 30, 1994 $250.00 a week TTD and $175.00 a week in TPD
Please note there is no cost of living increase in workers' compensation benefits. For example, if you hurt yourself in 1997 and had a very, very serious injury which allowed you to continue on weekly workers' compensation benefits you would always get $325.00 per week and the amount would never go up with a cost of living increase.
The State of Georgia has one of the lowest weekly temporary total disability (TTD) rates in the country. I suggest that if you are really interested in workers' compensation benefits and your future if you get injured, you should lobby with your state representative, senator or other and get him or her to address this issue that can be quite crippling if you become injured on the job.