Workers' Compensation Insurance in Georgia

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Workers' Compensation Insurance in Georgia

When an employee gets injured at work, workers’ comp provides financial compensation for medical treatment, disability, lost wages, and other related expenses. 

Workers’ compensation is required for most businesses in Georgia. Keep reading to learn more about the specific requirements in Georgia and how Hourly makes workers’ comp easier and more affordable.

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Is Workers’ Comp Required in Georgia?

All Georgia businesses with three or more employees are required to have workers’ compensation, according to the Georgia State Board of Workers’ Compensation.

That includes full-time employees, part-time employees, and corporate officers, though corporate officers can waive their workers’ compensation coverage if they choose. 

Workers’ comp is not required for:

  • Sole proprietors
  • Partners
  • Contractors
  • Railroad carriers
  • Farm workers
  • Domestic workers
  • U.S. government agencies

What Happens If You Don't Provide Workers' Comp?

Under Georgia workers’ compensation law, if you fail to provide workers’ comp coverage, you can be charged with a misdemeanor and face fines of $500 to $10,000 and/or up to 12 months of jail time.

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Workers' Compensation Benefits in Georgia

Georgia business owners must offer certain benefits as part of their workers’ comp insurance, including reimbursement for things like medical bills, physical therapy, lost wages, and disability due to on-the-job injury. Specifically, these include:

  • Hospital bills, doctor’s bills, and the cost of prescriptions and physical therapy
  • Two-thirds of the employee’s average weekly wage
  • Re-training if the employee is unable to return to their old job
  • Benefits for partial disability and total disability 
  • Death benefits paid to the employee’s dependents

What Injuries Does Workers’ Comp Cover in Georgia?

In Georgia, workers’ comp covers just about any work-related injury or illness, including:

  • Injuries sustained from a slip or fall (such as a sprain, fracture, or break)
  • Industrial or kitchen accidents (such as cuts, tears, or burns)
  • Conditions caused by repetitive movements (like carpal tunnel)
  • Injuries from overexertion
  • Allergic reactions that happen at work

Along with covering the cost of medical treatment for these injuries and illnesses, workers’ comp may also pay the employee for lost wages if they are forced to take time off work. Employees may also receive disability benefits for an accident that results in short or long-term disability.

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FAQs About Georgia Workers' Compensation Insurance

How does workmans’ comp work in Georgia?

Receiving workers’ comp benefits in Georgia is a time-sensitive process. Injured workers must report the incident within 30 days of the date of injury. The employer then files a form with the insurance carrier so the injured employee can receive compensation for medical care, lost wages, disability, and other qualifying expenses. 

How do I file a workers’ compensation claim in Georgia?

While most personal injury cases have a two-year limit to file a claim, Georgia workers’ comp claims must be filed within one year of the workplace injury. If you need to file a claim, you can visit the State Board of Workers’ Compensation website to download and fill out Form WC-14, or you can give them a call and have the form sent to you. If you’re based in Atlanta, dial (404) 656-3818; if outside of Atlanta, dial 1-800-533-0682. 

What does workers’ comp pay in Georgia?

If an employee is unable to work, they can receive a weekly check of up to two-thirds of their average weekly wage, up to $725 per week. If they can return to work but have to take a lower paying job due to a work injury or illness, they can receive a reduced benefit of up to $483 per week, for a maximum of 350 weeks.

What is the going and coming rule for workers’ comp in Georgia?

The going and coming rule states that employees who drive to and from work will not receive workers’ compensation for any accidents that occur during their commute. While driving to and from work may put employees at risk, employers cannot be held responsible for any injuries sustained on the road. Thus, employees who get into car or vehicle accidents won’t receive compensation for related medical expenses, disability, and lost wages.

How long does it take to get workers’ comp in Georgia?

An employee who is unable to work for more than 7 days is entitled to weekly income benefits and will receive their first check within 21 days of their first missed day. Workers may continue to receive benefits for up to 400 weeks unless they have a catastrophic injury, which can qualify them for lifelong benefits.

What are the workers’ comp death benefits in Georgia?

If a work-related injury results in death, the workers’ dependents (children, spouse, and dependent stepchildren) may be entitled to death benefits of up to $725 per week. A surviving spouse without children may receive up to $290,000.

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