What are the Work-Related Injuries Under Georgia’s Workers Comp Law?

Getting injured at work is not something to look forward to. The pain and the hassle of getting medical care is not an inviting prospect. And then as is common with insurance companies, coming to learn later that certain injuries and illnesses are not covered.

As this prospect is daunting, you may start worrying about what can happen to you. Here are some pointers from one of the premier Atlanta work injury law firms, the best one to give you a breakdown of what is covered under the law.

So what’s covered?

What’s covered is a workplace injury. But according to the law, what is a workplace injury? These are injuries that occur while the employee is undertaking tasks that are part of their duties under the terms and course of employment.

These do not have to necessarily be at the physical premises of your employer. They could be at employee-sponsored events, or even while traveling from one place of work to the other if that employer has different premises or job sites.

Under the law, the following are covered:

  • Hearing loss, whether partial or total
  • Fractures (knee, back injury, etc)
  • Lung damage and respiratory diseases caused by toxic fumes and substances such as asbestos
  • Arthritis and herniated or slipped discs due to heavy lifting
  • Lacerations
  • Concussions

These are not the only types covered under the law but are some of the most common. If you believe your injury was brought on by work-related activities, get in touch with us, and we’ll help you determine a way forward.

Catastrophic injuries

These were added to the law in July 1992. These are described as injuries that cause someone to lose their ability to return to work, whether at the company elsewhere, and some can be regarded as permanent disabilities. 

These are:

  •  Spinal cord injuries and paralysis, whether total or partial
  • Amputation of the limbs or loss of the use of a limb.
  • Severe brain injuries evidenced by sensory and behavioral changes, communication changes, among others.
  • Total blindness
  • Other injuries that render one unable to do any other duties.

Georgia workers compensation will treat the injuries different and determine whether they are catastrophic or not. If catastrophic, what will be focused on is the ability to return to work.…

Prevention Of Child Injuries.

Methodological recommendations on the prevention of childhood injuries in the MDM Measures to prevent injuries among pupils in kindergarten (including outside of it) are conducted in two directions:

  1. Elimination of unfavorable conditions of the educational environment, in which the vital activity of the child.
  2. Directed upbringing in children and adults around them the ability to recognize traumatic situations in time and avoid them.

In work on the preventi  on of injuries in children should be guided by the following regulatory documents: the Federal Law “On Education”; Instructions for the protection of children’s life and health; The plan for the work of the MDOU on the prevention of injuries.

To prevent child injuries in the MDOU and outside the kindergarten, systematic, planned preventive work is required, involving all participants in the educational process (teachers, children, and their parents).

 Work with pedagogical staff, medical personnel, pupils and their parents on the prevention of injuries of children is carried out within the framework of the approved annual plan of measures.

 Much depends on the attitude of the teachers of the MDOU to this line of activity: in fact, at any time of the educational process the teacher must comply with the requirements for the protection of the life and health of children not only in the premises of the kindergarten but also during walks and activity of preschool children on the territory and outside the MDOU. The teacher should be able to reasonably organize the safe operation of children throughout the day, according to SanPiN’s requirements for the organization of the day’s schedule and training sessions.…

General Preventive Measures In The Mau:

Implementation of regulatory safety requirements for equipping the territory of a kindergarten, the state of playing and physical culture equipment. Twice a year, mandatory (and if necessary – more often) are inspected to ensure that they are in good order, with a compulsory compilation of verification certificates (before the summer health period, before the start of the school year). Also, educators and the administration of the kindergarten daily inspect the condition of furniture and equipment of groups and recreational areas, small architectural forms: they should be without sharp corners, protruding nails and bolts, dangerous roughnesses. All furniture in groups and equipment on the sites should be securely fixed, and the roller coaster, stairs must be stable and have strong steps, slats, rails, age-appropriate children and sanitary standards.

In spring, summer, and autumn, measures are taken to eliminate the standing waters after the rain before a walk; garbage collection; reduction of decorative trimming of shrubs; cutting down dry and low branches of trees and young trees.

In winter, cleaning activities are carried out before the walk from the icicles of the roof of the building, from snow tracks, playgrounds, steps of the porch. Spreading with sand is carried out if necessary.

Educators, to prevent injuries, are obliged to control and ensure children while sliding them from the hill, climbing, jumping from the heights, skiing in the winter, to check the outrigger material (blades, skis, ice caps, turntables).

All inventory and play equipment must meet the safety requirements and must be in good condition, allowing to balance the motor load by the season of the year, the age of the children.