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.

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