Workers compensation provides much needed benefits after a job-related accident or illness. However, navigating the complex legal requirements can be difficult and time-consuming.
On July 1, 2013, Georgia implemented amendments to its workers compensation laws, which alter how certain benefits are paid. The changes offer both good and bad news for injured workers.
The good news for injured workers
Under the new legislation, workers will see Temporary Total Disability (TTD) and Temporary Partial Disability (TPD) weekly benefits increase. TTD benefits, which provide payment for lost wages when your injury prevents you from working at all, will increase from $500 to $525 per week. TPD benefits, which provide payment of lost wages when you are able to work but your injury results in fewer hours or a lower paying job, will increase from $334 to $350 per week.
The bad news for injured workers
The law also places new limits on the amount of time workers can receive medical benefits for non-catastrophic injuries. While Georgia’s prior workers compensation law allowed benefits to continue as long as the workers “reasonably” needed them, the amendment imposes a cap of 400 weeks from the date of injury. Catastrophic injuries, such as paralysis, amputation, loss of sight or traumatic brain injury, would not be subject to the new restrictions.