Workers’ Compensation may provide you with medical benefits, rehabilitation support, and supplemental income if you suffer an injury or fall ill as a result of a compensable, work-related accident. These benefits are provided to help you return to work. In the case of your death, your dependents may also be eligible to claim benefits.
What You Should Know:
- When you're in an accident while on the job, report your injury immediately to your supervisor. If you wait more than a month to report the injury, you may lose the opportunity to receive benefits.
- To file a claim, you'll need to complete Form WC-14, file it with the State Board of Workers' Compensation, and send a copy to your employer and their workers' compensation insurance carrier.
- If you're away from work for more than seven days because of your injury, you're eligible to receive either two-thirds of your weekly earnings or a maximum of $500 as a weekly income benefit. Depending on the nature of your injury, you may qualify to accept this benefit for up to 400 weeks.
How do I contact the State Board of Workers' Compensation?
Call 404-656-3818 inside the metro Atlanta area or 1-800-533-0682 outside the metro Atlanta area, or write to the Board at 270 Peachtree St., NW, Atlanta, GA 30303-1299.
Do I, as an employer, need to carry workers' compensation insurance coverage, and if so, how do I get it?
Any business with three or more workers, including regular part-time workers, must carry workers' compensation insurance. Review these requirements, and learn how to contact an insurance agent to assist you. If your business is required to carry the insurance and fails to do so, you'll be considered guilty of a misdemeanor.
Source: State Board of Workers' Compensation. This information was prepared as a public service of the State of Georgia to provide general information, not to advise on any specific legal problem. It is not, and cannot be construed to be, legal advice. If you have questions regarding any matter contained on this page, please speak with the agency that is the source of the information.