A work injury can cause you pain, both physically and financially. After an on-the-job injury, you may receive benefits that include partial pay and medical treatment. While you are recovering you may continue to get two-thirds of your regular weekly pay. You may also receive regular medical treatment and you may be under the care of a physician. Your physician will evaluate your condition and determine when you will be well enough to resume your regular work activities.
Workers’ Compensation Categories of Disabilities
It is helpful to understand the general categories that are used to describe workers’ compensation injuries and disabilities:
- Temporary Total Disability. A temporary total disability is an injury that prevents you from working at all for a period of time. You are expected to recover and return to work in your full capacity once your period of healing is complete.
- Temporary Partial Disability. A temporary partial disability means that your injury prevents you from doing some, but not all, of your previous work responsibilities. This is a temporary condition and your doctor expects you to fully recover from the injury.
- Permanent Total Disability. A permanent total disability is a serious injury from which you are not expected to fully recover. You are not expected to be able to return to your original job and you are considered disabled.
- Permanent Partial Disability. This is an injury that is considered permanent but you are not completely disabled. This means that you are not completely impaired and may be able to work in some capacity.
Your doctor will evaluate your injury and determine which category best describes your disability. While most people will recover from their injuries at some point, there are some people who will not recover and will not be able to return to work. A Georgia workers’ compensation attorney will help with a complex situation such as this.
What Happens If I Can’t Perform My Old Job?
If your doctor determines that you are not able to recover enough to perform the functions of your job, there are some options. If you have the ability to work but not in the capacity that you previously did, your employer may be able to offer you a job doing something else.
Sometimes you may be able to go through vocational rehabilitation to learn new skills that are commensurate with your abilities.
Call Our Atlanta Workers’ Compensation Lawyer
If you were injured at work, you need to make sure that you get the benefits and compensation that you deserve. If you are no longer able to perform your original job, there may be some alternatives. Contact our experienced Georgia workers’ compensation attorneys at Bader Scott Injury Lawyers for a free case evaluation.
Seth Bader is an Auto accident, Workers Compensation and Personal Injury Attorney who practices in Atlanta, Rome, Savannah, Norcross, Carrollton, Georgia. He graduated from Florida State University College of Law, and has been practicing law for 14 years. Seth Bader believes in fighting for the injured. Learn more about his experience by clicking here.