If you are working in Georgia and get injured while on the job, you may be covered by workers’ compensation. There are many types of work injuries that can occur including such things as back injuries due to lifting, slip and fall injuries, head trauma, equipment accidents and more. If you were hurt at work you might be eligible for workers’ compensation. Workers’ compensation will provide you with a portion of your wages and medical payments for injuries that require you to be off of work.
What is Your Employment Status in Georgia?
Whether you are eligible for workers’ compensation in Atlanta depends mostly on your employment status. There are a variety of employment status options including:
- Permanent, full-time
- Permanent, part-time
In Atlanta, companies that have more than three employees are typically required to carry workers’ compensation insurance coverage. In general, full-time and part-time workers are covered by workers’ compensation as are new employees who are still fulfilling their probationary period.
Temporary and migrant workers are typically excluded from coverage. This means that if you are a temporary employee or a migrant worker, you might not be able to file a workers’ compensation claim if you are injured while on the job.
Temporary Workers in Georgia
While workers’ compensation coverage is clearly defined for permanent employees, it is not always as obvious for temporary workers. Although temporary workers may be doing the same types of jobs as permanent employees, they are technically not part of the company’s payroll.
Temporary workers might be employed by agencies to cover peak periods of business. Therefore, the temp agency may be responsible for insurance coverage. It is important to note that the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) states that in the case of temporary workers, both the staffing company and the employer are to be jointly responsible for ensuring a safe work environment.
Whether a worker is covered by workers’ compensation through the host company or by the agency is something that might be worked out between the two when a contract is initially negotiated. As a worker, you may not be immediately aware of which party is responsible if an accident occurs.
Help from a Georgia Workers’ Compensation Attorney
As you can see, there are times when a workers’ compensation claim is not as easy to resolve as it might seem. If you were hurt while on the job, always report the injury to your immediate supervisor or through the company’s human resources department according to company guidelines.
If you are a temporary worker employed through an agency, it is best to report the injury to both companies. That way, regardless of which covers the claim, you will have made an initial report.
Workers’ compensation claims can be complicated. If you were hurt while on the job you can get the help you need from an experienced Atlanta workers’ compensation attorney. Contact The Bader Law Firm today to discuss the details of your claim.
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.