Healthcare workers play a critical role in society, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic. They put their health on the line to provide medical care to patients. However, due to the nature of their work, healthcare workers are at risk of sustaining injuries or contracting illnesses while on the job. This is where workers’ compensation comes in.
Workers’ compensation is a system designed to provide benefits to employees who sustain injuries or illnesses while on the job. In Georgia, healthcare workers are entitled to workers’ compensation benefits if they are injured or become ill while working.
This blog post will provide an overview of workers’ compensation for healthcare workers in Georgia.
Coverage under Georgia’s Workers’ Compensation Law:
Georgia’s Workers’ Compensation Law covers all employees, including healthcare workers. This means that if a healthcare worker sustains an injury or illness while on the job, they are entitled to workers’ compensation benefits.
Types of Injuries Covered:
Healthcare workers are at risk of sustaining various injuries while on the job. Some of the injuries covered under Georgia’s Workers’ Compensation Law include:
- Musculoskeletal injuries: Healthcare workers are at risk of sustaining musculoskeletal injuries due to the physical demands of their job. This includes injuries to the back, neck, shoulders, and arms.
- Exposure to infectious diseases: Healthcare workers are at risk of exposure to infectious diseases, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic.
- Slip and fall injuries: Healthcare workers may slip and fall while on the job, resulting in injuries.
- Needlestick injuries: Healthcare workers are at risk of sustaining needlestick injuries while providing medical care to patients.
If a healthcare worker sustains an injury or becomes ill while on the job, they may be entitled to the following workers’ compensation benefits:
- Medical benefits: Workers’ compensation provides medical benefits to cover the cost of medical treatment for the injury or illness.
- Income benefits: Workers’ compensation provides income benefits to replace a portion of the injured worker’s lost wages.
- Vocational rehabilitation: If the healthcare worker is unable to return to their previous job due to their injury or illness, workers’ compensation provides vocational rehabilitation to help them obtain a new job.
Filing a Workers’ Compensation Claim:
If a healthcare worker sustains an injury or becomes ill while on the job, they should notify their employer as soon as possible. The employer is required to provide the injured worker with a workers’ compensation claim form within one day of receiving notice of the injury.
The injured worker should complete the claim form and return it to their employer. The employer will then forward the claim form to their workers’ compensation insurance carrier.
The workers’ compensation insurance carrier will investigate the claim and make a determination on whether to accept or deny the claim. If the claim is accepted, the injured worker will begin receiving workers’ compensation benefits.
It’s important for healthcare workers to understand their rights under Georgia’s Workers’ Compensation Law and to take action if they are injured or become ill while on the job.
Additionally, healthcare employers should take steps to ensure that their employees are safe while on the job. This includes providing proper training on safety protocols and equipment, as well as implementing measures to prevent the spread of infectious diseases.
As a law firm that specializes in personal injury cases, including workers’ compensation claims, we can provide assistance to healthcare workers who have been injured on the job in Georgia. At Nimmons Malchow Johnson Injury Lawyers, we have experience in handling workers’ compensation claims for healthcare workers and can provide guidance on the complex workers’ compensation system in Georgia.
Our lawyers can assist with filing workers’ compensation claims, gathering evidence to support the claim, and negotiating with the workers’ compensation insurance carrier to ensure that the injured worker receives the maximum benefits available. We understand the challenges that healthcare workers face and can help them navigate the workers’ compensation system to protect their rights and interests.
If a healthcare worker’s claim is denied, we can help with appealing the denial and representing the injured worker in hearings and other legal proceedings. Our goal is to provide our clients with the support and guidance they need to get the compensation they deserve for their injuries.
In addition to our legal services, we can provide healthcare workers with guidance on their rights under Georgia’s Workers’ Compensation Law and help them understand the benefits that they are entitled to. We are dedicated to helping healthcare workers and will work tirelessly to ensure that they receive the compensation they deserve for their injuries.