Summary of Georgia Workers’ Compensation Benefits

Workers’ compensation provides a vital financial safety net for those who have been hurt on the job. However, the way in which benefits are calculated is rather complex and can vary significantly from state to state.

Georgia determines compensation for lost wages based on how your injury is classified. Someone with a temporary total disability receives a higher maximum benefit for a longer period of time than someone with a temporary partial disability. Permanent partial disability benefits are more than you’d receive with a temporary partial disability, but less than you’d receive with a temporary total disability. The number of weeks you can receive benefits with a permanent partial disability depends upon your injured body part, ranging from 20 weeks for a toe to 300 weeks for a whole-body injury.

If you’ve lost a loved one due to a workplace accident, you may be able to receive death benefits for dependents under your care as well as a one-time payment for burial expenses.

Rechtman & Spevak is committed to advocating for the needs of Georgia residents seeking a fair workers’ compensation settlement. Please complete our online contact form or call 888-522-7798 to schedule a free, no-obligation consultation.
 

2015 - 2016 GEORGIA WORKERS’ COMPENSATION SUMMARY

Temporary Total Disability Benefits 7/1/1996- 6/30/1997 7/1/1997- 6/30/1999 7/1/1999- 6/30/2000 7/1/2000- 6/30/2001 7/1/2001- 6/30/2003 7/1/2003- 6/30/2005  7/1/2005- 6/30/2007 7/1/2007- 6/30/2013 7/1/2013- 6/30/2015 7/1/2015- 6/30/2016  7/1/2016- 6/30/2017
Max weekly benefit $300 $325 $350 $375 $400 $425 $450 $500 $525 $550 $575
Max weekly benefits 2 400 wks 1 400 wks 1 400 wks 1 400 wks 1 400 wks 1 400 wks 1  400 wks 1 400 wks 1 400 wks 1 400 wks 1  400 wks 1
 
Temporary Partial Disability Benefits 7/1/1996- 6/30/1997 7/1/1997- 6/30/1999 7/1/1999- 6/30/2000 7/1/2000- 6/30/2001 7/1/2001- 6/30/2003 7/1/2003- 6/30/2005  7/1/2005- 6/30/2007 7/1/2007- 6/30/2013 7/1/2013- 6/30/2015 7/1/2015- 6/30/2016  7/1/2016- 6/30/2017
Max weekly benefit $192.50 $216.67 $233.33 $250 $268 $284  $300 $334  $350  $367  $383
Max weekly benefits 2 350 wks ​350 wks ​350 wks ​350 wks ​350 wks ​350 wks ​350 wks ​350 wks ​350 wks ​350 wks ​350 wks
 
Medical Benefit Maximum Cap 3  7/1/1996- 6/30/1997 7/1/1997- 6/30/1999 7/1/1999- 6/30/2000 7/1/2000- 6/30/2001 7/1/2001- 6/30/2003 7/1/2003- 6/30/2005  7/1/2005- 6/30/2007 7/1/2007- 6/30/2013 7/1/2013- 6/30/2015 7/1/2015- 6/30/2016 
Non-catastrophic lifetime lifetime lifetime lifetime lifetime lifetime lifetime lifetime 400 weeks 400 weeks
Catastrophic lifetime lifetime lifetime lifetime lifetime lifetime lifetime lifetime lifetime lifetime
 
Permanent Partial Disability Benefits 7/1/1996- 6/30/1997 7/1/1997- 6/30/1999 7/1/1999- 6/30/2000 7/1/2000- 6/30/2001 7/1/2001- 6/30/2003 7/1/2003- 6/30/2005  7/1/2005- 6/30/2007 7/1/2007- 6/30/2013 7/1/2013- 6/30/2015 7/1/2015- 6/30/2016 
Max weekly benefit $300  $325 $350 $375 $400  $425 $450 $500  $525 $550
Scheduled injuries # of weeks (at 100%) ↓  ↓  ↓  ↓  ↓  ↓  ↓  ↓  ↓  ↓ 
 
Body Part Maximum weeks Body Part Maximum weeks

Arm

225 Ring Finger 30
Leg 225 Little Finger 25
Hand 160 Great Toe 30
Foot 135 Any other toe 20
Thumb 60 Loss of hearing: one / both ears 75 / 150
Index Finger 40 Loss of vision in one eye 150
Middle Finger 35 Body as a whole 300
 
Death Benefits to
Dependents 
7/1/1996- 6/30/1997 7/1/1997- 6/30/1999 7/1/1999- 6/30/2000 7/1/2000- 6/30/2001 7/1/2001- 6/30/2003 7/1/2003- 6/30/2005  7/1/2005- 6/30/2007 7/1/2007- 6/30/2013 7/1/2013- 6/30/2015 7/1/2015- 6/30/2016 
Max weekly benefit  $300 $325 $350 $375 $400 $425 $450 $500 $525 $550
Burial expense $5,000 $5,000 $7,500 $7,500 $7,500 $7,500 $7,500 $7,500 $7,500 $7,500

 

  1. For dates of accident prior to 7/1/1992, there is no cap on the number of benefit weeks. After 6/30/2004 the weekly cap applied except to cases designated as “Catastrophic” which receive lifetime benefits. Catastrophic (“(g)(6)”) claims with dates of accident after 7/1/2005 are subject to a new rebuttable presumption claim is no longer catastrophic upon eligibility for social security retirement benefits. There is another rebuttable presumption against catastrophic designation for first 130 weeks if there are work restrictions.
  2. Period runs from the date of injury not the date of entitlement and it is weeks and not benefits paid.
  3. Medical cap for non-catastrophic claims is 400 weeks for d/a 7/1/13 and after per O.C.G.A. §34-9-200(a)(2).

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