1996-2017 GEORGIA WORKERS’ COMPENSATION SUMMARY OF BENEFITS

Workers’ compensation benefits in GeorgiaWorkers’ 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.

Under Georgia law, there are three types of income benefits that you can receive following a work injury:

  • Temporary Total Disability (TTD) benefits are intended to replace lost income if you’re unable to work at all because of your injury. These benefits pay two-thirds of your average weekly wage prior to your accident and are subject to a 400-week maximum.
  • Temporary Partial Disability (TPD) benefits are designed to replace lost income if you are under light duty restrictions and are working fewer hours or returned to work in a lower-paying position due to your injury. These benefits will pay you two-thirds of the difference between your previous wage and the amount you are earning working light duty. TPD benefits are payable up to 350 weeks following your accident.
  • Permanent Partial Disability (PPD) benefits are payable after you are no longer receiving TTD or TPD benefits, and have been assigned a permanent partial impairment rating by your treating physician. You will receive a number of weeks at the same rate as TTD benefits, which is determined by the percentage loss of use of the specific body part that was injured. 

Use the tables below to determine the maximum workers' compensation benefit rate based on your date of accident.


Temporary Total Disability Benefits (TTD)

  • Accident Date:
  • 7/1/96
  • 7/1/97
  • 7/1/99
  • 7/1/00
  • 7/1/01
  • 7/1/03
  • 7/1/05
  • 7/1/07
  • 7/1/13
  • 7/1/15
  • 7/1/16
  • Max Weekly Rate:
  • $300
  • $325
  • $350
  • $375
  • $400
  • $425
  • $450
  • $500
  • $525
  • $550
  • $575

For accidents on and after the Accident Dates above, a disabled worker is entitled 2/3 of their average weekly wage (AWW) up to the Max Weekly Rate listed.  For accidents prior to 7/1/92, there is no cap on the number of benefit weeks.  For accidents after that date, only cases designated as catastrophic are entitled to lifetime income benefits.  Non-catastrophic claims have TTD benefits capped at 400 weeks following the accident date.  Claims  previously deemed catastrophic under O.C.G.A. Section 34-9-201(g)(6) with accident dates after 7/1/05 are also subject to a rebuttable presumption that the claim is no longer catastrophic upon the injured worker’s eligibility for social security retirement benefits.


Temporary Partial Disability Benefits (TPD)

  • Accident Date:
  • 7/1/96
  • 7/1/97
  • 7/1/99
  • 7/1/00
  • 7/1/01
  • 7/1/03
  • 7/1/05
  • 7/1/07
  • 7/1/13
  • 7/1/15
  • 7/1/16
  • Max Weekly Rate:
  • $192.50
  • $216.67
  • $233.33
  • $250
  • $268
  • $284
  • $300
  • $334
  • $350
  • $367
  • $383

Temporary partial disability benefits are capped at 350 weeks following the injured worker’s accident.


Schedule of Benefits for Permament Partial Disability (PPD)

 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

Permanent partial disability benefits are paid at the same rate and have the same statutory maximum as TTD benefits. The number of benefit weeks to be paid is calculated by multiplying the percentage rating given by the treating physician by the maximum number of weeks for that body part in the Schedule of Benefits above. To figure out exactly how much money you will receive in permanent partial disability benefits, you can use our PPD calculator


Medical Benefits: For accident occurring prior to 7/1/13, all Georgia work injuries had no cap on medical benefits.  Beginning with accidents occurring on 7/1/13, non-catastrophic claims have been subject to a 400 cap on medical benefits.  Catastrophic claims are still entitled to lifetime medical benefits. 

Rechtman & Spevak is committed to advocating for the needs of Georgia residents who have been injured on-the-job. If you have any questions about the benefits that you are entitled to, please complete our online contact form or call 888-522-7798 to schedule a free, no-obligation consultation.