If you’ve been injured on the job, knowing how much you can expect in workers’ compensation benefits can help alleviate some of your financial stress.
Temporary Total Disability Benefits
If you are disabled from working following your accident, Georgia law provides that you are to be paid two-thirds of your average weekly wage up to a statutory maximum in TTD benefits. If your accident occurred on or after July 1, 2022, that maximum is $725 per week. For accidents prior to that date, please see this chart for the maximum TTD benefit rate that you can receive.
- Mark earns $15 per hour. Working 40 hours per week, his earnings before the accident were $600 per week. His workers’ compensation benefit would be $400.
- Jane earns $20 per hour or $800 per week. Her workers’ compensation benefits would be $533.33 per week.
- Bill earns $30 per hour or $1,200 per 40-hour work week. Two-thirds of his average weekly wage would be $800, but he would be limited to the maximum payout of $725 per week.
Injured workers can collect temporary total disability benefits for up to 400 weeks. However, a worker with a claim that qualifies as a catastrophic injury may be eligible to receive lifetime benefits. Examples of catastrophic injuries include paralysis, severe brain injury, amputation, and blindness.