Are temporary employees eligible for workers' compensation benefits in Georgia?

temp or seasonal employee workers' compUsually. Workers' compensation is a no-fault insurance system that provides medical treatment and wage replacement benefits to workers who were injured on the job.

Georgia law requires most employers to carry workers' compensation insurance for their employees, and doesn't distinguish between traditionally-hired workers and those hired on a temporary or seasonal basis.

Contrary to popular belief, temporary and seasonal workers are often eligible for workers' compensation benefits.

However, where they should submit their claims depends on whether they were hired by a staffing agency or by the company directly.

Temporary workers assigned through a staffing agency are considered employees of the agency, rather than employees of the business where they work. As a result, they should report their injuries to their supervisor at the staffing agency to start a workers' compensation claim.

The claims process is slightly different for seasonal workers the company hires directly. When they're injured in an on-the-job accident, they can report claims to their supervisors to jump-start the process and receive prompt medical attention.

Other temporary and seasonal workers who may not qualify for workers' compensation benefits include independent contractors and migrant farm workers. However, because workers are often misclassified, it's important to speak with an experienced attorney if you think you might actually be eligible for benefits.

Hurt on the job? You might be eligible for compensation for reasonable and necessary medical treatment, including ambulance transportation, emergency care, hospitalizations, surgical procedures, medication, and more. Additionally, if you've missed work while recovering from your injuries, you may be able to collect compensation for lost wages.

Help for Your Georgia Workers' Comp Case

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