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Georgia Workers’ Compensation Law Q&A

October 4, 2012

Frequently Asked Questions Regarding Georgia’s Workers’ Compensation Law

Q: What is Workers’ Compensation?
A: Workers' compensation is an accident insurance program paid by your employer which may provide you with medical, rehabilitation and income benefits if you are injured on the job.  These benefits are provided to help you return to work or if you are unable to return to work.  It also provides benefits to your dependents if you die as a result of a job related injury.

Q: How long do I have to work to be covered under Workers’ Compensation?
A: You are covered from the first day on your job.

Q: How do I know if the company I work for is covered by Workers’ Compensation?
A: The law requires any business with three or more workers, including regular part-time workers, to have workers' compensation insurance.  Coverage can be verified by going to http://www.sbwc.georgia.gov and click on “How Do I verify an employer’s workers’ compensation insurance coverage”.

These and other Q&A’s can be found at http://sbwc.georgia.gov/law, or by calling one of the attorneys at Silver & Archibald, LLP.