There are many states in which it is illegal to fire an employee after he or she has been injured while on the job. This is not true in the state of Georgia. In Georgia, employees who miss a lot of work as a result of being injured on the job could be subject to termination. Workers' compensation insurance providers in the state are very stringent on this matter and will often require employers to terminate employees who receive workers' compensation benefits and are unable to return to work, or sometimes even if they are able to return to work.
As an employee you do have rights. An injury you sustain during the performance of your job usually makes you eligible to file a claim and receive compensation for your injuries. An injured worker also has the right to recover loss of income resulting from an inability to perform his or her duties. Expenses such as hospital or doctor bills, physical therapy, medications and other treatments designed to help you recover from your injuries and return to work, are all eligible to be paid under Georgia workers' compensation law. It is important that you take measures to help guarantee you not only receive the compensation you are rightfully owed, but that you are treated fairly during the process, and that you receive fair compensation if and when the case settles.
If you or a loved one has been injured on the job, and/or you suspect your employer may attempt to terminate you due to your injury, waste no time in contacting our firm and scheduling a meeting with an Atlanta workers' compensation attorney. With an in-depth understanding of workers' compensation law and employee rights, and with more than 24 years in practice, our firm has the knowledge to advocate for your rights.