In 2013, the Georgia Legislature revised the Georgia Workers’ Compensation
Act in various ways, which the Legislature typically does each year. One
major revision the Legislature made in 2013, however, was to create a
cap on medical benefits for all non-catastrophic injuries that occur on
or after July 1, 2013. This is a significant change, and has a greater
impact on injured workers than do most changes the Legislature makes in
any given year.
Under the newly revised O.C.G.A. § 34-9-200(a)(2), there will be a
400 week cap on medical benefits for all non-catastrophic injuries. For
on the job injuries which occurred before July 1, 2013, the old law will
still apply, such that the injured employee will still be entitled to
receive lifetime medical benefits as long as he or she can demonstrate
that his or her medical condition is associated with the work injury.
Most Workers’ Compensation claims resolve much earlier than 400 weeks
after the date of injury, the point at which medical is now capped for
newer injuries. However, in cases where the injured worker is hurt seriously
enough to need long term medical care, but not so severely that the case
will be considered a catastrophic injury claim, this legislative change
will clearly impact both the long term amount of medical care that an
injured employee can receive, as well as the settlement value of his or
her Workers’ Compensation claim.
To discuss your claim with an Atlanta workers’ compensation attorney contact
Douglas F. Kaleita, P.C. We offer free case evaluations and there is no fee unless we win your case.