You do not have to be seriously injured or impaired to qualify for workers’ compensation benefits. While some on-the-job injuries prevent a worker from performing some or all of the duties associated with their job, others do not. According to the Georgia State Workers’ Compensation Board (SWB) Employee Guidebook, workers who have been cleared to return to work by their doctor are free to do so and may still qualify for the following benefits:
- Medical Benefits: Covered medical expenses may include doctor visits, medications, diagnostic tests and procedures relating to your work injury;
- Temporary Partial Disability Benefits: If your injury is temporary and requires that you take a lesser paying job, these benefits will pay two thirds of the difference between your pre and post-injury income; and
- Permanent Partial Disability Benefits: If you suffer a permanent disability but are still able to work, these benefits will compensate you based on a percentage determined by your doctor.
Your doctor may also issue you a light duty release to return to work, which provides restrictions and limitations on the types of work you may be able to perform. In order to remain eligible for workers’ compensation, always follow your doctor’s instructions in terms of returning to your job and other activities.