Work injuries can happen at any time, even if you have only been on the job for a few days. Fortunately, in the state of Georgia the length of time you have been employed does not impact your ability to receive workers’ compensation benefits for your injuries. According to the Georgia State Workers’ Compensation Board Employee Handbook, an injured worker is covered beginning the first day on the job, provided the following conditions are met:
- The employer has workers’ compensation coverage in place;
- Your injury was not the result of employee misconduct, such as fighting or horseplay on the job; and
- You were not under the influence of alcohol or drugs when the injury occurred.
You are eligible to receive workers’ compensation for medical expenses, time off work to recover from your injuries, and compensation for temporary or permanent disabilities the same as any other employee, even if your injury resulted from a lack of experience or training in performing the tasks you were assigned on the job. If your employer refuses to file a workers’ compensation claim on your behalf because you are a new employee or disputes the circumstances under which your injuries occurred, contact our Augusta workers’ compensation attorneys to discuss your available options.