Stephen R. Hasner
Managing Partner at Hasner Law PC
February 19, 2024

Suffering a catastrophic injury in the workplace can be a life-altering experience, but understanding the benefits you are entitled to under Georgia’s workers’ compensation system can be a huge relief. Having to face severe conditions like paralysis, amputation, traumatic brain injuries, or permanent disabilities without the possibility of the benefits is a daunting experience. Fortunately, workers’ comp benefits offer income benefits, covering two-thirds of your average weekly wage with no duration cap for catastrophic injuries. Additionally, lifetime medical benefits cover crucial treatments, while rehabilitation services aid in recovery and potential career transitions. 

To obtain your benefits, it’s essential to follow the specific legal process for getting an injury classified as catastrophic. Given the intricacies, consulting with experienced workers’ compensation attorneys, like those at Hasner Law, ensures accurate documentation and navigation through the system’s complexities, securing the full scope of benefits tailored to your unique situation. Contact Hasner Law today for expert guidance, ensuring your rights are protected and you receive the full scope of benefits to aid your recovery.

Workers’ Comp Benefits Available After a Catastrophic Injury 

Workplace injuries can be life-altering, especially when they reach a catastrophic level. The repercussions extend beyond physical pain, affecting your ability to work, to support your family, and to maintain your quality of life. In Georgia, workers’ compensation aims to support individuals facing catastrophic injuries sustained during employment. 

Possible benefits that may be available after suffering a catastrophic injury at work include:

Medical Benefits

When a catastrophic injury strikes, immediate and ongoing medical care is paramount. Workers’ compensation covers the cost of medical treatments related to the injury, encompassing hospital stays, surgeries, rehabilitation, medications, and any other necessary medical services. This ensures that individuals receive the necessary care to maximize their chances of recovery and regain a semblance of normalcy in their lives.

Income Benefits

Catastrophic injuries often result in a significant disruption to one’s ability to work. Workers’ compensation provides income benefits to help individuals bridge the financial gap during their recovery. The two primary types of income benefits are Temporary Total Disability (TTD) and Temporary Partial Disability (TPD). TTD benefits are applicable when the injured party is completely unable to work during their recovery. TPD benefits come into play when the injured individual can work but is earning less than before due to the injury. These benefits are designed to alleviate the financial strain caused by the catastrophic injury, ensuring that individuals can focus on their recovery without worrying about their immediate financial needs.

Permanent Disability Benefits

Catastrophic injuries often lead to permanent impairment, affecting an individual’s ability to perform certain tasks or work in their previous capacity. In such cases, workers’ compensation provides Permanent Partial Disability (PPD) benefits. These benefits aim to provide long-term financial support, acknowledging the lasting impact of the injury on the individual’s earning capacity.

Vocational Rehabilitation

Recovering from a catastrophic injury may involve a transition to a different career or job role. Georgia’s workers’ compensation system recognizes the need for vocational rehabilitation services to help injured individuals acquire new skills and find suitable employment. Vocational rehabilitation may include job training, education, and job placement assistance, empowering individuals to rebuild their careers and regain independence.

Death Benefits

In the tragic event of a catastrophic workplace injury resulting in death, workers’ compensation in Georgia extends support to the family. Dependents of the deceased worker may be eligible for death benefits, including benefits for funeral expenses and ongoing financial support through dependency benefits. While no amount of benefits can replace the loss of a loved one, these benefits aim to provide some financial stability during an undoubtedly challenging time.

Need a Workers’ Compensation Attorney? Contact Hasner Law 

Understanding the full scope of workers’ compensation benefits after a catastrophic injury can be complex. Employers and insurance companies may challenge claims, leading to disputes that can further complicate an already challenging situation. Seeking legal assistance from experienced workers’ compensation attorneys, such as those at Hasner Law, can make a significant difference. 

When it comes to navigating the aftermath of catastrophic workplace injuries, experience matters. With over 100 years of combined expertise (10 decades), Hasner Law brings a wealth of knowledge to ensure you receive the compensation you deserve. Our seasoned team understands the nuanced elements of workers’ comp claims, recognizing that each case is unique. Your well-being is our priority, and our team stands ready to provide the support and representation necessary for your case. Don’t navigate the complexities alone—reach out to Hasner Law today for the seasoned assistance you need. Contact us to schedule a consultation today by visiting our website and completing our contact form or calling (678) 928-8784.

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Stephen Hasner is the founder and managing partner of Hasner Law PC. Since being licensed in Florida in 1997 and in Georgia in 1999, Stephen has worked tirelessly to help Georgia residents navigate the legal process following a serious injury. This includes injuries sustained at work, in motor vehicle accidents, and in cases of personal injury. The team at Hasner Law is dedicated to securing compensation for their clients who have been injured through no fault of their own.