Work-related injuries and illnesses result in billions of dollars of workers’ compensation claims every year – and Georgia is no exception. According to the Georgia State Board of Workers’ Compensation, more than 110,000 claims were administered in 2011. They resulted in the payment of more than $700 million in Georgia workers’ compensation benefits.
A Closer Look At The Numbers
The Georgia State Board of Workers’ Compensation 2012 Annual Report provides a look at the financial information for medical and indemnity claims paid out during the year. Medical only claims consist of the payment of medical expenses, while indemnity claims are cash benefits paid to injured workers that vary with the severity of the worker’s disability. Indemnity claims can include benefits for temporary disability, permanent partial disability, permanent total disability and death – as well as vocational assistance benefits that may be available to severely disabled workers.
Here’s a closer look at the medical and indemnity numbers reported by the Georgia State Board of Workers’ Compensation for the 2011 calendar year:
Total Number of Medical Only Claims 110,650
Total Amount of Medical Claims Paid $715,261,239
Total Number of Indemnity Claims 34,119
Total Amount of Indemnity Benefits $1,130,283,742
These figures represent numerous types of injuries and illnesses that Georgia employees suffered while on the job.
Common Types Of Workers’ Compensation Injuries
While any type of injury or illness can result in a workers’ compensation claim, some of the most common types of workers’ compensation related injuries include:
- Being crushed by machinery, equipment or objects
- Getting caught in, under or between pieces of machinery, equipment or objects
- Being smashed against an object, such as a worker being pushed into a door or wall or piece of machinery
- Being struck by an object, such as a tool or piece of equipment or material falling from above
- Exposure to extreme temperatures (i.e., burns or deep freezes)
- Exposure to toxic chemicals
- Injuries caused by bending, climbing, reaching, standing, sitting, slipping or tripping without falling
- Motor vehicle accidents
- Muscle, tendon, ligament strains or tears from excessive lifting, pushing, pulling, holding, carrying or throwing
- Slipping and falling to the floor or ground or from one level to a lower level
Regardless of how your injury occurred, it’s important to know that you may be entitled to workers’ compensation benefits under Georgia law.
Although obtaining Georgia workers’ compensation benefits should be easy, it often is not. Many legitimate workers’ compensation claims are denied due to incorrect medical information, incorrect facts or forms that were not completed correctly. Too many injured workers simply give up. We urge you not to give up – without calling us first.