Workers Compensation Rule Changes Effective July 1, 2013

There are several changes to Georgia’s workers’ compensation laws that went into effect on the first of July this year. If you are filing for workers’ compensation for an on the job injury that occurred after July 1st, it is important to take note of these changes.

Mileage – Reimbursement for mileage is now required to be paid by the employer or insurance company within 15 days, down from 30 days in the past.

TTD and TPD payments – TTD or Temporary Total Disability is now set at a weekly maximum of $525.00, up from $500.00. The maximum for TPD, also known as Temporary Partial Disability, has been raised from $334.00 to $350.00 per week.

Cap on Medical Payments – Medical care is capped at 400 weeks, if the injury is not a catastrophic one.

240 Job Offer – This requirement (named after section 240 of the law) is for the employee to attempt to work at a suitable job offered by the employer. New requirements are that the employee must attempt to work at the job for at least eight cumulative hours, or one scheduled workday, whichever is greater.

If you have questions about how these changes impact your workers’ compensation claim, contact attorney John A. Snyder at 470-545-6006, or toll free at 1-855-WORK-COMP.