How long do I have to be employed to get workers' comp benefits in Georgia?
April 19th, 2019
Contributor: Tash M.A. Van Dora
HOW LONG DO I HAVE TO BE EMPLOYED TO GET WORKERS’ COMP IN GEORGIA?
Nobody wants to get hurt on the job, much less on their first day of work for a new employer. You may be afraid to report an injury because it is your first day or you may think that because you just started that you do not qualify for workers’ comp. Your employer may tell you that you cannot get workers’ comp because you have not been working long enough.
How long must you be employed to get workers’ comp?
The answer is simple. The second you start working for an employer you are entitled to workers’ comp. It does not matter if you have been working for an employer for 10 years or 10 minutes. As long as you are working within the scope and course of your employment, the duration of how long you have been employed is irrelevant. If you are injured on the job, you are entitled to workers’ comp benefits.
Should I report my injury even if it is my first day on the job?
Yes! As mentioned above, it does not matter if it is your first day working on the job, you are entitled to workers’ comp benefits. It is very important that you report your injury as soon as possible as there are important deadlines that could affect your ability to obtain workers’ comp benefits. In Georgia, you must report your injury to your employer within 30 days of your injury. We recommend that you report your injury to your employer as soon as possible so as to avoid any complications with your workers’ comp claim.
If you are told that you have not been working long enough to qualify for workers’ comp benefits or if you are having trouble collecting your workers’ comp benefits, please contact us and we will gladly fight for your rights and help you collect the benefits you are entitled to.