Do I Qualify for Workers' Compensation?
Workers’ compensation laws differ from state to state, and every workplace accident is different. For these reasons, workers’ compensation coverage has consistently changed and evolved over the years to adapt to the current landscape of working environments across the country. Determining if a certain job offers compensation for job-related accidents isn’t always a straightforward process.
If you’re interested in learning whether or not you qualify for workers’ compensation coverage for your job, give Monge & Associates a call. We pride ourselves on professional and responsible consultation and legal services.
You can rest assured that Scott Monge and his team of legal experts will handle your case with urgency and priority. Contact Monge & Associates today to learn how workers’ compensation laws can serve you. Call us at (800) 860-8021.
Workers’ Compensation Laws in Atlanta, Georgia
According to the State Board of Workers’ Compensation, any place of business that employs three or more people is required to provide workers’ compensation coverage for its employees, starting from day one of employment. Coverage may become important when an employee sustains an injury during working hours, excluding lunch hours and any commutes to and from work. Depending on the categorization of the injury, workers can expect two-thirds of their weekly wages and sometimes more for disability compensation.
While this works out well for those who are confident in their status as “full-time employees,” the laws leave a gray area for those who aren’t sure whether or not the coverage extends to them.
Full-Time, Part-Time and Determining if You’re an Employee
Georgia law requires anyone who regularly employs a worker to provide them with workers’ compensation coverage. This includes part-time workers so long as they’re employed regularly. This would include part-time employees who only work regular shifts, such as every weekend, only on nights, afternoons, etc.
Even if three or more workers are working for the same client, it doesn’t guarantee they’re legally considered employees. Independent contractors are not covered under workers’ compensation; legally, they are not considered employees.
However, many workers are sometimes classified as independent contractors when they legally fit the requirements to be an employee. If this is the case, workers’ compensation insurance might very well cover them. Determining whether or not a worker is an employee is best done with help from a legal professional.
If you’ve been injured on the job, contacting a lawyer to determine your eligibility for workers’ compensation is the best course of action. Scott Monge and the legal team at Monge & Associates can help you during your workers’ compensation case. After practicing law for more than 20 years and helping countless workers in and around the Atlanta area, Scott Monge approaches each case with passionate dedication and service. Call us today at (800) 860-8021, and get started on your road to recovery.