Can my spouse get paid as an attendant care provider under Georgia workers’ compensation law?

If you’ve been injured on the job in Georgia and need constant care from someone, why not let that person be your spouse? You know you expect him/her to wear that little nurse outfit on Halloween…what about the other 364 days of the year?

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While the notion that a spouse can provide attendant care had already been established, it was reaffirmed recently in the Medical Office Management, et al v. Hardee case.  The attendant care needs to be medically necessary to effect a cure, provide relief, or restore the injured worker to suitable employment.  The workers’ compensation fee schedule allows payment for such care at $10.01/hour for up to 12 hours/day (hours can be extended at the State Board of Workers’ Compensation’s discretion).

Why invite a stranger into your home when you can let the person who already lives there take care of you?  If the workers’ compensation adjuster is denying such an arrangement, feel free to contact the Atlanta workers’ compensation lawyers at Moebes Law, LLC for guidance.


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