Atlanta workers’ compensation clients often ask, “How can I tell if my injury is work-related?”

Wondering what is considered an on the job injury in Georgia? Under the Georgia Workers’ Compensation Act, an injury is compensable if it occurs “by an accident that arises out of and in the course of” employment.  

What Is a work-related injury?

An accident arises out of employment when there’s a causal connection between work circumstances and the injury.  Ask yourself, “Did my work duties cause me to get hurt?  Would I have injured myself if I were not performing work-related tasks?” when examining whether your injury is work-related or not.

An accident arises in the course of employment when the time, place, and circumstances of the injury are related to employment.  Ask yourself, “Was I in a place that was work-related when I hurt myself?  Would I have hurt myself at this time and place if I didn’t have my job?” when examining whether your injury is work-related or not.

What is workers’ comp?

Workers’ compensation is an accident insurance program paid by your employer. If you were injured on the job, it may provide you with medical, rehabilitation and income benefits designed to help you return to work.

How do I know if my injury is work-related?

You may think of workplace injuries as being limited to labor jobs, like falling off a ladder or an injury with machinery. This is not always the case, they can include anything from repetitive use injuries to physical assault and more. To see a more comprehensive list, check out our article on Common Types of Job Injuries.

What should I do if I get hurt at work?

If you get hurt at work you should give notice to your employer as soon as possible. If you wait more than a month, you may lose your benefits. In addition to reporting the injury as soon as possible, if you were injured on the job you should seek treatment, take notes and follow doctor’s instructions. 

Do I need a workers’ comp attorney?

While this information may seem fairly simple, unique circumstances can make things complicated.  Discuss your accident with our workers’ compensation lawyers in Atlanta to find out whether your accident’s circumstances are such that your injury is compensable.

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