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Can you get workers’ comp if you become blind on the job?

On Behalf of | Apr 19, 2024 | Workers' Compensation |

Blindness can dramatically alter a person’s life, affecting their ability to work and perform daily tasks.

What happens if someone becomes blind while on the job in Georgia? Is there recourse through workers’ compensation?

Types of benefits

Workers’ compensation benefits for blindness in Georgia may include medical treatment, rehabilitation services and disability benefits. Disability benefits compensate for lost wages due to the inability to work. The amount and duration of benefits vary depending on the severity of the blindness and its impact on the individual’s ability to earn a living.

The process

To receive workers’ compensation benefits for blindness in Georgia, an injured worker must promptly report the injury to their employer and seek medical treatment. The employer then typically files a claim with their workers’ compensation insurance provider. From there, the insurance company evaluates the claim to determine eligibility for benefits.

Medical evaluation

In cases of blindness, the injured worker undergoes a thorough medical evaluation to assess the extent of their impairment. This evaluation helps determine the level of benefits the individual may receive. Injured workers must provide accurate and detailed information about the circumstances leading to their blindness.

Challenges and appeals

Despite the availability of workers’ compensation benefits, navigating the claims process can be challenging. Insurance companies may dispute claims or offer insufficient benefits. In such cases, injured workers have the right to appeal the decision through Georgia’s workers’ compensation system.

Becoming blind on the job in Georgia can entitle an individual to workers’ compensation benefits. However, navigating the claims process and ensuring fair treatment may require assistance and advocacy. By understanding their rights and seeking appropriate support, injured workers may obtain the help they need for financial stability.