While it would be ideal to go to work each day without being subject to many risks, your responsibilities at your job could mean you are exposed to different hazards each day. Protecting yourself against injury at work in Georgia is a joint effort between you and your employer and can be accomplished when there is a mutual understanding of each other’s responsibilities. 

Your employer should have adequate workers’ compensation policy that provides protection to you if you are injured in a work-related accident. Depending on the extent of the coverage that your employer has, you may be able to receive temporary financial assistance as you recover from your injuries. If you suffered a severe injury that has left you debilitated, it is likely that your employer may work with you to make arrangements as you return to work to allow you to ease yourself back into your responsibilities. There may even be situations where you are unable to resume the full capacity of your previous responsibilities and your employer may help you to find another area where your skills can be utilized. 

According to SFM, some basic information should be readily provided to you in the form of an employee handbook or similar document so you are aware of the purpose and function of your workers’ compensation coverage. Some of the things you should be told from the start include eligibility requirements for returning back to work after an injury, your obligation to report your injury right away and with all applicable details, and an agreement that you will not abuse the coverage by using dishonesty and fraud to acquire benefits. 

The information in this article is intended for educational purposes only and should not be taken as legal advice.