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FAQ: Benefits available for disabling conditions

Injuries and illness are a part of everyday life, but sometimes they are damaging enough to prevent the victim from returning to work for a while. This is a scary situation. Missing work time creates difficulty in supporting the family and keeping up with the new medical bills. However, you may be eligible for disability benefits.

5 facts you should know about workers' compensation

From the first day you start a new job, you are covered by workers' compensation insurance, which your employer is required to provide if he or she has three or more workers. In Georgia, workers' compensation is a program that employers provide to cover costs that incur from illness and injury that happens on the job. You may need help paying medical bills, covering your income while you are out of work and attending rehab for any injury. If you die because of a job-related injury, workers' compensation may also offer benefits to care for your family after you are gone.

What is silicosis?

All jobs come with their own set of risks, but some are obviously more dangerous than others. While injury and death are a concern on many job sites, the silent, slow effects of deadly diseases may go overlooked. Exposure to certain materials for prolonged periods of time can be extremely harmful to the body. Silicosis is one of those diseases and affects those doing foundry work, glass manufacturing or mining.

Can I get workers' compensation for carpal tunnel syndrome?

Most jobs in Atlanta require the use of your hands. People who work jobs that require the frequent use and motion of their hands are at risk of developing carpal tunnel syndrome. The syndrome is a repetitive stress injury that is very common among factory and meat plant workers, musicians, sports players and other professionals who use certain tools. Some positions require repeated actions that can cause injury to the nerves inside of your hands and wrists, making it painful and difficult for you to use them.

How social media could ruin your workers' compensation claim

You were injured on the job and filed a workers' compensation claim. The company you filed against will undoubtedly launch an investigation into your claim and, whether you know it or not, you are now living under a microscope. At this time your behavior is more important than ever, especially your social media presence. Companies retain attorneys and insurance adjusters to work on their behalf for these specific issues. Their job is to work against you in an effort to get the claim dismissed or limit the payout as much as possible. Follow these quick tips to help solidify the validity of your claim.

Defining an "occupational disease"

While many employees are aware that they are entitled to worker's compensation when an on the job accident occurs, some Georgia workers may not know that they can also receive benefits when an illness develops because of a person's work conditions. An individual might suffer from an occupational disease when an infection or illness arises due to circumstances an employee encounters largely at work and not elsewhere.

What are my responsibilities if I am injured at work in Georgia?

If and whenever employees are injured on the job, they may be entitled to certain workers' compensation benefits. However, these benefits do not come without certain duties and responsibilities on the part of the injured employee.

Dangers of asbestos in the workplace

Many Georgia workers may already know that asbestosis is carcinogenic. Worldwide, 125 million workers experience asbestos exposure in the workplace, and the World Health Organization estimates that 107,000 people die annually. In addition, asbestos causes approximately 50 percent of all occupational cancer deaths.

Workers' compensation in Georgia

Employees in Georgia may benefit from remaining more informed about the state's laws concerning workers' compensation rights. Workers' compensation may be described as an accident insurance policy funded by the employer to provide employees who suffer workplace injuries with income, rehabilitation and medical benefits. The benefit package is designed to assist employees with getting back to work in a reasonable amount of time. Employees become covered by workers' compensation benefits starting the first day on the job.

Mother denied death benefits for Georgia city worker

In Georgia, eligibility for death benefits associated with workers' compensation has specific guidelines. A case in which a Cuthbert city worker died in July 2010 due to work-related injuries points out how family eligibility is established.