Who Is Covered By Workers’ Compensation?
Many people do not apply for workers’ compensation benefits because they think they are not covered. However, even if your employer has told you that you are not covered, it pays to talk to an attorney. You may have a right to benefits. At Tillman & Associates in Atlanta, our lawyers are dedicated to helping injured workers throughout Georgia secure the workers’ compensation benefits they are entitled to under the law. For a free attorney consultation, call 877-849-5895.
Who Is Eligible For Georgia Workers’ Compensation?
Most workers in Georgia, including undocumented workers, are eligible for workers’ compensation benefits if they are injured on the job or suffer from an occupational disease. Among the many workers we represent are:
- Carpet mill workers
- Chicken plant workers
- Construction workers
- Hospital and nursing home staff
- Industrial workers
- Kia auto factory workers
- Police officers
- Manufacturing workers
- Office staff
- Paper mill workers
- Power plant workers
- Service industry workers
- Warehouse workers
You do not need to have a long history at your place of employment to qualify for workers’ compensation. Assuming your employer is properly insured, you are covered by workers’ compensation insurance beginning on your first day of work. Certain types of workers are not eligible, including farm laborers and independent contractors. However, many employers misclassify workers as independent contractors when they are employees in the eyes of the law. Just because your employer has classified you as an independent contractor does not mean that you are.