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Calculating workers’ compensation benefits in Georgia can be complex, and the exact formula used will depend on your specific situation.
However, here are the basic steps involved in determining your workers’ compensation benefits in Georgia:
- Determine your average weekly wage (AWW): Your AWW is the average amount of money you earned per week in the 13 weeks immediately prior to your injury or illness. If you worked less than 13 weeks, your AWW will be based on the number of weeks you did work.
- Calculate your weekly benefit amount (WBA): Your WBA is typically 2/3 of your AWW, up to a maximum amount set by the state. For injuries that occurred on or after July 1, 2021, the maximum weekly benefit amount is $725 per week. If your AWW is above this amount, your WBA will be capped at $725.
- Determine your eligibility for temporary total disability (TTD) benefits: If your injury or illness prevents you from working for more than seven days, you may be eligible for TTD benefits. These benefits are calculated based on your WBA and the number of days you are unable to work.
- Calculate your permanent partial disability (PPD) benefits: If you have a permanent injury or disability, you may be entitled to PPD benefits. The amount of these benefits will depend on the severity of your disability and other factors.
- Determine your eligibility for vocational rehabilitation services: If you are unable to return to your previous job due to your injury or illness, you may be eligible for vocational rehabilitation services. These services can include job training and placement assistance.
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It is important to note that these calculations are subject to many variables and exceptions, and may vary depending on the specifics of your case. Consulting with a qualified workers’ compensation attorney in Georgia can help you understand your rights and ensure that you receive the full amount of benefits to which you are entitled.
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