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In Georgia, you can file a Workers’ Comp claim without a Social Security Number
You’ve been hurt on the job but you don’t have a social security number. What do you do?
Well, employees without documentation often assume they are not eligible for workers’ comp benefits due to their immigration status or fear deportation if they try to file a claim. However, state courts have held that undocumented workers (also referred to as illegal workers or undocumented migrant workers) can claim workers’ compensation benefits under the Georgia Workers’ Compensation Act (GWCA) regardless of their immigration status.
So whether you are an employee with proper documentation or an undocumented worker, in either case, you can file a claim to seek benefits through the state workers’ compensation system. Workers’ compensation benefits are possible to anyone who performs work for financial compensation under an employer-employee relationship.
You could also have the right to file a personal injury claim if a third party (not your employer) is at fault for your injury or illness, explained Ramiro Rodriguez, Jr. – Owner.
Under workers’ compensation, you are entitled to the following benefits after a work injury:
- Medical benefits – Payment for all reasonable and necessary medical treatment authorized by your treating provider
- Lost wage benefits – Including partial wage replacement
- Vocational rehabilitation – Rehabilitative care benefits
- Death benefits – Death benefits for surviving family members or dependents of a fatally injured worker
Which Workers Qualify for Workers’ Compensation in Georgia?
According to the Georgia State Board of Workers’ Compensation (SBWC), any business in Georgia with three or more employees must carry workers’ compensation insurance. This includes full-time, part-time, and even seasonal employees as long as they work for the business.