Georgia General Assembly Considers Sweeping Changes to Workers' Compensation Law

The Georgia General Assembly is considering a fairly comprehensive overhaul of the Workers’ Compensation Act. The bill has already resoundingly passed the House on February 11, 2013. House Bill 154 proposes the several changes to the Act. The most sweeping proposed change would limit medical benefits to 400 weeks from the date of the accident. Also controversial is the proposal to require an employee to attempt a light-duty job for an entire day before “quitting” the job to have benefits reinstated.

Here’s a nutshell of the proposed changes:

1) Limitation of medical treatment for 400 weeks after the injury for non-catastrophic injuries;

2) Provide a 15-day time-frame in which mileage must be reimbursed;

3) Reduce the annual percentage rate for lump-sum payments and advances to 5% (down from 7%);

4) Require an employee who attempts a light-duty job under O.C.G.A. Sec. 34-9-240 to attempt the proffered job for eight cumulative hours or one workday;

5) Increase the maximum temporary total disability rate to $525.00 per week (up from $500.00)’ and,

6) Increase the maximum temporary partial disability rate to $350.00 per week (up from $334.00).

Feel free to contact us if you would like us to send you a copy of the proposed legislation or update you on its progress.