There are some cases in which you can receive unemployment benefits while receiving workers’ compensation. However, the requirements for doing so are complex. If you lose your job after suffering a work-related injury, you may be able to receive unemployment benefits while you are waiting for an approval on your workers’ compensation claim.
According to the Georgia Department of Labor (DOL), these circumstances are usually exceptions to the norm. This is because to receive unemployment benefits, you must be capable of looking for and performing work. Your injury may prevent you from working at all, disqualifying you from unemployment eligibility. If you qualify for temporary partial or total disability through workers’ compensation, you cannot receive unemployment benefits.
If you have yet to receive coverage for your injury, a lawyer who takes on cases related to workers’ compensation can help you understand your rights and may fight for benefits on your behalf.
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The State Board of Workers’ Compensation (SBWC) oversees several rules and guidelines pertaining to workers’ compensation cases in the State of Georgia. This includes handling claim forms and documents, case manager registrations, and other crucial facets of Georgia’s workers’ compensation laws.
Confronting the flood of details that often accompanies workers’ compensation cases can be a daunting task. Many people who try to navigate the legal waters of workers’ compensation alone end up encountering troubles. When you have a lawyer by your side, they can assist you as you process the details of your workers’ compensation case.
Hiring a lawyer can be particularly helpful when it comes to filing an appeal for benefits. Whether you are still waiting to receive coverage from your employer’s workers’ compensation insurance or you received a claim denial, an attorney can advocate on your behalf. This can entail the following:
- Reviewing the circumstances of your injury
- Identifying the reason for the delay or denial of your benefits
- Collecting evidence in support of your claim
- Filing the paperwork for an appeal
- Representing you in with your employer, the insurance carrier, the SBWC, and the judge overseeing the appeal
If you are trying to file for unemployment benefits while attempting to receive workers’ compensation, your lawyer may help you understand your rights in that regard as well.
Several factors impact the outcome of both unemployment benefits and workers’ compensation benefits. A lawyer will work to determine which laws apply to your particular situation and keep you updated as your case moves along.
Factors That May Impact Your Workers’ Compensation Claim
Workers’ compensation often requires many forms and documents. Failure to properly fill out or file a form is one way you may risk your workers’ compensation benefits. Other factors that may cause a delay or denial of your claim include the following:
- Failure to report your injury in a timely manner: You must let your employer know about your injury as soon as possible to preserve your eligibility for benefits.
- Disregarding the doctor’s orders: An approved doctor must review your injuries and issue a diagnosis and treatment plan. If you do not follow this plan or miss your appointments, it can prolong the time it takes to process your claim.
- Discussing or exaggerating your injuries: Doing so may undermine your claim and disqualify you from receiving benefits.
When you have a lawyer on your side, they will make sure that you take every step that is necessary to receive your workers’ compensation benefits and document it for an appeal, if necessary.
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If you are trying to receive unemployment benefits while also receiving workers’ compensation, you are likely feeling confused and frustrated. Dealing with the difficulties of an injury that puts you out of work is hard enough on its own. Once you add in the struggles of navigating workers’ compensation and unemployment laws in Georgia, your situation can become overwhelming.
Know that you do not have to take on this challenge alone. You can hire a law firm that deals with cases involving these benefits to help you get on the right path toward recovery and financial stability.
At Bader Scott Injury Lawyers, we understand that your goal is to receive the compensation you need to support yourself and your family while you are unable to work. If you choose us, we will advocate for your interests regarding your workers’ compensation case.
Our team is here to answer your questions, help you file forms, and process the details of your case. To learn more about how we can help, contact our office today at (404) 888-8888.