Head Injuries Covered By Workers’ Compensation

Head Injuries Covered By Workers’ Compensation

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Hi, there. My name’s Jason Perkins and I’m the Georgia
Worker’s Compensation attorney. I’m here with another edition of the Georgia
Worker’s Compensation video series, a series devoted to providing you with helpful information
about Georgia Worker’s Compensation Law and the benefits available to you under it. Today, I’d like to talk to you about head
injuries and how they are covered by the Georgia Worker’s Compensation Act. First of all, head injuries are treated like
any other injury, for the most part. In other words, you’re entitled to certain
basic benefits if you suffer a head injury. If that injury keeps you out of work, you’re
entitled to temporary total disability benefits. You’re also entitled to medical benefits for
your head injury. That means you’re entitled to whatever medical
treatment is reasonable and necessary for your injury. Now, there are certain that apply to getting
that medical treatment, like it’s got to be provided by certain doctors. Basically, the Worker’s Compensation insurance
company is responsible for providing you with the medical treatment that you need. A lot of times that may be treatment with
a neurologist or a neuropsychologist or some other type of doctor. You may need MRI’s or other types of testing
to determine the extent of your injury and what treatment that you need for it. You’re also entitled to permanent partial
disability benefits if you end up with a permanent impairment as a result of your head injury. I’ve talked in more detail in other videos
about medical benefits, and temporary total disability, and permanent partial disability
benefits. I’m not going to focus on that here, but I
did want to talk to you about some of the specific rules that do apply to severe head
injuries. That is, if you suffer a severe head injury
you may be entitled to a catastrophic designation. A catastrophic designation is a special part
of the Worker’s Compensation Law that can entitle you to additional benefits that you’re
not otherwise entitled to. Head injuries that qualify as severe head
injuries can qualify for a catastrophic designation under OCGA 34-9-200.1 G3. There’s some specific rules laid out there
for what qualifies as a severe head injury. Even if you don’t qualify under those rules,
you can also qualify for a catastrophic designation under OCGA 34-9-200.1 G6. That’s what’s often known as the “catch-all”
designation for catastrophic. What that has to do with is that if you’re
injury prevents you from going back to, basically, your prior work and any other work that’s
available in substantial numbers in the national economy, you can also qualify for a catastrophic
designation. I’ve talked about catastrophic designation
in previous videos and you can look back and see that, but the basic benefits of catastrophic
designation is that you’re not limited in how long you can receive benefits for being
out of work or medical benefits. You also receive the aid of a catastrophic
rehabilitation supplier. This is someone who tries to help you get
back to work and also tries to make sure that your medical treatment is effective. I hope you found this information about head
injuries helpful today. If you have, please let me know by giving
this video a thumbs up or liking it. If you’d like more information, I’d suggest
that you visit our website, that’s www.perkinslawtalk.com. You can review the articles on our blog there. You can also check out the videos on our YouTube
channel, which is Perkins Studdard Worker’s Compensation. You can subscribe there if you’d like to be
notified of future videos. Thanks for watching today and best of luck
to you as you recover from your injury.

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