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  1. #1
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    Default Workers Comp Benefits After Being Fired, in Georgia

    This situation is utterly ridiculous! I injured my knee at work on 4th of July and was put on a knee immobilizer and restricted duty after having X-rays and an MRI. The concensus was a torn medial meniscus that would require surgery. I had an appointment with an orthopedist scheduled On July 30. That appointment resulted in being processed for surgery and taken out of work. However, on July 27 I was fired at the end of the day.

    My case worker explained the medical end is the responsibility of the insurance carrier whether I am fired or not. As for some income to defray my day to day expenses she was uncertain.

    I do not think I can apply for unemployment as I can't work until after recoverying from the outpatient surgery. Does anyone know whether or not the insurance carrier is able to pay me anything?

    Also, is it legal in Georgia to fire someone who is going through a medical issue sustained at work ?

    Thanks in advance.

    In the middle of nowhere, Georgia

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    Default Re: Welcome to the crazy world that is Georgia.

    If you are deemed capable of working, you should be able to apply for unemployment as you seek a new job consistent with your work restrictions.

    Why were you fired? If you were fired for pursuing your workers' comp rights, that would be improper.

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    Default Re: Workers Comp Benefits After Being Fired, in Georgia

    Thank you very much for responding.

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    Default Re: Workers Comp Benefits After Being Fired, in Georgia

    You will be eligible for workers comp until the doctor releases you to return to work. Then you can file for unemployment. You can be terminated but that does not have any impact on your workers comp eligibility.

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    Default Re: Workers Comp Benefits After Being Fired, in Georgia

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    You will be eligible for workers comp until the doctor releases you to return to work. Then you can file for unemployment. You can be terminated but that does not have any impact on your workers comp eligibility.
    I was fired in Maryland for refusing to come back to work,
    I was awarded unemployment because they proved it was a lie.
    Cant collect unemployment until Dr releases me without restrictions.
    Dr send them a paper every month with update.
    I can't collect workmans comp award because employer says I refused to come to work.
    Attorney says nothing can be done about it, I guess I cant even get a chance to defend the false alligation.
    I am still under Doctors care and awaiting two surgeries.
    I think my medical is still being covered under workmans comp.

    So I guess it depends on why you were fired.

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