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What happens when temporary or seasonal workers get hurt at work?

On Behalf of | May 28, 2024 | Workers’ Compensation

Those who pursue careers in particularly risky professions are usually aware of what rights they have on the job. Construction professionals, for example, often slowly learn about standards for different types of construction work so that they can identify issues that could compromise their safety on the job. They know that if they do get hurt, they can request workers’ compensation benefits.

Not all working professionals in Georgia maintain the same job for years. Seasonal and temporary positions are common ways for people to move into new industries, develop their careers or augment their income. However, someone working in a seasonal or temporary role may feel uncertain about their rights if they get hurt on the job.

Does workers’ compensation coverage extend to those in short-term employment arrangements?

All workers have the same basic rights

Georgia’s workers’ compensation law does not differentiate between different types of employees based on how long their jobs last. The law requiring workers’ compensation coverage from businesses applies regardless of how long the worker has been with the company.

An employee is eligible for benefits the very first day that they start their training. Even if they have a job that only lasts for the summer or for the duration of a specific project, their employer has to provide them with workers’ compensation coverage in case they get hurt on the job.

Seasonal and temporary workers can potentially qualify for both medical coverage and disability benefits, much like any other employee with medical challenges caused by their work. Workers’ compensation benefits can be particularly useful for seasonal or temporary workers, as they may not have health insurance provided by their employers.

The medical coverage provided through workers’ compensation might be the only way they can afford the treatment necessitated by their on-the-job injuries. Workers can also receive disability benefits that can help them pay their bills if they are unable to work due to their medical challenges.

Learning about the basic rules for Georgia workers’ compensation benefits can help those coping with the aftermath of a job injury. Many employees are eligible for benefits if they can prove that their medical conditions directly relate to their job responsibilities.