Have you recently been injured while working for FedEx in Georgia? Are you unsure about your rights and the compensation you are entitled to? If so, you’re not alone. Many FedEx workers in Georgia have questions regarding their workers’ compensation coverage.
Whether you are a delivery truck driver, warehouse worker, or office employee, one of our Georgia workers’ compensation lawyers can answer your questions and guide you through the claims process after an injury.
We’ve also compiled a list of frequently asked questions (FAQs) regarding workers’ compensation for Georgia FedEx employees. Contact us now for a free consultation, or continue reading to learn more.
What Types of Workplace Injuries are Covered by FedEx Workers’ Comp in Georgia?
Work-related injuries that occur while performing job duties for FedEx are typically covered and may include the following:
- Repetitive stress injuries
- Back injuries from heavy lifting
- Knee or ankle sprains from slips and falls
- Carpal tunnel syndrome from repetitive package handling and scanning
- Fractures, contusions, and lacerations (common in FedEx warehouse work)
- Mental stress injuries
- Catastrophic injuries
- Fatal injuries
Illnesses like respiratory issues triggered by warehouse conditions may also qualify for benefits. Coverage generally extends to any injury suffered from falls, lifting injuries, workplace motor vehicle accidents, acts of violence, machinery malfunctions, and other on-the-job incidents.
Whatever the nature of your injury, the key is establishing that it occurred within the scope of your employment at FedEx.
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Can I Still Get Benefits If I Was Partially at Fault for the Accident?
Yes, FedEx employees can still receive workers’ compensation benefits in Georgia even if they contributed to the cause of the work injury. For example, you can still claim benefits if you were distracted and improperly loaded a package, leading to a back injury.
Benefits cannot be denied just because the employee’s own actions or negligence caused or worsened the injury. Given that the workers’ compensation system is “no-fault,” it should cover injuries brought on by an employee’s negligence, poor judgment, or disregard for company policies.
However, injuries sustained while under the influence of alcohol or drugs and intentionally self-inflicted injuries may be excluded.
Can FedEx Fire Me for Filing a Workers’ Compensation Claim?
No, Georgia workers’ compensation statutes prohibit employers from terminating employment or taking any retaliatory action against an employee for exercising their right to benefits.
Examples of unlawful retaliation include firing an employee, demoting them, unfairly denying promotions, reducing hours, or any other response aimed at penalizing the worker for filing the claim.
Unfortunately, some employers may try these tactics to discourage injured staff from pursuing benefits. If you experience any threats to your job or negative treatment from supervisors related to your workers’ compensation claim, contact an attorney immediately.
How Soon After the Injury Do I Need to File a Workers’ Comp Claim?
We recommend that you verbally report your work-related injury to your supervisor at FedEx as soon as possible after it occurs. This establishes the earliest date of notice to the company.
A written notice with details of the incident should then be provided to FedEx within 30 days. To fully preserve your legal right to benefits, we recommend formally filing your claim with the Georgia State Board of Workers’ Compensation within one year of your injury.
Failure to report or file your claim in a timely manner can cause issues, as FedEx may argue that they lacked sufficient notice or that the statute of limitations has expired. Hiring a personal injury lawyer who is well-versed in workers’ compensation law is the best way to ensure your paperwork is completed correctly and on time.
Do I Have to Stay in Georgia to Receive My Money?
No, it is not necessary to remain in Georgia to receive workers’ compensation benefits in a claim. Regardless of where you live, you can continue receiving weekly benefits from the coverage provider. This makes things easier for those who have to relocate for whatever reason.
The insurer also needs to approve a doctor convenient to your new residence if they do not already have one of their treating physicians located nearby.
This ensures that you can continue receiving quality treatment without being inconvenienced. Claimants eligible for workers’ compensation must continue visiting physicians even after relocating so that their condition can be monitored and treated.
Contact John Foy & Associates for a Free Consultation
If you have more questions about Georgia FedEx workers’ compensation, the dedicated team at John Foy & Associates is here to help. We have over 20 years of experience representing injured employees and maximizing their workers’ compensation settlements.
Let our team provide the guidance you need to make informed decisions and obtain the compensation you are entitled to under the law. Our workers’ compensation attorneys are committed to helping injured workers throughout Georgia.
Call now or contact us online to get answers from a trusted workers’ comp attorney. The consultation is 100% free, and you pay nothing unless you receive benefits.