Self Inflicted Injuries and Injuries From Attempts to Injure Another2 minute read

In this blog, we will discuss two of the specific types of willful misconduct: Self inflicted injuries and injuries arising from an attempt to injure someone else.  This blog is part of a series of blogs discussing affirmative defenses under Georgia workers’ compensation law.  Our previous blogs in this series have discussed willful misconduct generally as well as the specific willful misconduct defenses of intoxication and the failure to use a safety appliance.

Self Inflicted Injuries

Self-inflicted injuries are injuries which the injured worker intended to cause to himself or herself.  These injuries are rare in Georgia workers’ compensation claims.  It is important to understand that it is the employer’s responsibility to prove that the injury was intentionally self-inflicted in order to succeed with this defense.  If the employer does not prove this, then their defense should fail.

Injuries Attempting To Injure Someone Else

An employer can also avoid responsibility for payment of workers’ compensation benefits if it can prove that the injury arose from an attempt to injure someone else.  This defense often comes up when a fight starts at work.  Generally, the aggressor in the fight may be prohibited from drawing workers’ compensation benefits for an injury suffered in such an altercation.  If the injured worker was not the person that started the fight, then he or she will generally be eligible to receive workers’ compensation benefits, as long as the fight was not started for a purely personal reason.

Talking to an Attorney

If your employer or their workers’ compensation insurance company is claiming that they should not pay for your injuries because they were self-inflicted or arose from an attempt to injure someone else, you should probably get a free consultation with an attorney who specializes in workers’ compensation claims.  Also, be on the lookout for our next blog post in this series where we will discuss the affirmative defense of the failure to follow a duty required by statute.Jason Perkins is an attorney who specializes in Georgia workers' compensation law

Jason Perkins is an attorney who specializes in representing injured workers.  He regularly blogs about Georgia’s workers’ compensation system and issues that are important to injured workers and their families.

You can subscribe to his Georgia Workers Compensation channel on YouTube.

What if I have other questions about workers compensation?

Georgia’s workers compensation system can be very confusing.  You have to worry about getting the treatment you need and paying your bills while also worrying about not missing any deadlines that could cause you to lose your right to receive workers compensation benefits.

If you have questions, I would recommend that you try to get answers.  To find out more about how to schedule a time to talk to me about your workers compensation questions, just read this short article.

Jason Perkins is an attorney who specializes in representing injured workers.  He regularly publishes videos and write blog articles about Georgia’s workers compensation system and issues that are important to injured workers and their families.

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