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Temp Agency Workers’ Compensation Claims2 minute read

“Temp agencies and staffing agencies” employ more and more people.  Many businesses simply do not hire employees directly anymore.  Instead, businesses often require an employee to work for a “temp agency” for some period of time before they will offer a permanent position.  As a result, many workers’ compensation injuries occur while someone is employed by a “temp agency”.  Many people have questions about how their workers’ compensation claim will be handled when they are working for a “temp agency” or other staffing service.  This article will address some of the similarities and differences.

When you are injured working for a temp agency, the temp agency is your employer for purposes of your workers’ compensation claim.  So, your claim will be covered by the temp agency’s workers’ compensation insurance policy.

Medical treatment after being injured working for a temp agency

There is no difference in medical treatment if you work for a temp agency.  The temp agency should have a panel of physicians posted, and you should be able to select a doctor from that panel to serve as your authorized treating physician.  You also still have the same rights to change doctors if you become unhappy with the doctor you selected.

Returning to light duty work with a temp agency

Many temp agencies try to provide you with light duty work after an injury.  This work is often provided in the temp agency’s office.  Make sure that the work is suitable to your injury and that the temp agency follows any restrictions your doctor places on you.  If the doctor takes you completely out of work or the temp agency does not provide suitable light duty work, then the workers’ compensation insurance company should start paying temporary total disability benefits.  You can find out more about returning to light duty work by reading this article.

Dangers of returning to work

Unfortunately, one tactic that we see a lot with temp agencies is that they fire injured workers as soon as they can get a full duty release from the workers’ compensation doctor.  If this happens to you, you may find yourself in a situation where you are not receiving a workers’ compensation check and you are also not receiving a paycheck.  If you hire us, we can often help get this situation straightened out by going to court.  However, it usually takes 6 months or more to get a decision from a judge and get benefits paid.

Going that long without a check coming in is very difficult for most people.  Luckily, you can usually avoid this problem by getting a workers’ compensation attorney involved in your case before your employer fires you.  Three attorneys at our firm specialize in Georgia workers’ compensation cases.  Talking to them about your case costs you nothing and can often provide answers to your questions.

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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Brittney-lee orourkeBrittney-lee orourke
05:23 18 Feb 22
Amazing! Jason and his team were very helpful and had the best communication by far. Walked me though every step with great detail and had answers for any question I had. They handled my case better then I could imagine, it was a weird case and they stayed on top of it and kept me updated every step of the way! Highly recommend this Team! Thanks so much to Jason and his Awesome team!-Brittney
China JonesChina Jones
18:58 08 Feb 22
I absolutely love this group of attorneys, when I was at my lowest they did everything they could to help me get justice for my injury. I believe if I were to have never picked my phone up and called the amazing group that helped me I definitely would not have received my idea of rights. If you have an issue and are just not sure please understand that they will help you, stay in contact, answer any question you have, and for sure get you the justice you deserve I thank them from the bottom of my heart and I will definitely refer them to anyone who has been hurt because they most definitely care about their work and clients.
Luv LocsLuv Locs
16:08 15 Jan 22
The entire law office was attentive and responsive to all of my concerns dealing with my workers compensation case.
moombimoombi
21:14 02 Jan 22
If you must get a lawyer involved, you’d do well to work with Jason Perkins and his team at Perkins Studdard Law.They were thorough in gathering information and in sharing all the steps in the workers comp process specific to my case. Jason and the team were responsive to my bevy of questions and concerns.I appreciated the informative videos and consultations provided by Jason over video meetings and multiple phone calls.I hope I’m never injured on the job again. However, if I am and if my employer responds as my previous employer did, I’ll contact Perkins Studdard Law immediately to handle the case.
Dana BessDana Bess
23:57 10 Dec 21
Everyone at Perkins Studdard was kind and professional. They were always extremely responsive and answered all questions that I had and followed up to make sure I had an understanding of what was going on along with emailing videos to explain every step of my case so I would know what to expect and be prepared. Jason is a very genuine person and I trusted him with my case. He answered so many questions for me even before I retained him as my WC lawyer. I highly recommend him and his associates at Perkins Studdard.
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