By: Wesley R. Moore, Esq.
July 1, 2019, the cap on Georgia workers’ compensation benefits will see one of
the largest increases over the past 20 years. The maximum Temporary Total
Disability rate will increase from $575 to $675, while the maximum Temporary
Partial Disability rate will increase from $383 to $450. Additionally, both Permanent
Partial Disability and death benefits that are due to dependents will increase
alongside the Temporary Total Disability rate. The aforementioned rates will be
applicable to all injuries sustained on or after July 1, 2019. For any injured
sustained before this date, the rate will remain the same as it was on the date
Historically, the State of Georgia Legislature has increased the maximum cap on workers’ compensation benefits every few years. This is to account for inflation, changes in the economy, and the overall cost of living. However, this increase marks one of the largest increases in a long time. The rates last increased in 2016, where the previous 2015 maximum Temporary Total Disability rate rose from $550 to $575.
Of course, we will continue to monitor any changes within the Georgia workers’ compensation statute and find ways to minimize our clients’ exposure. We encourage you to reach out to our office with any questions that you may have.