Are Part-Time Employees Entitled to Workers’ Compensation?

Personal Injury & Workers' Compensation Attorneys Serving Atlanta, Marietta, Cumming, And Nearby Areas Of Georgia

Posted: January 27, 2022

Part-time vs full-time employeeMany injured workers miss out on crucial benefits just because they think they aren’t eligible. It’s important to realize that all regular employees are covered under workers’ compensation. That typically includes full-time employees, part-time employees, and even seasonal workers.

What is a Regular Employee?

There are different employee classifications. The State Board of Workers’ Compensation in Georgia gives the following definition of a regular part-time employee: “A regular part-time employee works regularly on a part-time basis. Such as employees who only work on weekends.”

Who is Not Covered Under Workers’ Compensation?

The vast majority of employees are covered under workers’ compensation in Georgia. However, there are some workers who do not qualify for benefits such as medical care and compensation.

Typically, independent contractors like freelancers or consultants are not covered under workers’ compensation. The same can often be said of members of the “gig” economy. 

Other individuals who may not be entitled to benefits under workers’ compensation include:

  • Workers who were injured outside of work. 
  • Workers who were injured doing something outside of their required job duties. 
  • Workers employed at a business with less than three employees. 

In summary, you must be an employee of the business. The business must carry workers’ compensation insurance. And you must have suffered a work-related injury or illness.

Are you unsure if your employer has workers’ compensation insurance in the state? You can look them up online through the Workers’ Compensation Coverage Verification website. Be aware that this tool is not perfect, and a lack of results does not guarantee a lack of insurance.

Finally, you must meet the deadlines for reporting your injury. You must also meet the deadlines for filing a worker’s compensation claim. Our attorneys can help navigate these requirements.

Talk to Our Workers’ Compensation Lawyers for Free

Never assume that you have to bear the burden of your on-the-job injury. Report your accident to your employer and ask them to explain the details of your coverage as a part-time employee.

If you suspect that your rightful benefits are being denied, give our team a call at 770-888-8901. Our experienced workers’ compensation attorneys will gladly discuss your situation for free.

The Law Offices of Humberto Izquerido, Jr., PC proudly serves members of our community from Atlanta, Marietta, Cumming, and nearby areas of Georgia.