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So when do your benefits end? Hello, my name is Ty Wilson. I'm a Georgia Workers’ Compensation Attorney practicing law in the State of Georgia. And our question for today is, “When do my benefits end?”
And so the question is which benefits? You're entitled to medical benefits. And then if you're out of work for more than seven days, you're entitled to income benefits. There is also the possibility that you could be entitled to income benefits by being released on light duty, but your employer cannot accommodate your light duty restrictions. So then you would also be receiving income benefits.
And so, typically speaking, when you're injured on the job, you're entitled to 400 weeks of medical benefits unless there is what is called a change of condition. And that would be being released to light duty, maximum medical improvement, etc. If you are released to light and you're receiving income benefits, there is a good chance that you're going to continue to receive those income benefits unless the employer has or can create a new job for you, or if there's a hearing filed and the judge suspends your benefits or if you settle the case.
And that depends obviously, if the employer is also interested in settling the case. Settlement is completely optional on a worker's compensation claim, so both parties must agree. And so those are really the scenarios where your benefits may end. It's always good to speak with the Georgia Workers’ Compensation Attorney if you're concerned about your benefits ending, especially if you're concerned about the ending prematurely. I hope that information has been helpful and we will see you in the next video.