Atlanta, GA -- (SBWIRE) -- 07/09/2019 -- One of the most frequent questions that workers compensation lawyers in Atlanta receive is "Are interns covered under workers' compensation insurance?". Although employees are generally entitled to this type of insurance, for interns, it depends on several key factors. As the most reputable workers' comp attorneys in Atlanta, The Law Offices of Darwin F. Johnson is answering this question.
Their team has revealed that there are two main factors that courts will take into consideration when determining whether an intern is eligible to collect benefits for an injury that has occurred at work. First, is the internship a paid position? If so, they will likely be entitled to receive workers' compensation. If they are not being paid, then they are typically not entitled to coverage.
Unpaid interns may be eligible for benefits if the duties that they perform are similar to those of a paid employee, or if they have taken the place of somebody on the payroll who has recently left or had their contract terminated. Also, if an internship is considered to be 'casual' then even if the intern is being paid, they may not be eligible for workers' compensation benefits. This is because, in the eyes of the law, casual workers follow sporadic schedules, with the courts favoring workers whose duties have been formally planned.
The workman comp attorneys in Atlanta based at The Law Offices of Darwin F. Johnson also advise that interns must follow the same process as paid employees when they file a workers' compensation claim. This means that they must inform their employer of their injury within 120 days, in writing, detailing where, when, and how the accident occurred. If the employers deny the claim, interns have three years from the date of their injury to file an appeal.
For more information, interns that have queries regarding worker's compensation coverage can call The Law Offices of Darwin F. Johnson at 404-692-6482 or click here.
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