Workers Compensation

Georgia Vocational Rehabilitation Agency provides benefits for employees in the event of work-related injuries, illnesses, exposures or accidents as the means to return employees to meaningful, productive employment following the injury or illness. When an injury, accident, exposure or illness is sustained as a result of, out of, or in the course of employment, all employees of the GVRA shall be covered under provisions of the State of Georgia Worker’s Compensation Act. Benefits may include medical care, rehabilitation and income to compensate for lost wages.

GVRA’s Workers’ Compensation insurer is The Department of Administrative Services (DOAS). The Workers’ Compensation Section of DOAS Risk Management Services presents Georgia Focus – an employee safety, care and recovery program. Georgia Focus is a three tiered program aimed at placing focus on employees. Tier 1 focuses on Safety and Injury Prevention, Tier 2 deals with medical care of employees after they are injured, and Tier 3 discusses employees returning to Work. The purpose of the program is to take a proactive, preventative approach to managing the safety and health of employees. DOAS has a Managed Care Organization plan with AmeriSys which will provide medical care for job-related injuries. The information on this web site is intended to help answer questions you may have regarding how the workers' compensation process works.

When an injury occurs

Employees should report any injury to their supervisor immediately. The supervisor and employee should complete a WC Incident Report for Reporting Purposes Only Form, regardless of whether or not any medical treatment is needed. This form must be filed with the Office of Human Resources. The supervisor should notify HR as soon as possible of the injury.

When an injury occurs and requires medical attention

If the injured employee requires medical treatment, the employee should seek treatment at the nearest emergency room or urgent care facility. The supervisor or program designee is responsible for reporting the injury to the Department of Administrative Services (DOAS). A WC Incident Report for Reporting Purposes Only Form must be filed with the Office of Human Resources. It is imperative the supervisor or program designee report the claim to the Telephonic Reporting System as soon as they are aware of the injury. *NOTE: Employees will not be charged leave for the absence from work on the day of the injury, illness or exposure to occupational disease.

Telephonic Reporting System number (DOAS) - 1-877-656-RISK (7475)

After the injury has been reported to DOAS the employee must call AmeriSys for assistance in obtaining medical care. The employee should advise their supervisor and HR of the appointment(s).

AmeriSys – 1-800-900-1582

Georgia Activity Analysis

The Georgia Activity Analysis should be presented to the treating physician's for review after the initial examination of the employee. The GAA form is a brief, concise description of the tasks and associated demands of the job designed solely to facilitate the return to work process. The Georgia Activity Analysis is above all else a communication device. *NOTE the Georgia Activity Analysis Form is to be completed in advance and placed in the supervisors’ employee file.

Accident Investigation Forms

Accident investigation forms/statements should be filled out by the injured employee, supervisor and any witness to the accident. Supervisors should conduct a preliminary investigation as soon as possible. Completed accident forms should be faxed to your DOAS Claims Adjuster at 404-657-1188 or 404-657-1189 and the Office of Human Resources at 404-232-1968.

Responsibilities of the Supervisor

The supervisor must arrange follow-up contact with the employee with the employee within 24 hours to check on the employee’s well being and begin preparation for a transitional employment plan if the employee has restrictions.

Responsibilities of the employee

Call Your Supervisor after Every Medical Visit. You are expected to keep your supervisor informed about your work status and potential return-to-work date. Employees are required to notify and provide HR with a Release to Return to Work after every medical visit.

Returning to Work

HR must be notified and a Release to Return to Work Form must be completed by the physician and sent to HR prior to the employee returning to work. HR will review all medical information to determine if the employee can return to work with or without restrictions. If the employee is released to return to work without restrictions, HR will notify the employee and supervisor that the employee has been cleared to return to their regular duties.

Transitional Duty Work Plan

If the employee has restrictions, they may qualify to return to work on a Transitional Duty Work Plan. As soon as the employee is released to return to work the employee must meet with the supervisor to develop a transitional employment plan. HR and the supervisor must determine if the restrictions can be accommodated. Transitional Duty Work Plans cannot exceed 90 days.

The Employee Handbook for Workers’ Compensation – Managed Care Organization administered by Amerysis.