The new law caps treatment for less serious injuries. "For all injuries occurring on or after July 1, 2013, that are not designated as catastrophic injuries pursuant to subsection (g) of Code Section 34-9-200.1, the employer shall, for amaximum period of 400 weeks from the date of injury, furnish the employee entitled to benefits under this chapter such medical, surgical, and hospital care and other treatment, items, and services which are prescribed by a licensed physician, including medical and surgical supplies, artificial members, and prosthetic devices and aids damaged or destroyed in a compensable accident, which in the judgment of the State Board of Workers' Compensation shall be reasonably required and appear likely to effect a cure, give relief, or restore the employee to suitable employment," the legislation states.
Additionally, the bill increases temporary total disability weekly benefits to $525 from $500 and hikes temporary partial disability benefits to $350 per week from $334.
The bill also includes the following provisions:
- Changes reimbursement of mileage to be paid within 15 days from the date the employer or insurer receives the charges.
- Reduces the interest on lump-sum payments of compensation from 7 percent to 5 percent.
- Repeals conflicting laws.
By Nancy Grover
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July 29, 2013
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