A catastrophic injury is one of the most serious type of workers’ compensation claim. As such, there are strict criteria that must be met to qualify for benefits with this designation. The Georgia Workers’ Compensation Act defines this type of claim as one or more of the following:

  • An employee sustained a severe brain or closed head injury.
  • An employee has a spinal cord injury resulting in severe paralysis of the arm, leg, or trunk.
  • The injury resulted in the amputation of an arm, a hand, a foot, or a leg.
  • The injury resulted in second or third degree burns covering more than 25 percent of the body or third degree burns covering 5 percent or more of the worker’s face or hands.
  • The worker has a diagnosis of industrial or total blindness.
  • The employee’s injuries render him unable to perform his prior work, as well as any additional work available for which he is otherwise qualified.

The State Board of Workers’ Compensation handles catastrophic injury claims differently from non-catastrophic claims. Workers’ are typically eligible for greater compensation and medical/vocational rehabilitation benefits.


Catastrophic workplace accidents need legal attention to make sure all worker rights stay protected.  These types of claims can involve rejections, denials, insurance company mistakes, insurance company bad faith issues, and other complex issues that require experienced legal representation. Pasley, Nuce, Mallory & Davis, LLC can make all the difference in the outcome of your claim. We can help you file with the board, seek the right medical care, and maximize your benefits.


At Pasley, Nuce, Mallory & Davis, LLC, we have dedicated attorneys with known workers’ compensation knowledge and experience to help with your catastrophic claim.  Contact us at any of our four locations for a free consultation to see how we can put our experience to work for you.