The state of Georgia established the system of workers' compensation to provide benefits to employees for medical treatment and wages while they recover from an on-the-job injury.
A key element of successfully arguing for these benefits, however, is proving that you are an employee. For those who work as independent contractors, this is more complicated than you might think - but it's not impossible, despite the fact that Georgia's workers' compensation law doesn't technically cover independent contractors.
However, many independent contractors are wrongly classified by the employer in the first place. That is, just because a company labels a worker as an independent contractor, using a form 1099 for withholding taxes, does not necessarily mean that the person would not be considered an employee under state law.