On July 1, 1977, The Georgia General Assembly enacted legislation establishing the Subsequent Injury Trust Fund. It is designed to reduce the impact of singularly-large workers' compensation claims in the event a worker with a disability is injured on the job, and aggravates a pre-existing impairment.
The Fund helps workers with disabilities by providing employers, who are not subject to the American With Disabilities Act, with incentives to hire or retain qualified workers with disabilities, and assists all insured employers by keeping workers' compensation premiums under control. If an employer is self-insured, it keeps the workers' compensation exposure at the deductible levels. Although the Subsequent Injury Trust Fund is a separate state agency, the State Board of Workers' Compensation and the Fund work closely together.