Category: Help for Injuries


What’s the difference between acute and overuse workplace injuries to shoulders and knees?

We’ve covered quite a few injuries now in the ongoing series of articles about the kinds of injuries that our practice handles for workers’ compensation clients. Today I’d like to discuss knee and shoulder injuries. Obviously, those joints are crucial to any physical activity, work or otherwise. Simply put, without healthy knees and shoulders, the arms and legs aren’t  … Read more

I hurt my back at work and don’t understand what’s wrong with my spine!

Few injuries can have the pervasive effect of a back injury. The pain can be debilitating and invade everything you do. It isn’t until your back is hurt that you realize just how many movements are dependent upon it. By the grace of your back go you. Back injuries are not just incapacitating, they are  … Read more

In the wake of school shooting, Connecticut legislator seeks to expand workers’ comp benefits for first responders

Last month, a horrific scene met first responders at an elementary school in a sleepy Connecticut town. In the wake of the shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary, there is plenty of talk about legislation pertaining to mental health and gun control. Lawmakers in Connecticut, however, are adding another layer to the discussion: They want to  … Read more

Judge orders former Atlanta Falcons players to seek Georgia workers’ comp benefits

Back in March of this year, the Atlanta Falcons and the NFL brought suit against several former football players in a move to block them from filing for workers’ compensation benefits in the state of California. A twenty-page ruling in that case this week found against the players, and mandates that they must seek compensation here in  … Read more

What can I do if the workers’ comp insurer denies a medical referral from my doctor?

Sometimes, for no apparent reason, a workers’ compensation insurance company will decide that a referral for surgery or for additional treatment with another doctor, even when the recommendation or referral came from the workers’ comp authorized treating physician, is not authorized. Often, we see this when the recommendation is for pain management, psychiatric care, or  … Read more

How can I manage the back pain I have from my injury at work?

Most of the workers’ compensation claims our Georgia practice handles includes back injuries and back pain from related injuries. Back pain often follows a work-related lifting injury, a fall at work, or workplace injuries to knees that alter the injured worker’s gait. Below are some suggestions for dealing with back pain that can relieve aching  … Read more

How do I deal with the pain my workers’ compensation injury has caused me?

A common denominator found in the hundreds of clients our firm has helped over the past couple of years is pain: physical, mental, emotional, etc. The most pronounced and debilitating of these, however, is usually physical. Most clients have prescribed medications from their workers’ compensation doctors, but they don’t want to get too reliant on  … Read more

What can I expect at my workers’ compensation IME (independent medical examination)?

Recently, a workers’ compensation client of mine whose authorized treating physician ordered surgery went into the doctor’s office for the “pre op,” got mentally and physically ready for the surgery, showed up for the procedure, and then learned that the insurance adjuster had called her doctor’s office to cancel it.  No reason was given; the adjuster just  … Read more

What does my lawyer mean when he says I had a “fictional new accident”?

Georgia workers’ compensation law provides that an aggravation of an old, pre-existing injury is treated as a new accident. Sometimes, such an aggravation does not occur in one specific incident or trauma, but rather happens over time while working at a more strenuous job. If you aggravate an injury by working at a later job  … Read more

Whom should I have testify at my Atlanta workers’ compensation hearing?

An Atlanta police officer is taking his Georgia workers’ compensation case to a hearing at the State Board of Workers’ Compensation in Atlanta, and several of his colleagues from the APD are rallying around him and his case to support his fight to get the medical care he needs to recover from his workplace injuries. Just as  … Read more