Category: Income Benefits


What will the 2016 tax bill be for my workers’ compensation check in Georgia?

Every year during the first few months of a new year, this question comes up from clients.  The simple answer is “none.” However, per IRS Publication 525, if you’re on Social Security, and it has been reduced by the amount of workers’ compensation benefits you’re being paid, that amount is likely taxable.  However, for the  … Read more

What will the taxes be on my workers’ comp benefits or settlement?

As a Atlanta workers comp lawyer, every year during the first few months of a new year, this question comes up from clients.  The simple answer is “none.”  However, per IRS Publication 525, if you’re on Social Security, and it has been reduced by the amount of workers’ compensation benefits you’re being paid, that amount is  … Read more

What are some good ways I can totally screw up my workers’ comp case?

Workers’ compensation benefits may seem untouchable when they begin to flow in for the first few weeks, but it is important to consult with a Atlanta workers compensation lawyer to make certain that as an injured individual, incapable of working, you are taking all steps necessary to keep your checks coming while you recover. In  … Read more

If my job fires me because I was hurt at work, can I get TTD (temporary total disability)?

While an employer in Georgia can fire you after a workers’ comp claim, my firm has seen it, (or even because of it) without giving rise to a wrongful termination suit under any type of state law, it can mean you get workers’ compensation disability benefits without being required to look for work, as one  … Read more

Will the workers’ compensation insurer send me a 1099 or W-2?

Every year about this time, I get questions similar to the above one about whether or not the workers’ compensation insurer will send a claimant tax forms accounting for the weekly TTD (temporary total disability) checks or settlement funds from the previous year.  I’m not a CPA or a tax attorney, but since workers’ comp  … Read more

If you’re going to get hurt at work in Georgia, do it before July 1, 2013

Starting Monday, July 1, 2013, workers’ compensation medical benefits will be drastically reduced for injured workers in Georgia. GA House Bill 154, passed by the Georgia General Assembly a few months ago, will be effective next week. One of its provisions is that medical benefits for injured workers will stop at 400 weeks (like income benefits  … Read more

How will I live on the reduced income Georgia workers’ compensation provides?

Last week, I was asked to speak at an event in Buckhead called “Living on Purpose and with a Vision.” My topic was “How to Win with Money.” In my Atlanta workers’ compensation law practice, I work with clients to resolve their legal issues, of course, but we also work to resolve financial issues that living on  … Read more

How much can I get in pain and suffering from my workers’ compensation claim in Georgia?

Unfortunately, if you are hurt at work in Atlanta and file a Georgia workers’ compensation claim, you cannot get pain and suffering. Workers’ comp in Georgia pays disability benefits to replace your income, medical benefits to give you access to health care, and any permanent impairment rating your treating doctor gives. Incidentally, there are no punitive damages  … Read more

I’m an undocumented worker without a social security number. Can I get workers’ comp in Georgia?

However you refer to them–Illegal aliens, undocumented workers, illegal immigrants, undocumented immigrants–the Georgia Supreme Court has ruled that they are entitled to workers’ compensation benefits. Workers’ compensation coverage comes via a contract with an insurance provider that includes employees of a qualifying employer. If that employer chooses to hire, or even unknowingly hires, a worker without a  … Read more

Can I get workers’ compensation benefits from jail?

Sometimes, an injured worker in Atlanta will get convicted of a crime and will have questions about whether or not someone who is receiving workers’ compensation benefits in Georgia can continue to get disability benefits while incarcerated. While the injured worker may continue to receive benefits after an arrest while awaiting trial, he will not be able  … Read more