Category: Legal News and Oddities


Does Georgia need workers’ compensation reform?

Here in Georgia, there is active discussion about reforming workers’ compensation laws very soon. I’m not so sure that this would be the best course of action for us as a state, in light of the recent fallout as the result of heavy-handed, poorly-managed reforms undertaken in Illinois. Recently, feeling unduly burdened by the way that  … Read more

Georgia woman wins workers’ compensation benefits on appeal

In a grim turn of events, a Georgia woman lost a foot as the result of a 2010 work-related accident. Initially, the administrative law judge (ALJ) over her case granted workers’ compensation benefits. Upon review, the State Board of Workers’ Compensation reversed the ALJ’s decision and took away the previously-granted benefits. Vanessa Stokes, a former head  … Read more

Can my social media use somehow become part of my workers’ compensation case?

Where worker’s compensation cases are concerned, insurance company attorneys will look for information about a Plaintiff wherever they can. Well, it appears that –for the most part– enthusiastic users of social media sites and applications can rest easy for now; some recent legal decisions indicate that judges aren’t in any hurry to give blanket access to Plaintiff status  … Read more

If dogs become people (rather than property) under the law, will they eventually get workers’ comp benefits?

Some people refer to their pets as their ‘fur babies’ and regard them as their children. One woman in Manhattan wants the state of New York to legally recognize this bond by declaring her pup’s ‘humanity’ and officially recognizing that the dog is “considered a living soul that feels pain” and that the “pain and suffering is  … Read more

When can I get assessed attorney’s fees in a workers’ compensation case in Georgia?

One can be awarded attorney’s fees–in addition to the amount awarded, as opposed to as a percentage of the amount awarded–in a few instances under the Georgia Workers’ Compensation Act. Basically, the insurance company needs to have behaved “unreasonably.” While getting an Administrative Law Judge to find that an insurance company or its attorney has  … Read more

How can I get free IT training after I settle my Georgia workers’ compensation claim?

Year Up is an intensive training program that lasts one year and provides young, urban-dwelling adults in the 18-24 age bracket with an opportunity to get technical and professional skills, college credits, an educational stipend, and corporate apprenticeship. Here is the website for more information: www.yearup.org  The program asks for a one year commitment between the  … Read more

Coming to a TV station near you: “Workers Comp”

Two days ago, filming began in Sarasota, Florida on an independent comedy pilot featuring a family-owned insurance company that “handles all kinds of weird claims.”  Morgan Fairchild stars. One can assume that the rarely-seen outliers of workers’ compensation claims will be staples of this show:  the malingering claimant who doesn’t want to work, the drug-seeking person who  … 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 is my witness fee if I’m subpoenaed under the Georgia Civil Practice Act from outside the county?

Under O.C.G.A. § 24-10-24, if you receive a subpoena to testify in court in Georgia, whether for a workers’ compensation hearing or other civil action here, your witness fee is $25 per day and $.20 per mile (roundtrip) for traveling expenses.  This is required for service to be valid if your residence is outside the county where the  … Read more