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How to Spell the Name of an Outstanding Workers’ Compensation Attorney

I’m frequently asked to spell my name over the telephone with new workers’ compensation clients, opposing attorneys, and insurance adjusters. Because of my 14-year military background, this question normally leads me into my default method of phonetic spelling:  Mike, Oscar, Echo, Bravo, Echo, Sierra. However, the letters are often lost on the listener, either from a  … Read more

Learning from Hockey Players Can Help You in a Car Accident

Apparently, we can learn a lesson from attaching accelerometers to ice hockey players’ helmets, according to a study conducted at UNC-Chapel Hill and referenced in a fairly recent study in the journal Pediatrics. Representing injured workers in car accidents throughout Atlanta and Georgia, our firm regularly learns of the dangers inherent in driving on our interstates.   … 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 research other Georgia workers’ compensation Administrative Law Judge decisions?

The Georgia State Board of Workers’ Compensation has, relatively recently, added a hyperlink on its website that allows searching for Administrative Law Judges’ decisions from workers’ compensation hearings in Georgia. So, if you’re wondering what a workers’ comp decision looks like, what’s important v. unimportant to an ALJ, or what issues are most frequently litigated, take a  … 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