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How much tax do I owe on my workers’ compensation settlement in Georgia?

Unless your workers’ compensation payment reduces your Social Security benefits, the amount paid pursuant to a settlement or other judicial award are NOT taxable income, per IRS Publication 525. If your Social Security benefits have been reduced because of your workers’ compensation benefits, only that portion of your workers’ comp benefits is taxable. In addition to settlements, TTD (temporary  … Read more

What does it mean when my workers’ compensation lawyer files a lien on my case?

If you read your workers’ comp lawyer’s fee contract carefully, there’s probably a provision in there about what happens if you fire your attorney. Usually, the attorney will file a WC-108b with attached documentation outlining the number of hours spent on your claim and the administrative expenses incurred. The fee contract should lay out an hourly fee in case  … Read more

Is cutting off workers’ compensation benefits to illegal aliens a good idea?

There’s been a proposed bill for the Georgia Legislature that would attempt to change the current law in Georgia, which allows for workers’ compensation benefits regardless of citizenship status. Is this a good idea? Let’s see. It would give incentives to local businesses to hire illegal aliens instead of U.S. citizens, since doing so would keep workers’ compensation insurance premiums down  … Read more

Does the insurance company have to settle my workers’ compensation case?

The workers’ compensation insurer does not have to settle your workers’ comp claim in Georgia, but it usually will at some point. Because an accepted workers’ comp claim (i.e., one in which you have received disability benefits) means you are owed medical care related to your injury for the rest of your life, absent some  … 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

Can I get my medical mileage paid while on workers’ compensation in Georgia?

If your Georgia workers’ compensation claim is compensable, your employer and/or its workers’ compensation insurance company will pay for your medical expenses when traveling to authorized medical providers. This can include the following expenses: mileage (currently $.40/mile) to and from the doctor’s office, physical therapist’s office, and pharmacy parking at the medical providers’ offices meal  … Read more

Can I borrow money from my workers’ compensation attorney in Georgia?

The Georgia State Board of Workers’ Compensation Rules prohibit attorneys from lending money to their clients. Sometimes, unscrupulous attorneys will try to draw clients to their firms with promises of monetary loans or gifts in exchange for signing up to be represented by their firms.  However, this is an ethical breach and is clearly against the governing  … Read more

If I’m getting medical benefits from workers’ comp, do I need an attorney?

If you’re currently on workers’ compensation benefits and are getting medical care through the workers’ comp doctor, please know that the doctor has been chosen by the insurance company with the expectation that you are to be released back to full duty work as quickly as possible for as little cost as possible and with  … Read more

My lawyer waits 3 weeks to call me back, and when he finally does, I’m pretty sure he’s drunk. Should I fire him?

Sadly, you are not the first person to ask me this question and provide me this back story. I’ll tell you what I told the first person whose attorney only returned calls late at night, from a bar, and three weeks after he had left 70 voicemails: fax him a termination letter. It’s okay. Peace  … Read more