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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

I can’t make ends meet on temporary disability benefits. Do I have options?

Certainly, living off of 2/3 your pre-injury wage can be difficult, especially if you used to make more than $750/week and are stuck at the maximum workers’ compensation rate in Georgia of $500/week. There are a couple of options you can employ to try and get some assistance. First, there are several companies that offer  … Read more

The workers’ compensation adjuster just sent me a check for a disability rating. Does this mean my case is settled?

If you’ve been on workers’ compensation benefits in Georgia and/or are treating with a workers’ compensation doctor after your workplace injury, once you reach maximum medical improvement (“MMI”), your doctor may give you a permanent partial disability (“PPD”) rating. This is a percentage based on the American Medical Association (“AMA”) guidelines. The Georgia Workers’ Compensation Act provides formulas  … Read more

I just got a letter saying my workers’ compensation benefits will be cut off. Now what?

Don’t panic just yet. In the past few weeks, I’ve seen several WC-2 filings indicating a client’s workers’ compensation disability benefits were about to be suspended, but the insurance adjuster did something incorrectly, meaning benefits were immediately recommenced (along with some penalties and fees). For example, if the adjuster filed a WC-240 commanding you to  … Read more