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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

My workers’ compensation lawyer says I have a deposition this week. Can I just skip it?

When you file a workers’ compensation claim in Georgia, more than likely, the defense attorney is going to schedule your deposition. It’s your opportunity to answer questions about your injury and its aftermath while showing what a great witness you’ll make at any upcoming hearing. While you may not want to spend a couple of hours  … Read more

Can my spouse get paid as an attendant care provider under Georgia workers’ compensation law?

If you’ve been injured on the job in Georgia and need constant care from someone, why not let that person be your spouse? You know you expect him/her to wear that little nurse outfit on Halloween…what about the other 364 days of the year? While the notion that a spouse can provide attendant care had  … Read more

Should I show up for my Atlanta workers’ compensation hearing without my attorney?

As we’ve already learned, Georgia workers’ compensation hearings are frequently postponed.  What if you’ve received a Notice of Hearing in the mail, and the hearing is a day or two away, but you haven’t heard from your workers’ comp attorney?  Do you show up at the State Board of Workers’ Compensation anyway? No. When I was  … Read more

Should I engage in nude dancing while receiving workers’ comp disability benefits in Georgia?

As much fun as nude dancing while getting a temporary total disability check from your Georgia workers’ compensation claim may sound, you may be prosecuted for insurance fraud if you’re receiving disability payments and working at the same time. Even if you consider exotic dancing or stripping to be far from “working,” the insurance commissioner  … Read more

If I’m a healthcare professional and hurt my back at work, do I have more say in my medical care?

Several of my clients are nurses, nurse practitioners, or physicians’ assistants. They tend injure their backs while lifting patients: disc bulges, disc protrusions, herniated discs, sciatica, etc. Because they have backgrounds in medicine, they often want to have more control and “say” in how their care is delivered. If your workers’ compensation claim is accepted  … Read more

It’s April 15. Does this mean I need an Atlanta workers’ compensation attorney?

Having trouble paying your taxes because you’ve been injured at work in Georgia? Then you need a workers’ compensation attorney. Frustrated because the Titanic sank on this day, like your income potential from getting hurt? You obviously need a good workers’ comp lawyer. Trying to figure out whether anyone will bring you chocolate on Earth  … Read more

If the Georgia State Board of Workers’ Compensation sends my case to mediation, do I have to accept?

Most of the time, if you and the employer and/or insurer have been scheduled to mediate your Georgia workers’ compensation claim, it is arranged by agreement of both sides and by filing a Board Form WC-100 with both sides’ signatures. However, I have been involved in a contentious workers’ compensation hearing in Atlanta, and the  … Read more