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My Atlanta workers’ compensation attorney looks a shade over 12. Should I be concerned?

No.  More than likely, his youthful appearance is due to his passionate representation of his clients and a strong belief in what he does. Have you ever seen someone who’s spent 20 years at a job he didn’t like? It shows. Such people have bad posture and frown lines.  They also swear a lot. Another  … Read more

Even pirates recognized the importance of workers’ compensation benefits

Per an article in the Victoria Advocate, a new book, “The Invisible Hook: The Hidden Economics of Pirates,” portrays pirates as a progressive lot, politically and economically. They embraced democracy, were quite tolerant of racial and sexual differences, and even created an early form of worker’s compensation and health care. If a shipload of rogues can  … Read more

When can I expect a check after settling my workers’ compensation claim in Georgia?

After mediating or otherwise settling a workers’ compensation claim, my clients frequently want to know when they’re going to get paid. With the Georgia State Board of Workers’ Compensation’s fairly recent switch to paperless filings through its ICMS system (Integrated Claims Management System), workers’ compensation claims in Atlanta and elsewhere in Georgia are getting approved quite quickly.   … Read more

Can an Independent Contractor Get Workers’ Compensation in Georgia?

Just because your employer has you listed as an independent contractor on paper does not necessarily mean you are an independent contractor under the Georgia Workers’ Compensation Act. There are several factors courts will examine to make a determination regarding whether or not the place you work is your employer when you get hurt at work  … Read more

What happens when my workers’ compensation doctor says I’m at MMI (maximum medical improvement) in Georgia?

Unlike Florida and a few other states, in Georgia, your workers’ compensation indemnity benefits will not be cut off when you hit MMI (maximum medical improvement). Your authorized treating physician (ATP) may issue an impairment rating if you have a percentage of permanent partial disability (called a PPD rating) that will be paid based on  … Read more

How will I live on the reduced income Georgia workers’ compensation provides?

Last week, I was asked to speak at an event in Buckhead called “Living on Purpose and with a Vision.” My topic was “How to Win with Money.” In my Atlanta workers’ compensation law practice, I work with clients to resolve their legal issues, of course, but we also work to resolve financial issues that living on  … Read more

How much can I get in pain and suffering from my workers’ compensation claim in Georgia?

Unfortunately, if you are hurt at work in Atlanta and file a Georgia workers’ compensation claim, you cannot get pain and suffering. Workers’ comp in Georgia pays disability benefits to replace your income, medical benefits to give you access to health care, and any permanent impairment rating your treating doctor gives. Incidentally, there are no punitive damages  … Read more

Should I bother filing a workers’ compensation claim in Georgia when my employer has no insurance?

Unfortunately, some employers, despite their being required to carry workers’ compensation insurance in Georgia when they have more than two employees, do not have workers’ comp insurance or have let their policies lapse. My Atlanta workers’ compensation law office has helped several clients this year who have faced this predicament.  If you have been hurt at work  … Read more

If I’m hurt at work in Georgia, when will my medical care run out?

If you are hurt at work in Georgia, workers’ compensation will cover medical care related to your injury. Even if you reach maximum medical improvement, continuing therapy, pain management, and other medical care will be provided. Sometimes, an injured worker can have a change in condition for the worse and require additional medical care years after  … Read more

Is it possible to have a workers’ comp claim and a personal injury claim from one accident in Georgia?

Several of the cases my workers’ compensation law office in Atlanta is handling involve clients who have had injuries at work caused by another party’s negligence. Thus, they have a workers’ compensation claim and a personal injury lawsuit stemming from the same injury or injuries. Injuries stemming from trucking or other motor vehicle accidents often present these  … Read more