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If I’m an injured worker on workers’ compensation disability benefits, when will my payments run out?

If your workers’ compensation claim has been accepted, and you’re getting disability payments while you treat with a workers’ comp doctor and can’t work, the maximum amount of time you can receive temporary total disability (TTD) benefits is 400 weeks (about 7.5 years), unless your claim is deemed to be “catastrophic,” meaning you are unlikely  … Read more

I’m an undocumented worker without a social security number. Can I get workers’ comp in Georgia?

However you refer to them–Illegal aliens, undocumented workers, illegal immigrants, undocumented immigrants–the Georgia Supreme Court has ruled that they are entitled to workers’ compensation benefits. Workers’ compensation coverage comes via a contract with an insurance provider that includes employees of a qualifying employer. If that employer chooses to hire, or even unknowingly hires, a worker without a  … Read more

Can I get workers’ compensation benefits from jail?

Sometimes, an injured worker in Atlanta will get convicted of a crime and will have questions about whether or not someone who is receiving workers’ compensation benefits in Georgia can continue to get disability benefits while incarcerated. While the injured worker may continue to receive benefits after an arrest while awaiting trial, he will not be able  … Read more

Hispanic workers’ fatality rate up 76% over past 15 years

USA Today recently reported that, while workplace fatalities are down overall, Hispanic workplace fatalities are significantly up right now.  Certainly, if your spouse, parent, or other relative has been killed at work in Atlanta, please contact my Atlanta workers’ compensation law office for a free consultation regarding your rights as an heir.  Benefits after a workplace fatality vary by  … Read more

Georgians’ wages to go up on Friday, July 24th

As an Atlanta workers’ compensation attorney, I monitor developments in employee benefits and wages, as increases can affect injured workers’ temporary total disability (TTD) rates if they are completely disabled after a workplace injury in Atlanta, or their temporary partial disability rates (TPD), if they are partially disabled after getting hurt at work in Atlanta. Accordingly, the coming increase  … Read more

In injured on the job in Georgia, how do I have to give notice?

A workers’ compensation lawyer in metro Atlanta recently asked me to represent his client during oral arguments given to the appellate level of the State Board of Workers’ Compensation. The issue was whether or not adequate notice was given after an injury at work in Atlanta. Believe it or not, an appellate court in Georgia has held that, even when an  … Read more

How Long Do I Have to Give Notice of My Workplace Injury in Georgia?

Often in my Atlanta workers’ compensation practice, I’m asked when an injured worker should report his injury to his employer. Simply put, you should report your workplace injury as soon as possible, but no later than 30 days. Of course, if your injury is a disease or a repetitive motion injury that developed gradually, you are not expected  … Read more

Atlanta Workers Can Get Workers’ Compensation for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

In my Atlanta workers’ compensation practice, I often encounter injured workers who have developed pain in their wrists and hands. While most of us have heard of carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) as an ailment many administrative assistants can develop from years of typing, CTS can also be trauma induced and begin after a fall. Other risk factors for CTS  … Read more

Atlantans Vent about Georgia Workers’ Compensation Rights

The “vent” in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution allows readers a chance to display their frustrations.  A few days ago, the following rhetorical question was posted:  What good is Georgia’s Worker’s Comp program if it allows employers to fire you immediately upon filing a claim???? While Georgia does not have a cause of action for termination in this fashion  … Read more