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Was an EMT’s injury idiopathic when she stood up from her desk?

The Georgia Court of Appeals evaluated a case this summer titled Chambers v. Monroe County Board of Commissioners that involved an injury the Employer argued was “idiopathic” (i.e., that it could have happened anywhere, so it shouldn’t be covered by workers’ compensation insurance).  After the claimant won at the initial hearing, she was overturned at  … Read more

What does your client expect from her workers’ comp settlement?

For the past few weeks, I’ve been negotiating back and forth with an insurance defense attorney at an Atlanta firm about my client’s potential workers’ compensation settlement.  An arthroscopic surgery has been prescribed.  My client wants to get the treatment; the insurer doesn’t want to pay for it, even though the claim is accepted. After  … Read more

Georgia Employer Cited After Worker’s Death

Jack Smiley of Smiley Plaster Co. can attest that ignorance, or the appearance thereof, is not necessarily bliss. In September 2013, a 42-year-old worker fell to his death while applying stucco to a pre-existing building on the campus of East Georgia State in Swainsboro. After conducting a thorough investigation of the fatality, the Occupational Health  … Read more

Elevator Injuries Result in Catastrophic Injuries and Fatalities

Elevator accidents may sound like random events scripted in Hollywood action films, but the startling reality is many people are severely injured by elevators every year. Outdated and ineffective elevator technology is being cited in an increasing number of personal injury cases. Children in particular are frequent victims to catastrophic elevator accidents that often end  … Read more