Category: Is this a work-related injury?


Could injuring myself while fornicating on a business trip mean I get workers’ comp benefits?

Successfully proving that an injury during an after-hours tryst on a business trip arose out of and in the course of your employment (provided your vocation is one that is legal) is unlikely under Georgia workers’ compensation law.  But Australia is quite different in this regard.  And because I want my readers to be sophisticated in  … Read more

I slipped! I fell! Do I need a personal injury lawyer?

Our Atlanta law office recently got a phone call like this: Him:  “I just busted my ass at the hardware store!” Me:  “You brought your donkey to the hardware store?  Are you Amish?” So you’ve slipped, you’ve fallen, and you’ve gotten up only to find yourself in a bad situation physically. Sometimes mere accidents turn into something  … Read more

If I’m injured while on a boat, does workers’ compensation law apply to me?

To kick off the New Year, Dannie Joe Eiland filed suit in Hawaii District Court (Eiland v. Smith Maritime LLC et al) against his employers. Eiland, a married father of four with another child on the way, was injured while at work on motor tug M/V Niolo. His injuries resulted in medical expenses, time out of work,  … 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

If I’m attacked at work, can I get workers’ compensation in Georgia?

Sadly, acts of violence in the workplace are not uncommon, and depending on the circumstances surrounding the attack, injuries sustained because of a coworker’s or customer’s violence can be covered under the Georgia Workers’ Compensation Act. One of my clients has attracted some local media attention because of the circumstances that precipitated her injury at work in  … Read more

Atlanta workers’ compensation clients often ask, “How can I tell if my injury is work-related?”

Under the Georgia Workers’ Compensation Act, an injury is compensable if it occurs “by an accident that arises out of and in the course of” employment.  What does that mean? An accident arises out of employment when there’s a causal connection between work circumstances and the injury.  Ask yourself, “Did my work duties cause me to  … Read more