Workers’ Compensation fraud means we all hemorrhage dollars.

If you were to hear the phrase ‘workers’ compensation fraud’, what would it bring to mind? It seems that most people might assume that phrase means that the system is being gamed by employees seeking benefits to which they are not entitled. In fact, the phrase ‘workers’ compensation fraud’ more aptly describes the actions by  … Read more

Facebook photos result in loss of workers’ compensation benefits

Remember back in January when I told you that where workers’ compensation cases are concerned, insurance company attorneys would look for information about a Plaintiff wherever they could…. including social media? Well, apparently Zakery Clement didn’t read that particular post, which wouldn’t be that much of a problem, except that he could have benefited from my second bullet  … Read more

Georgia State Board of Workers’ Compensation offers quick option for resolving issues!

The Georgia State Board of Workers’ Compensation has announced that attorneys can call the Board to submit a request for a conference call with the administrative law judge (ALJ) assigned to a claim with regard to certain issues. This option is available should a need for resolution arise on matters that haven’t been disputed and  … Read more

Does Georgia need workers’ compensation reform?

Here in Georgia, there is active discussion about reforming workers’ compensation laws very soon. I’m not so sure that this would be the best course of action for us as a state, in light of the recent fallout as the result of heavy-handed, poorly-managed reforms undertaken in Illinois. Recently, feeling unduly burdened by the way that  … Read more

Georgia woman wins workers’ compensation benefits on appeal

In a grim turn of events, a Georgia woman lost a foot as the result of a 2010 work-related accident. Initially, the administrative law judge (ALJ) over her case granted workers’ compensation benefits. Upon review, the State Board of Workers’ Compensation reversed the ALJ’s decision and took away the previously-granted benefits. Vanessa Stokes, a former head  … Read more

Can my social media use somehow become part of my workers’ compensation case?

Where worker’s compensation cases are concerned, insurance company attorneys will look for information about a Plaintiff wherever they can. Well, it appears that –for the most part– enthusiastic users of social media sites and applications can rest easy for now; some recent legal decisions indicate that judges aren’t in any hurry to give blanket access to Plaintiff status  … 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

If dogs become people (rather than property) under the law, will they eventually get workers’ comp benefits?

Some people refer to their pets as their ‘fur babies’ and regard them as their children. One woman in Manhattan wants the state of New York to legally recognize this bond by declaring her pup’s ‘humanity’ and officially recognizing that the dog is “considered a living soul that feels pain” and that the “pain and suffering is  … Read more

Can the workers’ comp insurance company’s lawyer talk to my doctor without me?

The Georgia Court of Appeals has, fairly recently, decided that injured workers cannot be forced to sign away medical privacy rights–specifically, the right to refuse consent for the opposing attorney to meet alone with the treating doctor and tell him/her God knows what–in order to continue getting workers’ compensation disability benefits. A brief summary of  … Read more

Atlanta workers’ compensation lawyer introduces “The Compulator” app

Unable to find an itunes application that will assist with evaluating exposure in a workers’ compensation claim, Atlanta workers’ compensation attorney Michael Moebes created an app to do just that. “The Compulator” was designed to serve as a tool for litigation attorneys, insurance adjusters, and injured plaintiffs to analyze case exposure and negotiate settlements at mediations. Features include a  … Read more