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

What can I do if the workers’ comp insurer denies a medical referral from my doctor?

Sometimes, for no apparent reason, a workers’ compensation insurance company will decide that a referral for surgery or for additional treatment with another doctor, even when the recommendation or referral came from the workers’ comp authorized treating physician, is not authorized. Often, we see this when the recommendation is for pain management, psychiatric care, or  … Read more

Why does my injury lawyer look like a NASCAR driver?

During the month of November, Atlanta injury attorney Michael Moebes is participating in “Movember,” a charitable event in which men use the outward sign of growing mustaches to raise awareness and money for the eradication of cancers affecting men. The funds raised are directed to programs run directly by Movember and its men’s health partners,  … Read more

How can I manage the back pain I have from my injury at work?

Most of the workers’ compensation claims our Georgia practice handles includes back injuries and back pain from related injuries. Back pain often follows a work-related lifting injury, a fall at work, or workplace injuries to knees that alter the injured worker’s gait. Below are some suggestions for dealing with back pain that can relieve aching  … Read more