How can I get free IT training after I settle my Georgia workers’ compensation claim?

Year Up is an intensive training program that lasts one year and provides young, urban-dwelling adults in the 18-24 age bracket with an opportunity to get technical and professional skills, college credits, an educational stipend, and corporate apprenticeship. Here is the website for more information: www.yearup.org  The program asks for a one year commitment between the  … Read more

Coming to a TV station near you: “Workers Comp”

Two days ago, filming began in Sarasota, Florida on an independent comedy pilot featuring a family-owned insurance company that “handles all kinds of weird claims.”  Morgan Fairchild stars. One can assume that the rarely-seen outliers of workers’ compensation claims will be staples of this show:  the malingering claimant who doesn’t want to work, the drug-seeking person who  … Read more

What can I expect at my workers’ compensation IME (independent medical examination)?

Recently, a workers’ compensation client of mine whose authorized treating physician ordered surgery went into the doctor’s office for the “pre op,” got mentally and physically ready for the surgery, showed up for the procedure, and then learned that the insurance adjuster had called her doctor’s office to cancel it.  No reason was given; the adjuster just  … Read more

What is my witness fee if I’m subpoenaed under the Georgia Civil Practice Act from outside the county?

Under O.C.G.A. § 24-10-24, if you receive a subpoena to testify in court in Georgia, whether for a workers’ compensation hearing or other civil action here, your witness fee is $25 per day and $.20 per mile (roundtrip) for traveling expenses.  This is required for service to be valid if your residence is outside the county where the  … Read more

How much tax do I owe on my workers’ compensation settlement in Georgia?

Unless your workers’ compensation payment reduces your Social Security benefits, the amount paid pursuant to a settlement or other judicial award are NOT taxable income, per IRS Publication 525. If your Social Security benefits have been reduced because of your workers’ compensation benefits, only that portion of your workers’ comp benefits is taxable. In addition to settlements, TTD (temporary  … Read more

What does it mean when my workers’ compensation lawyer files a lien on my case?

If you read your workers’ comp lawyer’s fee contract carefully, there’s probably a provision in there about what happens if you fire your attorney. Usually, the attorney will file a WC-108b with attached documentation outlining the number of hours spent on your claim and the administrative expenses incurred. The fee contract should lay out an hourly fee in case  … Read more

Is cutting off workers’ compensation benefits to illegal aliens a good idea?

There’s been a proposed bill for the Georgia Legislature that would attempt to change the current law in Georgia, which allows for workers’ compensation benefits regardless of citizenship status. Is this a good idea? Let’s see. It would give incentives to local businesses to hire illegal aliens instead of U.S. citizens, since doing so would keep workers’ compensation insurance premiums down  … Read more

Does the insurance company have to settle my workers’ compensation case?

The workers’ compensation insurer does not have to settle your workers’ comp claim in Georgia, but it usually will at some point. Because an accepted workers’ comp claim (i.e., one in which you have received disability benefits) means you are owed medical care related to your injury for the rest of your life, absent some  … 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

Whom should I have testify at my Atlanta workers’ compensation hearing?

An Atlanta police officer is taking his Georgia workers’ compensation case to a hearing at the State Board of Workers’ Compensation in Atlanta, and several of his colleagues from the APD are rallying around him and his case to support his fight to get the medical care he needs to recover from his workplace injuries. Just as  … Read more