Should I engage in nude dancing while receiving workers’ comp disability benefits in Georgia?

As much fun as nude dancing while getting a temporary total disability check from your Georgia workers’ compensation claim may sound, you may be prosecuted for insurance fraud if you’re receiving disability payments and working at the same time. Even if you consider exotic dancing or stripping to be far from “working,” the insurance commissioner  … Read more

If I’m a healthcare professional and hurt my back at work, do I have more say in my medical care?

Several of my clients are nurses, nurse practitioners, or physicians’ assistants. They tend injure their backs while lifting patients: disc bulges, disc protrusions, herniated discs, sciatica, etc. Because they have backgrounds in medicine, they often want to have more control and “say” in how their care is delivered. If your workers’ compensation claim is accepted  … Read more

How should I respond to questions about past injuries and claims in my workers’ comp deposition?

If you file a workers’ compensation hearing request in Georgia, you will almost certainly have your deposition taken by the insurance defense attorney. You may be a bit nervous about sitting in a conference room with a couple of lawyers and a court reporter, but in general, it’s not an event to dread. Your deposition  … Read more

It’s April 15. Does this mean I need an Atlanta workers’ compensation attorney?

Having trouble paying your taxes because you’ve been injured at work in Georgia? Then you need a workers’ compensation attorney. Frustrated because the Titanic sank on this day, like your income potential from getting hurt? You obviously need a good workers’ comp lawyer. Trying to figure out whether anyone will bring you chocolate on Earth  … Read more

If the Georgia State Board of Workers’ Compensation sends my case to mediation, do I have to accept?

Most of the time, if you and the employer and/or insurer have been scheduled to mediate your Georgia workers’ compensation claim, it is arranged by agreement of both sides and by filing a Board Form WC-100 with both sides’ signatures. However, I have been involved in a contentious workers’ compensation hearing in Atlanta, and the  … Read more

How can I tell if my boss has Georgia workers’ compensation insurance?

The State Board of Workers’ Compensation in Atlanta has a website that will assist you in looking up your employer to see if the company carries a Georgia workers’ compensation insurance policy, as it is likely required by law to do, assuming there are three or more employees.  Use this resource to see who the workers’ compensation insurer is  … Read more

If I’m on workers’ compensation disability in Georgia, am I required to see the panel doctor?

If you’re receiving temporary total disability benefits for your Georgia workers’ compensation claim, you need to attend the medical appointments scheduled with the doctor from the panel of physicians, or the agreed-upon authorized treating doctor. Otherwise, the workers’ comp insurance company may request that your disability benefits be suspended for failure to cooperate with medical treatment. More than likely,  … Read more

My Georgia workers’ compensation adjuster cut off my benefits after a light duty release. Is this okay?

No. I’ve seen several Georgia workers’ compensation insurance adjusters cut off a workers’ comp claimant’s disability benefits after a treating doctor has released him to light duty lately. This is a mistake (or it could be on purpose). Either way, it’s not allowed, unless several steps outlined in O.C.G.A. 34-9-240 are followed. Basically, your authorized  … Read more

Should I call my Atlanta workers’ compensation attorney 12 times a day if my TTD check is late?

Sometimes, for no identifiable reason, an injured worker who is receiving workers’ compensation benefits will not get his or her temporary total disability check on the day it normally arrives. The workers’ comp insurance company might have a glitch, or the workers’ comp adjuster may have decided to find new ways of expressing her worship  … Read more