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

Macon workers’ compensation administrative law judge orders access to Facebook and MySpace pages

If you have a Georgia workers’ compensation claim and use social media, such asMySpace, FaceBook, Foursquare, and the like, please be aware that your status updates, pictures, and check-in locations are likely monitored by investigators, adjusters, and defense attorneys.  Hopefully, by now, most folks realize their internet exclamations aren’t private. However, even if your updates and posts  … 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

My Atlanta workers’ compensation attorney looks a shade over 12. Should I be concerned?

No.  More than likely, his youthful appearance is due to his passionate representation of his clients and a strong belief in what he does. Have you ever seen someone who’s spent 20 years at a job he didn’t like? It shows. Such people have bad posture and frown lines.  They also swear a lot. Another  … Read more