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

My Georgia workers’ compensation doctor sucks. Can I get another opinion?

If you’re hurt at work in Georgia, and your employer has a valid panel of physicians, you likely started your medical care with a doctor from that panel. Since these panels are chosen by workers’ compensation insurance companies, however, the treating doctors’ interests may not align with yours, and you may find that you do not  … 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 Georgia workers’ compensation claim’s hearing was postponed. Is that normal?

Unfortunately, the Atlanta State Board of Workers’ Compensation has a few Administrative Law Judges and many, many Georgia workers’ compensation claims to be heard at each calendar call. In my experience, at least 99% of “first set” hearings are postponed at least 30 days. More often than not, even “second set” hearings are postponed. Why? When my Atlanta  … 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

Even pirates recognized the importance of workers’ compensation benefits

Per an article in the Victoria Advocate, a new book, “The Invisible Hook: The Hidden Economics of Pirates,” portrays pirates as a progressive lot, politically and economically. They embraced democracy, were quite tolerant of racial and sexual differences, and even created an early form of worker’s compensation and health care. If a shipload of rogues can  … Read more

When can I expect a check after settling my workers’ compensation claim in Georgia?

After mediating or otherwise settling a workers’ compensation claim, my clients frequently want to know when they’re going to get paid. With the Georgia State Board of Workers’ Compensation’s fairly recent switch to paperless filings through its ICMS system (Integrated Claims Management System), workers’ compensation claims in Atlanta and elsewhere in Georgia are getting approved quite quickly.   … Read more

Can an Independent Contractor Get Workers’ Compensation in Georgia?

Just because your employer has you listed as an independent contractor on paper does not necessarily mean you are an independent contractor under the Georgia Workers’ Compensation Act. There are several factors courts will examine to make a determination regarding whether or not the place you work is your employer when you get hurt at work  … Read more

What happens when my workers’ compensation doctor says I’m at MMI (maximum medical improvement) in Georgia?

Unlike Florida and a few other states, in Georgia, your workers’ compensation indemnity benefits will not be cut off when you hit MMI (maximum medical improvement). Your authorized treating physician (ATP) may issue an impairment rating if you have a percentage of permanent partial disability (called a PPD rating) that will be paid based on  … Read more