How will I live on the reduced income Georgia workers’ compensation provides?

Last week, I was asked to speak at an event in Buckhead called “Living on Purpose and with a Vision.” My topic was “How to Win with Money.” In my Atlanta workers’ compensation law practice, I work with clients to resolve their legal issues, of course, but we also work to resolve financial issues that living on  … Read more

How much can I get in pain and suffering from my workers’ compensation claim in Georgia?

Unfortunately, if you are hurt at work in Atlanta and file a Georgia workers’ compensation claim, you cannot get pain and suffering. Workers’ comp in Georgia pays disability benefits to replace your income, medical benefits to give you access to health care, and any permanent impairment rating your treating doctor gives. Incidentally, there are no punitive damages  … Read more

Should I bother filing a workers’ compensation claim in Georgia when my employer has no insurance?

Unfortunately, some employers, despite their being required to carry workers’ compensation insurance in Georgia when they have more than two employees, do not have workers’ comp insurance or have let their policies lapse. My Atlanta workers’ compensation law office has helped several clients this year who have faced this predicament.  If you have been hurt at work  … Read more

If I’m hurt at work in Georgia, when will my medical care run out?

If you are hurt at work in Georgia, workers’ compensation will cover medical care related to your injury. Even if you reach maximum medical improvement, continuing therapy, pain management, and other medical care will be provided. Sometimes, an injured worker can have a change in condition for the worse and require additional medical care years after  … Read more

Is it possible to have a workers’ comp claim and a personal injury claim from one accident in Georgia?

Several of the cases my workers’ compensation law office in Atlanta is handling involve clients who have had injuries at work caused by another party’s negligence. Thus, they have a workers’ compensation claim and a personal injury lawsuit stemming from the same injury or injuries. Injuries stemming from trucking or other motor vehicle accidents often present these  … Read more

If I’m an injured worker on workers’ compensation disability benefits, when will my payments run out?

If your workers’ compensation claim has been accepted, and you’re getting disability payments while you treat with a workers’ comp doctor and can’t work, the maximum amount of time you can receive temporary total disability (TTD) benefits is 400 weeks (about 7.5 years), unless your claim is deemed to be “catastrophic,” meaning you are unlikely  … Read more

I’m an undocumented worker without a social security number. Can I get workers’ comp in Georgia?

However you refer to them–Illegal aliens, undocumented workers, illegal immigrants, undocumented immigrants–the Georgia Supreme Court has ruled that they are entitled to workers’ compensation benefits. Workers’ compensation coverage comes via a contract with an insurance provider that includes employees of a qualifying employer. If that employer chooses to hire, or even unknowingly hires, a worker without a  … Read more

Can I get workers’ compensation benefits from jail?

Sometimes, an injured worker in Atlanta will get convicted of a crime and will have questions about whether or not someone who is receiving workers’ compensation benefits in Georgia can continue to get disability benefits while incarcerated. While the injured worker may continue to receive benefits after an arrest while awaiting trial, he will not be able  … Read more

Hispanic workers’ fatality rate up 76% over past 15 years

USA Today recently reported that, while workplace fatalities are down overall, Hispanic workplace fatalities are significantly up right now.  Certainly, if your spouse, parent, or other relative has been killed at work in Atlanta, please contact my Atlanta workers’ compensation law office for a free consultation regarding your rights as an heir.  Benefits after a workplace fatality vary by  … Read more