Georgians’ wages to go up on Friday, July 24th

As an Atlanta workers’ compensation attorney, I monitor developments in employee benefits and wages, as increases can affect injured workers’ temporary total disability (TTD) rates if they are completely disabled after a workplace injury in Atlanta, or their temporary partial disability rates (TPD), if they are partially disabled after getting hurt at work in Atlanta. Accordingly, the coming increase  … Read more

In injured on the job in Georgia, how do I have to give notice?

A workers’ compensation lawyer in metro Atlanta recently asked me to represent his client during oral arguments given to the appellate level of the State Board of Workers’ Compensation. The issue was whether or not adequate notice was given after an injury at work in Atlanta. Believe it or not, an appellate court in Georgia has held that, even when an  … Read more

How Long Do I Have to Give Notice of My Workplace Injury in Georgia?

Often in my Atlanta workers’ compensation practice, I’m asked when an injured worker should report his injury to his employer. Simply put, you should report your workplace injury as soon as possible, but no later than 30 days. Of course, if your injury is a disease or a repetitive motion injury that developed gradually, you are not expected  … Read more

Atlanta Workers Can Get Workers’ Compensation for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

In my Atlanta workers’ compensation practice, I often encounter injured workers who have developed pain in their wrists and hands. While most of us have heard of carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) as an ailment many administrative assistants can develop from years of typing, CTS can also be trauma induced and begin after a fall. Other risk factors for CTS  … Read more

Atlantans Vent about Georgia Workers’ Compensation Rights

The “vent” in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution allows readers a chance to display their frustrations.  A few days ago, the following rhetorical question was posted:  What good is Georgia’s Worker’s Comp program if it allows employers to fire you immediately upon filing a claim???? While Georgia does not have a cause of action for termination in this fashion  … Read more

Atlantans Hurt at Work Physically Often Depressed, Anxious

Many of my clients, after suffering a physical injury at work, find themselves losing interest in activities they used to enjoy. They often want to sleep twice as many hours as they used to need to feel rested. They’re anxious. They begin feeling hopeless. Sometimes, an Atlanta attorney who handles workers’ compensation cases can forget that not everyone  … Read more

Injured Workers in Atlanta Find Their Voice in Mos Def

While an injured worker in Atlanta should absolutely seek assistance from an expert workers’ compensation attorney in Atlanta, he may also find solace in Mos Def’s newest album, The Ecstatic, which features a track called, “Workers’ Comp.” To quote a review from CDInsight.com, the song speaks “about tough times in life and work, specific to our economic troubles. It  … Read more

Injured Workers in Atlanta : How to Choose an Attorney

1.  I would advise against hiring someone who calls himself “The Switchblade,” “The Hammer,” or any other inanimate object, weapon, etc. as part of his advertising.  This is more likely to incite laughter than it is to bring fear from the opposing counsel. 2.  I would also advise against hiring anyone who offers you “100%  … Read more

If I’m on workers’ compensation disability benefit in Georgia, how are my taxes figured?

Per IRS Publication 525, Temporary Total Disability (TTD) benefits in Georgia are not subject to income tax.  Neither are Temporary Partial Disability (TPD) benefits and Permanent Partial Disability (PPD) benefits.  Wasn’t that simple? Have more questions about Georgia workers’ compensation law?  What about questions involving law and finance?  Contact the Atlanta workers’ compensation lawyer and Buckhead financial counselor who authors  … Read more

How does an injured worker in Atlanta choose a doctor?

Injured workers in Georgia should be directed to a panel of physicians immediately after reporting a workplace injury, in accordance with the Georgia Workers’ Compensation Act.  In most instances, the panel must contain six doctors or medical facilities from which an injured employee can choose a treating doctor. Often the piece of paper containing these  … Read more