When Dealing with Claims Adjusters, Always Read the Fine Print

Here is the story of one man, his company, and a rather unscrupulous claims adjuster. Kevin Miles, the sole owner and manager of Nebo Ventures, LLC, made his living helping various companies obtain and fulfill contracts with both state and local governments. In 2003, he was contracted by a larger company (formerly known as NovaPro,  … Read more

What Should I Do If I Injure My Back Over the Holidays?

Tips for Dealing with Holiday-Related Back Injuries  According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, a whopping 50,000 people sustain winter-related back injuries every year. Not unsurprisingly, at least 5,800 of those injuries can be traced back to holiday decorating. What should you do if you are one of the unfortunate 50,000 people who  … Read more

Red Bull Blamed for Death of Brooklyn Man; Lawsuit(s) May Follow

In 2011, shocked witnesses reported that healthy, active non-smoker Cory Terry collapsed after downing a can of Red Bull during a pickup basketball game in a local school gym. The official cause of death? A condition called idiopathic dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM)–which, in layman’s terms, means that Terry’s heart stopped. Two years after the untimely death  … Read more

Can the workers’ comp defense attorney threaten to have me deported to force a low settlement?

Imagine this scenario: A nursing home employee–let’s call her Janice–is injured on the job when she slips and falls on an unmarked wet spot on the floor. She immediately reports the injury to her supervisor and proceeds to file a request for medical benefits, temporary disability benefits, and whatever else she may need in the  … Read more

Are assessed attorney’s fees awards often affirmed by Georgia higher courts?

Well, yes.  And here’s an example… On October 26, 2010, Martha Ayers was injured on the job. Immediately after the injury, Ms. Ayers officially reported its occurrence. The next day, her employer, Heritage Healthcare of Toccoa, fired her unceremoniously and denied her request for disability benefits. Undeterred, Ms. Ayers went on to file a request  … Read more

Can a Georgia workers’ comp claimant pursue late penalties that are 10 years past due?

Meet Michael Reid, an employee of the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA). In October 1999, Reid was injured on the job. He played by the rules and filed a claim within the designated time period, and for his trouble, was awarded temporary total disability (TTD) payments–32 of them, to be exact. Of those 32  … Read more

How a Workers’ Compensation Adjuster’s Intentional Delays Killed a Man

How many times could a company with a homegrown, wholesome name like Ralph’s Grocery Co. turn a blind eye to the medical needs of an injured employee? According to the California Workers’ Compensation Appeals board, 11 is the lucky number. The trouble began in December 2003, when Charles Romano sustained an injury to his left  … Read more

Notorious pepper-spraying police officer seeks workers’ compensation for mental injuries

What do the Occupy movement and workers’ compensation have in common?  Lt. John Pike. According to various news reports coming from California, the former UC Davis police officer -who has filed for workers’ compensation and been denied benefits, apparently–has filed an appeal, claiming that he suffered psychiatric injury as a result of a 2011 confrontation involving peaceful  … Read more

What shoud I do if sustain an injury at my job in Georgia?

If you have never experienced an on-the-job injury before, you should be aware of what to do before an incident, so that you are able to protect your rights should something occur. I’ve put together a short (but important!) list of things Georgia employees should know: Take Notes You should do this quickly, while events are still fresh in  … Read more

Can exotic dancers get workers’ compensation benefits in Georgia?

Dancers in the adult entertainment industry are almost guaranteed to be classified by their employers as independent contractors for both tax purposes and workers’ compensation in Georgia. However, just because your boss tells you your injury does not qualify for workers’ comp–because you’re an independent contractor — doesn’t meant it’s true. Sometimes — and I’m sure this is  … Read more