Category: Settlements


Georgia woman wins workers’ compensation benefits on appeal

In a grim turn of events, a Georgia woman lost a foot as the result of a 2010 work-related accident. Initially, the administrative law judge (ALJ) over her case granted workers’ compensation benefits. Upon review, the State Board of Workers’ Compensation reversed the ALJ’s decision and took away the previously-granted benefits. Vanessa Stokes, a former head  … Read more

Will my Georgia workers’ compensation settlement stipulation be approved by the State Board of Workers’ Compensation?

Almost every time we submit settlement paperwork to the Georgia State Board of Workers’ Compensation, the stipulation is approved. Settlement paperwork is normally generated by the workers’ compensation defense attorney and is then sent to our office for signatures. Once we review the forms and make any necessary changes, we submit the papers back to  … Read more

How can I research other Georgia workers’ compensation Administrative Law Judge decisions?

The Georgia State Board of Workers’ Compensation has, relatively recently, added a hyperlink on its website that allows searching for Administrative Law Judges’ decisions from workers’ compensation hearings in Georgia. So, if you’re wondering what a workers’ comp decision looks like, what’s important v. unimportant to an ALJ, or what issues are most frequently litigated, take a  … Read more

How much tax do I owe on my workers’ compensation settlement in Georgia?

Unless your workers’ compensation payment reduces your Social Security benefits, the amount paid pursuant to a settlement or other judicial award are NOT taxable income, per IRS Publication 525. If your Social Security benefits have been reduced because of your workers’ compensation benefits, only that portion of your workers’ comp benefits is taxable. In addition to settlements, TTD (temporary  … Read more

The workers’ compensation adjuster just sent me a check for a disability rating. Does this mean my case is settled?

If you’ve been on workers’ compensation benefits in Georgia and/or are treating with a workers’ compensation doctor after your workplace injury, once you reach maximum medical improvement (“MMI”), your doctor may give you a permanent partial disability (“PPD”) rating. This is a percentage based on the American Medical Association (“AMA”) guidelines. The Georgia Workers’ Compensation Act provides formulas  … Read more

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