Category: Workers’ Compensation Insurance


2013’s Top Cases of Workers’ Comp Fraud

Workers’ comp fraud: the phrase conjures images of employees playing hooky and pretending to suffer from crippling injuries sustained at work, all while cashing in a nice, big check from their innocent and well-meaning employers. Right? Wrong. According to a list compiled by Professor Leonard T. Jernigan, Jr., 49 of 50 fraudulent workers’ comp cases  … Read more

Atlanta Workers’ Comp Lesson Number 1: Check Your Mail

Ready Mix USA can testify that one of the quickest ways to lose a workers’ comp case is to ignore a notice sent by the Georgia Courts. After failing to show for a worker’s compensation hearing for one of their employees, Terrell B. Ross, both Ready Mix and their insurance company, Liberty Mutual, found themselves  … Read more

Goodwill Under Fire for Treatment of Disabled Workers

2013 was not the best year for Goodwill. Although it is a nonprofit organization that claims to offer both employees and customers a helping hand, it has faced multiple accusations of grossly underpaying its disabled employees. According to the National Federation of the Blind (NFB), the charitable corporation’s payroll policies allow for “payment of wages  … Read more

Temporary Workers Face Higher Risk of Workplace Injuries

Olga Pierce, Jeff Larson, and Michael Grabell of ProPublica, a non-profit organization that provides high-quality, investigative journalism, brought some disturbing facts about temporary work to light in an article titled “Temporary Work, Lasting Harm.” According to ProPublica’s analysis of workers’ compensation claims across the United States, temp workers in high-risk states like California and Florida  … Read more

Does workers’ compensation pay more for medical care than group health insurance?

A recent report by the Workers Compensation Research Institute indicates that workers’ compensation plans have to pay out more on the whole for treatment than employer-sponsored group or private health plans. The independent think tank is based in Cambridge, Massachusetts and looked at sixteen states for this study. In over two-thirds of them, medical payouts on workers’  … Read more

The Price is Wrong for Gameshow Contestant Caught Committing Workers’ Comp Fraud

According to media spin, in more cases than not employees are out to get over on their bosses and workers’ comp insurers in whatever way they can. Mainstream media would have you believe that claimants are irresponsible, greedy, and looking for a ‘free ride.’ As an experienced Atlanta workers’ compensation attorney, I can assure you that this is  … Read more

If you’re going to get hurt at work in Georgia, do it before July 1, 2013

Starting Monday, July 1, 2013, workers’ compensation medical benefits will be drastically reduced for injured workers in Georgia. GA House Bill 154, passed by the Georgia General Assembly a few months ago, will be effective next week. One of its provisions is that medical benefits for injured workers will stop at 400 weeks (like income benefits  … Read more

Isn’t pain level important when evaluating a workers’ compensation claim? One state says “no.”

The North Dakota State Legislature is considering a bill that could dramatically alter how pain and its relation to pre-existing medical conditions are interpreted in future worker’s compensation decisions. House Bill 1163 would amend an existing law, adding language that says pain is only a symptom and not a sign that a pre-existing condition is worsening.  … Read more

Back injuries are nothing to mess with….and neither is actress Sharon Stone!

Sharon Stone is apparently in need of sensitivity training and maybe a house manager so that she can be hands-off with the staff. Apparently she doesn’t know when enough’s enough, nor that back problems are legitimate work injuries and can be debilitating long-term if not headed off at the pass. Last month Angelica Castillo, former  … Read more

How workers’ compensation insurers manipulate data to raise premiums!

In New York state, there is a discussion going on regarding workers’ compensation and the high cost of doing business in New York. This is a result of a request by insurance carriers to increase workers’ compensation rates earlier this year. It was estimated that the proposed increase would cost $500 million to New York employers. Does  … Read more