Category: Workers’ Compensation Insurance


If I’m receiving workers’ comp benefits in Georgia, can I still work?

In 2004, Garry McBee injured his right shoulder on the job. At the time, he was working for Blue Ribbon Rentals, Inc. in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio. As a result of his injury, he received temporary total disability benefits from October 2004 to March 2006. That seems pretty straightforward, right? It is, until you get to  … Read more

Georgia’s cracking down on businesses who shuck their duty to provide workers’ compensation coverage for employees.

The state of Georgia requires most employers with three or more full-time, part-time or seasonal employees to offer workers’ comp benefits. Any business found in non-compliance with coverage requirements faces civil penalties of up to $5,000 per violation as well as possible prison time. Some companies in Georgia seem to think that workers’ compensation insurance  … Read more

Do workers stand to lose if employers are allowed to opt out of workers’ comp?

Workers’ compensation reform hasn’t just been a hot button issue here in Georgia. Other states are wrestling with change in their state systems, as well. One of the most current examples of this is the state of Oklahoma. The Oklahoma State Senate approved a bill last week that would allow companies to self-insure or have alternative coverage in  … Read more

Overhaul the Georgia Workers’ Compensation system? No, no, no. No.

There was much talk last year of overhauling the Georgia workers’ compensation system. Some interests planned (and perhaps still plan) to ask the Legislature to further regulate medical treatment under the Georgia worker’s comp system by imposing medical treatment guideline regulations. This is a bad idea for many reasons, but I want to discuss of a few  … Read more

Workers’ Compensation fraud means we all hemorrhage dollars.

If you were to hear the phrase ‘workers’ compensation fraud’, what would it bring to mind? It seems that most people might assume that phrase means that the system is being gamed by employees seeking benefits to which they are not entitled. In fact, the phrase ‘workers’ compensation fraud’ more aptly describes the actions by  … Read more

Can my social media use somehow become part of my workers’ compensation case?

Where worker’s compensation cases are concerned, insurance company attorneys will look for information about a Plaintiff wherever they can. Well, it appears that –for the most part– enthusiastic users of social media sites and applications can rest easy for now; some recent legal decisions indicate that judges aren’t in any hurry to give blanket access to Plaintiff status  … Read more

Can the workers’ comp insurance company’s lawyer talk to my doctor without me?

The Georgia Court of Appeals has, fairly recently, decided that injured workers cannot be forced to sign away medical privacy rights–specifically, the right to refuse consent for the opposing attorney to meet alone with the treating doctor and tell him/her God knows what–in order to continue getting workers’ compensation disability benefits. A brief summary of  … Read more

What can I do if someone associated with my workers’ comp case violates my health information privacy rights?

When you file a workers’ compensation claim in Georgia, you’ll need to sign a WC-207 release that allows the workers’ compensation employer/insurer to access medical records reasonably related to your injury at work.  Medical records may, of course, be shared between different doctors and specialists.  However, sometimes medical information that is protected is shared with  … Read more

When can I get assessed attorney’s fees in a workers’ compensation case in Georgia?

One can be awarded attorney’s fees–in addition to the amount awarded, as opposed to as a percentage of the amount awarded–in a few instances under the Georgia Workers’ Compensation Act. Basically, the insurance company needs to have behaved “unreasonably.” While getting an Administrative Law Judge to find that an insurance company or its attorney has  … Read more