Category: Workers’ Compensation Insurance


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

What does it mean when my workers’ compensation lawyer files a lien on my case?

If you read your workers’ comp lawyer’s fee contract carefully, there’s probably a provision in there about what happens if you fire your attorney. Usually, the attorney will file a WC-108b with attached documentation outlining the number of hours spent on your claim and the administrative expenses incurred. The fee contract should lay out an hourly fee in case  … Read more

Does the insurance company have to settle my workers’ compensation case?

The workers’ compensation insurer does not have to settle your workers’ comp claim in Georgia, but it usually will at some point. Because an accepted workers’ comp claim (i.e., one in which you have received disability benefits) means you are owed medical care related to your injury for the rest of your life, absent some  … Read more

If I’m getting medical benefits from workers’ comp, do I need an attorney?

If you’re currently on workers’ compensation benefits and are getting medical care through the workers’ comp doctor, please know that the doctor has been chosen by the insurance company with the expectation that you are to be released back to full duty work as quickly as possible for as little cost as possible and with  … Read more

I can’t make ends meet on temporary disability benefits. Do I have options?

Certainly, living off of 2/3 your pre-injury wage can be difficult, especially if you used to make more than $750/week and are stuck at the maximum workers’ compensation rate in Georgia of $500/week. There are a couple of options you can employ to try and get some assistance. First, there are several companies that offer  … Read more

Can my spouse get paid as an attendant care provider under Georgia workers’ compensation law?

If you’ve been injured on the job in Georgia and need constant care from someone, why not let that person be your spouse? You know you expect him/her to wear that little nurse outfit on Halloween…what about the other 364 days of the year? While the notion that a spouse can provide attendant care had  … Read more

Should I engage in nude dancing while receiving workers’ comp disability benefits in Georgia?

As much fun as nude dancing while getting a temporary total disability check from your Georgia workers’ compensation claim may sound, you may be prosecuted for insurance fraud if you’re receiving disability payments and working at the same time. Even if you consider exotic dancing or stripping to be far from “working,” the insurance commissioner  … Read more

How can I tell if my boss has Georgia workers’ compensation insurance?

The State Board of Workers’ Compensation in Atlanta has a website that will assist you in looking up your employer to see if the company carries a Georgia workers’ compensation insurance policy, as it is likely required by law to do, assuming there are three or more employees.  Use this resource to see who the workers’ compensation insurer is  … Read more

If I’m on workers’ compensation disability in Georgia, am I required to see the panel doctor?

If you’re receiving temporary total disability benefits for your Georgia workers’ compensation claim, you need to attend the medical appointments scheduled with the doctor from the panel of physicians, or the agreed-upon authorized treating doctor. Otherwise, the workers’ comp insurance company may request that your disability benefits be suspended for failure to cooperate with medical treatment. More than likely,  … Read more