Category: Workers’ Compensation Insurance


When can I expect a check after settling my workers’ compensation claim in Georgia?

After mediating or otherwise settling a workers’ compensation claim, my clients frequently want to know when they’re going to get paid. With the Georgia State Board of Workers’ Compensation’s fairly recent switch to paperless filings through its ICMS system (Integrated Claims Management System), workers’ compensation claims in Atlanta and elsewhere in Georgia are getting approved quite quickly.   … Read more

Can an Independent Contractor Get Workers’ Compensation in Georgia?

Just because your employer has you listed as an independent contractor on paper does not necessarily mean you are an independent contractor under the Georgia Workers’ Compensation Act. There are several factors courts will examine to make a determination regarding whether or not the place you work is your employer when you get hurt at work  … Read more

What happens when my workers’ compensation doctor says I’m at MMI (maximum medical improvement) in Georgia?

Unlike Florida and a few other states, in Georgia, your workers’ compensation indemnity benefits will not be cut off when you hit MMI (maximum medical improvement). Your authorized treating physician (ATP) may issue an impairment rating if you have a percentage of permanent partial disability (called a PPD rating) that will be paid based on  … Read more

Should I bother filing a workers’ compensation claim in Georgia when my employer has no insurance?

Unfortunately, some employers, despite their being required to carry workers’ compensation insurance in Georgia when they have more than two employees, do not have workers’ comp insurance or have let their policies lapse. My Atlanta workers’ compensation law office has helped several clients this year who have faced this predicament.  If you have been hurt at work  … Read more

If I’m hurt at work in Georgia, when will my medical care run out?

If you are hurt at work in Georgia, workers’ compensation will cover medical care related to your injury. Even if you reach maximum medical improvement, continuing therapy, pain management, and other medical care will be provided. Sometimes, an injured worker can have a change in condition for the worse and require additional medical care years after  … Read more

If I’m an injured worker on workers’ compensation disability benefits, when will my payments run out?

If your workers’ compensation claim has been accepted, and you’re getting disability payments while you treat with a workers’ comp doctor and can’t work, the maximum amount of time you can receive temporary total disability (TTD) benefits is 400 weeks (about 7.5 years), unless your claim is deemed to be “catastrophic,” meaning you are unlikely  … Read more

I’m an undocumented worker without a social security number. Can I get workers’ comp in Georgia?

However you refer to them–Illegal aliens, undocumented workers, illegal immigrants, undocumented immigrants–the Georgia Supreme Court has ruled that they are entitled to workers’ compensation benefits. Workers’ compensation coverage comes via a contract with an insurance provider that includes employees of a qualifying employer. If that employer chooses to hire, or even unknowingly hires, a worker without a  … Read more

How Long Do I Have to Give Notice of My Workplace Injury in Georgia?

Often in my Atlanta workers’ compensation practice, I’m asked when an injured worker should report his injury to his employer. Simply put, you should report your workplace injury as soon as possible, but no later than 30 days. Of course, if your injury is a disease or a repetitive motion injury that developed gradually, you are not expected  … Read more

If I’m on workers’ compensation disability benefit in Georgia, how are my taxes figured?

Per IRS Publication 525, Temporary Total Disability (TTD) benefits in Georgia are not subject to income tax.  Neither are Temporary Partial Disability (TPD) benefits and Permanent Partial Disability (PPD) benefits.  Wasn’t that simple? Have more questions about Georgia workers’ compensation law?  What about questions involving law and finance?  Contact the Atlanta workers’ compensation lawyer and Buckhead financial counselor who authors  … Read more