Can I get my medical mileage paid while on workers’ compensation in Georgia?

If your Georgia workers’ compensation claim is compensable, your employer and/or its workers’ compensation insurance company will pay for your medical expenses when traveling to authorized medical providers. This can include the following expenses: mileage (currently $.40/mile) to and from the doctor’s office, physical therapist’s office, and pharmacy parking at the medical providers’ offices meal  … Read more

Can I borrow money from my workers’ compensation attorney in Georgia?

The Georgia State Board of Workers’ Compensation Rules prohibit attorneys from lending money to their clients. Sometimes, unscrupulous attorneys will try to draw clients to their firms with promises of monetary loans or gifts in exchange for signing up to be represented by their firms.  However, this is an ethical breach and is clearly against the governing  … 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

My lawyer waits 3 weeks to call me back, and when he finally does, I’m pretty sure he’s drunk. Should I fire him?

Sadly, you are not the first person to ask me this question and provide me this back story. I’ll tell you what I told the first person whose attorney only returned calls late at night, from a bar, and three weeks after he had left 70 voicemails: fax him a termination letter. It’s okay. Peace  … 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

I just got a letter saying my workers’ compensation benefits will be cut off. Now what?

Don’t panic just yet. In the past few weeks, I’ve seen several WC-2 filings indicating a client’s workers’ compensation disability benefits were about to be suspended, but the insurance adjuster did something incorrectly, meaning benefits were immediately recommenced (along with some penalties and fees). For example, if the adjuster filed a WC-240 commanding you to  … 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

It’s April 15. Does this mean I need an Atlanta workers’ compensation attorney?

Having trouble paying your taxes because you’ve been injured at work in Georgia? Then you need a workers’ compensation attorney. Frustrated because the Titanic sank on this day, like your income potential from getting hurt? You obviously need a good workers’ comp lawyer. Trying to figure out whether anyone will bring you chocolate on Earth  … 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

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