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

Can workers’ comp claims investigators use my Facebook feed as evidence?

In the midst of a workers’ comp case, most insurance companies will use whatever they can get their hands on to protect their assets—including social media. Although a legal precedent has not been set, some courts have allowed the use of photos and personal information posted to social media sites as evidence for a plaintiff’s condition, or  … 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

Officials Investigate Daycare Brawl in Atlanta, GA

State officials in Georgia are currently conducting a formal investigation of a shockingly vicious brawl that took place last year in an Atlanta daycare center. Footage from the fight was first aired by WSB-TV, revealing two facility workers and one parent swinging their fists at each other and wreaking havoc in the baby room of  … Read more

Red Bull Blamed for Death of Brooklyn Man; Lawsuit(s) May Follow

In 2011, shocked witnesses reported that healthy, active non-smoker Cory Terry collapsed after downing a can of Red Bull during a pickup basketball game in a local school gym. The official cause of death? A condition called idiopathic dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM)–which, in layman’s terms, means that Terry’s heart stopped. Two years after the untimely death  … Read more

Are assessed attorney’s fees awards often affirmed by Georgia higher courts?

Well, yes.  And here’s an example… On October 26, 2010, Martha Ayers was injured on the job. Immediately after the injury, Ms. Ayers officially reported its occurrence. The next day, her employer, Heritage Healthcare of Toccoa, fired her unceremoniously and denied her request for disability benefits. Undeterred, Ms. Ayers went on to file a request  … Read more

Can a Georgia workers’ comp claimant pursue late penalties that are 10 years past due?

Meet Michael Reid, an employee of the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA). In October 1999, Reid was injured on the job. He played by the rules and filed a claim within the designated time period, and for his trouble, was awarded temporary total disability (TTD) payments–32 of them, to be exact. Of those 32  … Read more