Examinations by Insurance Company Doctors

Insurance company doctor with arms crossed

You might have received a phone call from the insurance company or a company hired by the insurance company saying you have an appointment with a doctor you don’t know.  The person calling may have told you it was for a second opinion or an independent medical evaluation (IME).  You might have just received a […]

Georgia Workers’ Compensation Attorneys

Workers' compensation attorney Jason Perkins talks with a client

You did not want to get hurt.  No one wants to get injured.  After an injury, many people want to get better as quickly as possible and go back to work. This is usually the best thing to do, but you may want to take some time to think about a few things first.  Often, […]

Complex Regional Pain Syndrome in Georgia Workers Compensation Claims

Woman with leg pain from complex regional pain syndrome

Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS) can be a confusing and frightening medical diagnosis.  CRPS can develop from relatively minor injuries.  However, when CRPS develops, these relatively minor injuries often become life changing. Complex Regional Pain Syndrome has been known by many names.  Many people still refer to CRPS as “Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy” or “RSD” for short. […]

New Statute of Limitations Case Bars Additional Benefits

Statute of limitations deadline approaching on calendar

The Georgia Court of Appeals recently issued an opinion regarding what is commonly known as the change in condition statute of limitations.  As we discussed in an earlier blog article on statutes of limitations, the change in condition statute of limitations provides a deadline for applying for and receiving additional temporary total disability and temporary […]

Cumulative Trauma and Repetitive Work Injuries

Pain from carpal tunnel syndrome from repetitive work on keyboard

Many times, injuries at work occur gradually instead of as a result of one specific event.  One of the most common examples of a gradual injury is carpal tunnel syndrome.  This condition often develops as a result of repetitive work with the hands or arms. People also suffer gradual injuries to other parts of their bodies […]

How Drug Testing Affects Medical Treatment

Drug testing form

Drug testing in Georgia workers’ compensation cases has become more common.  Drug testing usually takes two forms. The first type of drug testing is done shortly after a work injury occurs.  This type of testing can be used to deny your entire workers’ compensation claim on the grounds that your injury was caused by willful […]

Can I File a Workers’ Compensation Claim in Georgia?

Workers' compensation attorney talks about settlement

Most people do not know where they can file a workers’ compensation claim when they are injured.  They just start receiving medical treatment.  If their injuries keep them from returning to work, they should start receiving temporary total disability benefits.  However, each state has different workers’ compensation laws.  These differences can drastically affect the benefits […]

Suitable Housing for a Workers Compensation Injury

Man in wheelchair cannot go up stairs to get in house

Severe work injuries often cause problems regarding suitable housing and vehicles.  Back, leg, and neck injuries can make it difficult for an injured worker to get around. Sometimes, these injuries require that injured workers use a wheelchair, scooter, or other assistive device.  Using these devices inside houses and other buildings can often be difficult.  Sometimes, […]

Depression and Anxiety from a Work Injury

Depressed man sitting on couch after workers' compensation injury

Injuries almost always cause pain.  Pain often makes people feel depressed.  Pain can also cause lack of sleep.  Lack of sleep can also cause depression. Many people take a lot of pride in the work they do.  Limitations from a serious injury can often keep you from doing your job.  A serious injury may also […]

Will Workers’ Compensation Buy Me a Car?

Man in wheelchair needs transportation

Serious work injuries sometimes make it difficult or impossible to drive a standard vehicle.  Leg injuries make driving difficult because most cars use foot pedals for the gas and the brake.  Back injuries sometimes affect leg use as well.  Driving a car with a manual transmission is difficult for someone with an arm injury.  In […]

Parking Lot Injuries at Work

Parking lot injuries at work

Many injuries happen in parking lots when an employee is starting or ending the work day.  As we mentioned in a previous post, the workers compensation law in Georgia covers injuries that arise out of and in the course of employment. When an injuries happens at the beginning or end of the work day, there […]

Idiopathic Injury: What is That?

Construction work suffers idiopathic injury

Idiopathic is a strange word.  It means a condition that arises spontaneously from an unknown cause.  If you have a workers’ compensation case, you may first hear this word on a Form WC-1, Form WC-3, or a letter from the insurance company.  That document will probably have a statement that the insurance company has denied […]

Heart Attacks and Strokes – Are They Covered by Workers’ Compensation

Man suffers heart attack at work

Heart attacks (otherwise known as myocardial infarctions) and strokes often happen at work. When they do, people often wonder if their jobs caused or contributed to the heart attack or stroke.  Heart attacks and strokes can be covered by workers’ compensation, but there are special rules under Georgia workers’ compensation law that apply to strokes and […]

Depositions in Workers’ Compensation Claims

Attorney taking a workers' compensation deposition

When a hearing is scheduled in your Workers’ Compensation case, there is a good chance that your deposition will be scheduled as well. At your deposition, the attorney that represents the workers’ compensation insurance company will ask you a lot of questions about your injury. If you have an attorney representing you in your case, […]

Fired After a Workers’ Compensation Injury

Fired after a workers' compensation injury

Restrictions from a work injury often limit your ability to do your job.  Back and arm injuries prevent you from lifting as much as you used to.  Leg injuries prevent you from standing as long.  Many people find that these restrictions prevent you from being as productive at work as they used to be. Sometimes, […]

Leg Injuries – Hips, Knees and Ankles

Many with leg injury rests leg on sofa arm

Leg injuries can be some of the most difficult and frustrating workers’ compensation injuries.  They affect your ability to stand, walk, and squat.  This article will discuss some of the specific issues associated with hip, knee, and ankle injuries.  Since it is not written by a doctor, it is not intended as medical advice.  Instead, […]

Injuries Arising Out Of Employment

Construction worker suffers knee injury arising out of employment

Most people think that Georgia workers’ compensation law covers employees who suffer“work-related” injuries.  In other words, if you are doing something at work and suffer an injury, your medical treatment will be covered by the insurance company and you will be paid benefits while you are out of work.  Unfortunately, recent court decisions have created […]

Statutes of Limitations in Workers’ Compensation Claims

Statute of limitations deadline approaching on calendar

A statute of limitations is dangerous.  It is a deadline for filing your claim. If you do not file your claim within the time provided, you will probably lose your case.  You will lose your claim without even getting a chance to prove it. Under the workers’ compensation law in Georgia, there are at least […]

New Court Decision on Deadline For Requesting Late Penalties

Stress from deadline causes headache

The primary purpose of the workers’ compensation system in Georgia is to deliver quick medical treatment and wage loss benefits to injured workers so they can recover from their injuries and return to work.  In fact, Georgia’s workers’ compensation system is set up to work without the involvement of attorneys.  Employers and their workers’ compensation […]

Aggravation of a Preexisting Condition

Pain after aggravating preexisting condition at work

Often, people are not perfectly healthy when they suffer injuries at work.  For example, a person who injures his back lifting at work may aggravate a preexisting condition.  That person may have had some prior back pain or even prior medical treatment. Our attorneys often get questions about whether workers’ compensation covers injuries where an individual […]