Second Opinions and Other Medical Evaluations

Getting a second opinion

As I have mentioned in previous blog articles, the Georgia workers’ compensation system provides a few ways to get evaluated by a different doctor.  You can change doctors on the panel of physicians, change doctors by agreement, or file a request to change doctors. In addition to those options, there are also some options that […]

Workers’ Compensation Court

Many people have questions about the workers' compensation court process

Many people have questions about workers compensation hearings.  Some of the questions that people wonder about are: Are workers compensation hearings like the courtrooms shown on TV? How long it will take to get to court? Will their case will be decided by a jury? This article will attempt to provide a general overview of […]

Hydrocodone Classified as Schedule II Drug

Hydrocodone prescription

When you have an injury at work and receive workers’ compensation benefits, your employer is responsible for paying for medical treatment that affects a cure, provides relief, or restores you to suitable employment.  Almost every type of injury at work causes some degree of pain.  Pain medication is one of the most common types of […]

Getting Workers’ Compensation Medication Without Delay

Workers' compensation medication for pain

Delay and denial of medical treatment by insurance companies is all too common in Georgia’s workers’ compensation system.  Sometimes, the insurance company will not approve you to go to the doctor.  At other times, they want to deny specific treatment or testing like an MRI or physical therapy. However, even when medical treatment is being […]

Five Things To Do After A Work Injury

Pain after aggravating preexisting condition at work

No one ever plans on getting hurt.  When we do get hurt, most of us hope that it will be something minor that just gets better on its own. However, sometimes injuries that seem minor end up causing major problems if not treated properly.  Because of that, it is important to handle an injury the […]

Willful Misconduct – Violations of Statutes

Willful misconduct speeding ticket

Affirmative defenses allow insurance companies to refuse to pay workers’ compensation benefits even when an injury occurs at work.  This blog is part of a series of blogs covering one of the most common affirmative defenses in Georgia workers’ compensation claims – willful misconduct. Our previous blog posts in this series have discussed willful misconduct […]

Self Inflicted Injuries and Injuries From Attempts to Injure Another

Self Inflicted Injury

In this blog, we will discuss two of the specific types of willful misconduct: Self inflicted injuries and injuries arising from an attempt to injure someone else.  This blog is part of a series of blogs discussing affirmative defenses under Georgia workers’ compensation law.  Our previous blogs in this series have discussed willful misconduct generally […]

Intoxication and Workers’ Compensation Denials

Insurance companies may deny your case if they have tests showing you were intoxicated

Often, an employer will assert that it should not have to pay Georgia workers’ compensation benefits because an injury occurred as a result of the injured worker’s willful misconduct.  Our previous blog posts in this series have provided an overview of the willful misconduct defense and discussed the specific defense of failure to use a […]

Getting Medical Treatment Approved Quickly

Getting Medical Treatment

One complaint that we often here from injured workers is that the workers’ compensation insurance company delays or denies the medical treatment they need.  These delays in approval often cause injuries to heal poorly or not to heal at all, leaving the injured worker with a permanent impairment that could have easily been avoided. When […]

Safety Appliance and GA Workers’ Compensation

Safety appliance

Willful misconduct provides a reason for insurance companies to deny workers’ compensation claims.  One of the more popular types of willful misconduct defense is the failure to use a safety appliance. Many employers have safety equipment available for use by employees to minimize the risk of injury.  When an employee is injured at work and […]

Willful Misconduct Defense in GA Workers' Compensation Cases

Willful misconduct

The Georgia Workers’ Compensation Act generally requires employers to pay benefits to employees who are injured while doing their jobs.  Sometimes an employer or insurance company will claim that they should not have to pay benefits because they have an “affirmative defense”. One of the primary affirmative defenses used by insurance companies is the “willful […]

Light Duty Job Offers After a Work Injury

Light duty job offers

If you have been injured, you probably want to get better and go back to work as quickly as possible.  Sometimes, though, you may be asked to come back too soon or to do a job that is too hard for you.  If your employer offers you a light duty job, it is important to […]

Common Arm Injuries At Work

Arm injuries

This is the second in a series of articles about common types of injuries that occur at work in Georgia.  The first article in this series discussed low back injuries.  This article will discuss some of the more common type of arm injuries that occur at work. It is important to understand that this information […]

Don’t Rush Into Firing Your Lawyer

Firing Your Lawyer

[featured_image]I’ve had lots of calls recently from people who already have a lawyer representing them in their Georgia personal injury case but are not happy with that lawyer and want to change. I tell these folks that since they are currently represented it is not appropriate for me to give advice concerning their case, but […]

Medical Transportation in GA Workers’ Compensation Cases

Medical Transportation

In Georgia, the workers’ compensation insurance company has a responsibility to pay for the cost of your transportation for medical treatment after an injury at work.  This responsibility can include reimbursing you for mileage costs if you are able to drive yourself.  It can also include paying for a transportation company to drive you to […]

Mileage Costs Payment – GA Workers’ Compensation

Mileage Costs

The mileage costs associated with buying gas to drive back and forth to the doctor can add up quickly.  You may find that you have to drive many miles to see a good specialist for treatment.  You may have to go to physical therapy several times a week. You would not have had these costs […]

Alternative Dispute Resolution – Arbitration

When two parties have a dispute, there are many different ways they can resolve it.  In days past, the two parties might have resolved their dispute through a duel with pistols.  Many of our disputes our resolved in a more civil manner now. Under the U.S. Constitution, we have a guaranteed right to a form […]

Can SSI or SSDI Benefits Be Garnished?

Generally, funds you receive as Supplemental Security Income (SSI) or Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits are not subject to garnishment.  Section 207 of the Social Security Act protects these funds from being subject to garnishment for debts to most creditors.  However, there are some exceptions to this rule. SSDI benefits can be garnished for […]

Pain Management in GA Workers’ Compensation Cases

Pain after aggravating preexisting condition at work

My primary hope for all my clients is that they recover completely from their work injuries. Sometimes this happens, but often injured workers with serious injuries do not recover one hundred percent of function. In fact, some people end up with chronic pain from their work injuries.  As a result of this chronic pain, they […]

Will My Personal Injury Claim Affect Social Security Benefits?

If you are currently receiving Social Security Benefits such as SSI (Supplemental Security Income) or SSDI (Social Security Disability Insurance) payments, you may have questions about how the money received from your personal injury case will affect these benefits. SSDI Social security disability benefits (SSDI) are not income dependent or “need based” benefits.  This means […]