Attorneys Help Out at State Capitol

Today, Ann-Margaret Perkins, Jason Perkins, and Travis Studdard are volunteering to help out at the Georgia State Capitol as part of the Georgia Trial Lawyers Association’s Lawyer of the Day program.  This program offers an opportunity for GTLA members to help out at the Capitol by reviewing proposed legislation and meeting with State Senators and […]

Helpful Book and Blog About Traumatic Brain Injuries

Traumatic brain injuries are life altering events.  We often represent clients who have been impacted by them, so we like to share information on that subject whenever we can.  Diane Quimby, a local woman who sustained a severe traumatic brain injury, has written a wonderful and inspiring book about her journey through recovery.  The name of the book is […]

Workers’ Compensation Division Participating in Two Hundred Mile Race

We are excited to announce that our Workers’ Compensation Division will have three people competing in the Dixie 200, a 207 mile relay run from just outside of Atlanta, Georgia to Birmingham, Alabama.  Leah Carter organized the twelve person team on which she, Jason Perkins and Travis Studdard are running.  As part of this team, […]

Dependency Benefits in Georgia Workers’ Compensation Death Cases

Dependents of injured worker making dinner

In our Georgia workers’ compensation law practice, one of the most tragic situations that we run across is a man or woman dying as a result of a work-related injury.  When a work-related death occurs, the workers’ compensation law in Georgia provides benefits to dependents of the deceased worker.  In this series of articles, I […]

Georgia Workers’ Compensation Death Benefits – Secondary Beneficiaries

Grandfather and grandson fishing

In my last blog post in this series, I discussed how long primary beneficiaries/dependents can receive dependency benefits.  In this blog post, I will discuss when secondary beneficiary dependents are entitled to workers’ compensation dependency benefits in Georgia.  I will also discuss the benefits they can receive. Who can qualify as a secondary beneficiary Secondary […]

Georgia Workers’ Compensation Death Benefits – Primary Beneficiaries, Part Two

Dependents of injured worker making dinner

In my last blog post, I discussed what dependency benefits are available to primary beneficiary dependents of a deceased worker under the Georgia workers’ compensation law.  In this post, I will discuss how long primary beneficiary dependents can receive dependency benefits. How long can a surviving spouse receive dependency benefits? In general, dependents only receive […]

Does Workers’ Compensation Pay Death Benefits?

Primary dependents include a spouse and children

In a  previous article, I discussed how the workers’ compensation law in Georgia determines who qualifies as a dependent for purposes of drawing dependency benefits in work-related deaths.  This article discusses what dependency benefits are available to those who qualify as dependents. Who receives dependency benefits It is important to understand that there is a […]

Preventing and Preparing for Injuries at Work in Georgia – Small Business

This is the second in a series of articles on helpful legal tips for how to avoid problems in your Georgia workers’ compensation claim.  The first article and this article discuss things you can do before a work injury ever happens to make sure you are fully prepared. Recently, an attorney in our firm spoke […]

Preventing and Preparing for Injuries at Work in Georgia

Cliff Perkins answering questions about independent contractors and workers' compensation coverage

The bad news is that there is a good chance that you will get hurt at work sometime in your lifetime.  In 2011 alone, there were over 134,000 work injuries reported to the Georgia State Board of Workers’ Compensation.  The good news is that many of the things you can do to be prepared for […]

Georgia Court of Appeals Protects Injured Workers Right to Medical Privacy

The Georgia Court of Appeals recently decided the case of McRae v. Arby’s Restaurant Group, Inc. In this case, the Court of Appeals refused to force an injured worker to allow an insurance company’s lawyer to talk to the injured worker’s doctor without the injured being present. When we are treated by a doctor, we […]

Georgia Supreme Court Decision Helps Injured Workers Get Medical Treatment

Arm injuries

The Supreme Court of Georgia recently upheld the validity of State Board of Workers’ Compensation Rule 205 in the case of Mulligan v. Selective HR Solutions, Inc., 289 Ga. 753, 716 S.E.2d 150 (2011). Rule 205 provides a method by which doctors and injured workers can get approval for medical treatment needed as a result […]