How Long Term Disability Affects Workers Compensation

You need to know how long term disability interacts with workers' compensation benefits

Workers’ compensation covers you when you suffer an injury doing your job.  In Georgia and most other states, workers’ compensation pays you wage loss benefits when your injury causes you to miss work.  If you have short or long term disability insurance, that insurance company may pay you wage loss benefits as well. Can you […]

Getting Proper Medical Treatment for Neck Injuries

Serious neck injuries often cause people to miss work and need extensive medical treatment

Many people suffer neck injuries at work each year.  While some of these injuries are minor, many injuries can cause you to miss months or longer from work.  Some injuries require extensive medical treatment including surgery and other procedures. If you injure your neck and get medical treatment, the doctor may diagnose you with a […]

Should the Federal Government Oversee Workers’ Compensation Systems?

According to a ProPublica article, the Department of Labor has mentioned exploring federal oversight of state workers’ compensation systems.  This idea seems to come from the “race to the bottom” as states have cut workers’ compensation benefits for injured workers in an effort to potentially attract businesses. The State of Georgia’s Workers’ Compensation Law I […]

Do Armed Robberies Cause PTSD?

Many injured workers develop PTSD after experiencing a traumatic event at work

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) affects millions of Americans.  Many veterans suffer from it as a result of their service to our country.  Many of our countries first responders suffer from it as well as a result of trauma encountered on the job. Of course, work-related PTSD is not limited to first responders.  Many people experience […]

Opioid Treatment and Addiction after a Work Injury

Doctors sometime use opioid treatment to relieve pain from a work injury

Doctors often prescribe opioids to treat pain after a workers’ compensation injury.  Doctors prescribe opioids because they can provide very good pain relief. Many people are familiar with the names of different opioid medications. Some of the most common ones include: Oxycontin Percocet Lorcet Demerol Norco Vicodin While these medications provide pain relief, it is […]

Should There Be A Workers’ Compensation Cost of Living Adjustment?

Increases in the cost of living mean the same amount of money does not buy as much

The cost of living almost always goes up each year.  This increase in the cost of living is measured by the consumer price index (CPI).  The CPI measures changes in prices paid by consumers for goods and services.  It will tell you whether your money goes as far as it used to go. A review of […]

Crush Injuries at Work

Crush injuries occur when an object crushes all or part of a person’s body.  These types of injuries can cause serious problems.  Crush injuries to the whole body can be fatal.  Crush injuries to part of the body can cause permanent pain and disability. This article discusses different types of crush injuries.  This article also […]

Fired After Returning to Light Duty Work

Many people are concerned that their employer may fire them while they are working a light duty job

Most people just want to get back to work as quick as they can after getting hurt at work.  Unfortunately, employers do not always give you what you want or need after an injury. Some employers just do not have light duty work available.  If your employer does not have suitable work available, they may […]

Do I Need Back Surgery?

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Many people dread a doctor mentioning the possibility of back surgery.  Unfortunately, serious back injuries happen too often at work. I have represented many clients who suffer from herniated discs, injured facet joints, and fractured vertebra as a result of injuries at work.  Many of these clients have had back surgery.  Sometimes, that surgery has […]

Why Do We Have Labor Day

Labor Day celebrates all of the contributions of our country's working men and women

Labor Day means the end of summer for many of us.  It is a long weekend.  If the weather is good, you may spend time at the pool or the lake.  You will probably grill out. You may spend some time watching football. Labor Day used to be the time that children started back to […]

What Does A Workers’ Compensation Attorney Do?

One of the most important things a workers' compensation attorneys does is fight for a client's benefits in court

I have served as a workers’ compensation attorney for over 15 years.  I do not represent employers or workers’ compensation insurance companies.  I only represent and help injured workers. Many people do not know what a workers’ compensation attorney that represents injured workers does.  The information they do have about workers’ compensation attorneys comes from […]

My Workers’ Comp Doctor Has Nothing More To Offer Me

You may need to get another medical opinion if the workers' comp doctor tells you there is nothing more to do

You have gotten some medical treatment from a workers’ comp doctor but are still in a lot of pain.  The doctor tells you, “You are just going to have to learn to live with pain.”  Is that right? Is there nothing you can do? Doctors cannot fix everything.  But, that does not mean the workers’ […]

Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton, and Workers’ Compensation: Frame of Reference

Our views about Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton in the 2016 Presidential race may give us some insight into our frame of reference

I listened to an interesting podcast from Invisiblia recently called “Frame of Reference” (it was released on July 8, 2016).  It really got me thinking about how what we think is affected by our experiences.  I would recommend taking some time and listening to it. As I am writing this, the Presidential race is in full swing. […]

How Much Should I Settle My Workers Compensation Case For?

Many people have questions about how much they should settle their workers' compensation cases for

Most workers’ compensation cases settle.  For the insurance company, this means they can close a file.  For an injured worker, it means that they generally receive some sort of lump sum payment.  The difficult question is how much you should accept to settle a workers’ compensation case. This question is extremely difficult.  Before trying to […]

Mind or Body: Caring for our Injured Veterans and Workers

VA has improved the benefits it provides to soldiers with PTSD and other mental health conditions

Our law firm represents injured veterans and injured workers.  Most veterans receive benefits for their service-connected injuries through VA.  Most injured workers receive benefits for their injuries through state workers’ compensation systems. Our nation’s veterans kept us safe.  VA is a promise to our veterans for the service they provide. Our nation’s workers are a […]

Can Hiring a Workers’ Compensation Attorney Get Me Fired?

Getting fired does not end your workers' compensation case

Many people have concerns about losing their job after an injury at work.  Some have known people who have lost their job after an injury.  Some people think their company will fire them if they hire an attorney. Many people ask the following questions during their initial consultation with me: “Will I get fired for […]

Can a Workers Comp Doctor Commit Medical Malpractice?

Doctors are human.  Like everyone else, they make mistakes sometimes.  Most people have heard about medical malpractice claims. Sometimes, workers’ compensation doctors make mistakes as well.  They may diagnose an injury incorrectly.  They may not use proper care when performing surgery. Sometimes, these mistakes do not cause any harm.  Other times, mistakes cause serious injury […]

Reasons Not To Settle Your Case Now

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Settlement sounds great.  It means you can move on with your life.  It generally means the insurance company pays you a lump sum check.  But before you decide to settle, you need to know some reasons you should not settle your case now. Two things you must know about settlement I often get asked about […]

Don’t Make This Workers’ Compensation Mistake

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Changing doctors without knowing all your rights is a common workers’ compensation mistake.  Getting good medical treatment is important.  The rules about changing doctors can be tricky. You have rights under Georgia’s workers’ compensation laws that help you get good medical treatment.  You need to understand those rights before changing doctors. Do I need to […]

Beating Insurance Company Medical Treatment Denials

Workers' compensation insurance company medical treatment denials can make it difficult to recover from an injury

Probably the most common reason people call me is medical treatment denials.  These denials come in several forms: An actual denial – “We are denying payment for your surgery.” A partial denial – “We will approve your medical treatment but you have to have it with a different medical provider.” A medical delay – “We […]