GA Workers’ Compensation Case Management Rule Changes

A new Board Rule expands the ability of insurance companies to perform medical case management in workers' compensation claims

Georgia workers’ compensation cases are controlled by two different types of rules.  One set of rules is the statutes that are passed by the Georgia Legislature.  The second set of rules is the Rules of the Georgia State Board of Workers’ Compensation which are passed by the Directors of the State Board. The new Board […]

Continued Efforts to Harm Injured Workers

Workers’ compensation laws vary by state, but all are “statutory”.  “Statutory” means that the legislative body in the state has passed statutes (laws) establishing the rules that apply.  So, the workers’ compensation system in Georgia is primarily a number of statutes that were passed by our State House and Senate.  This is the case in […]

Bankruptcy and Workers’ Compensation

Dealing with bankruptcy and workers' compensation at the same time can give you a headache

Many people find themselves dealing with bankruptcy and workers’ compensation at the same time.  Sometimes, people who are injured at work already have an ongoing bankruptcy case.  Other times, a work injury can cause an individual to end up filing for bankruptcy.  There are very important rules that you must consider if you have a […]

Two Things To Do Before You Settle

Find out some things you should consider before you settle your case

Settlement of a workers’ compensation case is a big decision.  Once the settlement is signed and approved by the State Board of Workers’ Compensation, it is final.  You cannot go back and change it later.  Because settlement is such an important decision, you should make sure that you are ready when you consider settling your […]

4 Reasons You Should Not Wait After an Injury

You should not wait after an injury to find out about your rights

You have probably heard the expression: “Good things come to those who wait”.  Most of the time, that is good advice.  But, when you have been injured or are disabled, waiting is almost never a good idea.  Here are some reasons why you should not wait: Waiting causes you to miss deadlines and lose your […]

Does Workers’ Compensation Pay Pain & Suffering?

Workers' compensation in Georgia pays benefits for lost wages and medical treatment, but does not pay money for pain and suffering

I often get asked by clients about getting paid for what they have gone through because of their injuries.  In a personal injury case, you can get paid for pain and suffering.  Sometimes, you can have a workers’ compensation case and a personal injury case from the same incident.  However, most people who are injured […]

What If I Make a Mistake and Get Hurt?

Usually, you can receive workers' compensation benefits even if an injury is your fault

Many people have good questions about injuries that happen at work.  We try to answer a lot of these questions in our PerkinsLawTalk blog.  Some examples of questions that we often get asked include: Can I see my own doctor? What benefits will I receive if I cannot go back to work? Can my employer […]

Is Sitting Bad For You?

Extending sitting can increase risks of obesity, cancer, and other medical conditions

Staying healthy is important to all of us.  Many of us strive to eat healthier and exercise more.  It is a struggle to do that.  Our lives are often busy and our jobs can get in the way of healthy living. Enter Wally from the Dilbert comic strip.  Recently, Wally filed a workers’ compensation claim […]

Mental Health Condition Discrimination in Georgia

Employees who develop mental health conditions as a result of their work are often denied workers' compensation benefits in Georgia

People who suffers from mental health conditions such as anxiety, depression, and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) have often been treated unfairly.  In the past, people suffering from these condition were often teased and ridiculed. Fortunately, a better understanding of mental health conditions and how to treat these conditions has allowed our society to work toward […]

Workers’ Compensation Burn Injuries

A woman gets treatment for a workers' compensation burn injury to her arm

The American Burn Association estimates that there are approximately 486,000 burn injuries per year that require medical treatment.  Approximately 40,000 of those require hospitalization.  Many of these injuries occur at as a result of chemicals, fire, or heat. What should I do if I am burned at work? The Mayo Clinic has some good tips […]

Big Businesses Want Special Workers’ Compensation Rules

Big businesses want to create special workers' compensation rules

Employees are frequently injured performing their jobs at their workplace.  The workers’ compensation system was created to provide injured workers with medical treatment for their injuries and benefits while they were out of work.  Injured workers could receive these benefits without having to file a lawsuit against their employers.  The workers’ compensation system has worked […]

Amputations and Catastrophic Workers’ Compensation Injuries

Workers who suffer catastrophic amputations injuries need to know about their workers' compensation benefits

Georgia workers’ compensation law has two basic designations of injuries: Catastrophic injuries Noncatastrophic injuries Benefits of a catastrophic designation There is a big difference between the benefits available to injured workers depending on which type of injury they have.  For example, injured workers with noncatastrophic injuries will find that they have a limited period during […]

Does Noise Exposure at Work Cause Heart Disease?

A recent study shows a connection between hearing loss and heart disease

Most of us assume that exposure to loud noises is going to affect our hearing as we age.  Hopefully, we wear ear protection when we are exposed to loud noises to prevent hearing loss. Study shows connection between heart disease and high frequency hearing loss But hearing loss may not be the only risk associated […]

Misconceptions about Georgia’s Workers’ Compensation Laws

Many people have misconceptions about Georgia's workers compensation laws

Many people have misunderstandings about Georgia’s Workers Compensation laws and how they work.  If you do not understand your workers’ compensation rights, you will probably not be treated fairly and may not be paid the benefits you should receive. Here are a few of the common misconceptions that people have about Georgia’s workers’ compensation laws: […]

State Board Changes Rules

The State Board of Workers' Compensation made changes to several of its rules in July 2015

The State Board of Workers’ Compensation publishes rules that govern the payment of workers’ compensation benefits.  These rules are used in addition to the Georgia Workers’ Compensation Act (Title 34, Section 9 of the Georgia Code). Just as changes are made to the Georgia Workers’ Compensation act by the Georgia legislature, the Chairman and Directors […]

A Helpful Statute of Limitations Case

A 2015 Court of Appeals case discusses how statutes of limitations apply to catastrophic injuries

Many of our previous blog articles have discussed the unfairness of some cases barring claims made by injured workers based on a statute of limitations.  Some of these cases prevent injured workers from getting workers’ compensation benefits they should receive. In a 2015 case from the Georgia Court of Appeals, an employer tried to argue […]

Can I Pick My Workers’ Compensation Doctor?

Georgia's workers' compensation law allows you to pick your workers' compensation doctor but there are limitations

YES.  Georgia’s workers compensation laws allow you to pick your workers’ compensation doctor.  It is important to understand that you may have a limited number of doctors from which to choose.  The doctors from which you can choose will depend on whether your employer has followed the rules about posting a list of doctors and […]

Workers Compensation Knee Replacement Surgery

Knee injuries sometimes require knee replacement surgery

Knee injuries at work can cause many difficulties.  These injuries often affect your ability to stand, walk, squat, climb, and lift.  These restrictions may prevent you from doing your job. After evaluating your knee injury, your doctor may recommend surgery.  Sometimes, this surgery may be a more minor surgery.  Other times, the doctor may determine […]

When the Insurance Company Denies Workers Compensation Benefits

Find out what to do when the insurance company denies workers compensation benefits

Why do workers’ compensation insurance companies deny you the weekly benefits and medical treatment you need? There are many answers to that question, but one likely answer is that they believe it is in their financial best interests to do so.  Paying you benefits costs the insurance company money.  If the insurance company pays less […]

Construction Injuries – Workers’ Compensation

Many people suffer constructions injuries on job sites

Commercial and residential construction can be dangerous.  The work is physically demanding.  It is not unusal for employees working construction jobs to suffer injuries.  If you are injured doing construction work, there are several things that you need to know about Georgia workers’ compensation law. Does your employer have workers’ compensation insurance? This is the […]