Is Knee Surgery Covered By Workers Compensation?

Your workers compensation doctor tells you that you need knee surgery.  You probably have a number of questions. Does workers compensation pay for the surgery? Will the surgery cost you anything? Do you have to have the knee surgery? Can you get a second opinion? How long will it take to get the surgery approved? […]

The Difference Between TTD and PPD Benefits

Many people have questions about the differences between temporary total and permanent partial disability

You may receive temporary total and permanent partial disability benefits after a work injury.  Many people receive both of these benefits.  Unfortunately, insurance companies do not always pay these benefits at the correct time or in the correct amounts. Most people just want to receive whatever benefits they should.  But, many people find it difficult […]

Can Doctors Use Medical Marijuana for Pain Management?

While Georgia has legalized the medical use of cannabis oil in limited situations, it has not yet legalized medical marijuana

Many states have legalized medical marijuana in recent years.  Procon.org reports that over half of U.S. states have legalized marijuana for medical use to some extent. Georgia has not yet legalized marijuana for medical use.  However, Georgia passed a law in 2015 which allows the use of cannabis oil in certain situations.  Other states also […]

Is Hip Replacement Covered By Workers Compensation?

An injury at work can cause you to need hip replacement surgery

Severe hip injuries cause excruciating pain.  They affect your ability to do just about anything including standing, sitting, and working.  In recent years, hip replacement has become a popular way to treat severe hip conditions. When your worker compensation doctor recommends hip replacement, that recommendation can create a number of different issues.  In this article, […]

Workers Compensation Settlement Timelines

If you have been injured at work, you may have questions about the timeline for a workers compensation settlement

Many people ask me good questions about workers compensation settlements.  Some of the common questions people ask me include the following: How long does it take a workers compensation case to settle? Does the time it takes to reach a settlement affect the amount of the settlement? If I wait too long to settle my […]

Does Uber Pay Workers Compensation?

Many Uber and Lyft drivers have questions about whether they are covered by Georgia workers' compensation

Uber and Lyft have grown into billion dollar companies in a relatively short time.  Uber employs over 1 million drivers, and Lyft has over 100,000. Some Uber drivers suffer injuries in car wrecks.  Others may suffer an injury loading or unloading a customers luggage.  So, what happens when Uber and Lyft drivers suffer workers compensation injuries? […]

How 2016 Georgia Court Decisions Affected Workers Compensation

Georgia court decisions affect the rights of injured workers in workers compensation cases

The Georgia Supreme Court and Georgia Court of Appeals make workers compensation decisions every year.  Most of these decisions do two important things: They decide the legal issue or issues in that particular workers compensation case. They establish law (referred to as precedent) that judges apply in other workers compensation cases. Just like the Supreme […]

Do Safety Rule Violations Bar Workers Compensation Benefits?

If an injury occurs because of a safety rule violation, can the injured worker receive workers compensation benefits?

Many employer have safety rules they require employers to follow.  Sometimes, the employer has a manual that spells out the rules.  Other times, your employer just gives you instructions in writing. If you suffer an injury at work, your employer may try to claim that violating a safety rule caused your injury.  Can you still […]

Hiring a Workers Compensation Attorney

You have thought about hiring a workers compensation attorney.  But, how do you decide who you should hire? You want to make sure the workers compensation insurance company does not take advantage of you.  Yet, many people put off hiring an attorney because they find the process difficult.  Some people find it intimidating. If you […]

Authorized Treating Physician

Authorized treating physician is a legal term for your primary doctor in a Georgia workers compensation case.  Your authorized treating physician has special privileges in your case that other doctors do not.  These privileges affect the workers compensation benefits you receive. Clearly, you need doctors to get good medical treatment.  Understanding the privileges and powers […]

How Long Does a Workers Compensation Settlement Take?

Many people have questions about how Georgia workers compensation settlements are approved and how long it takes

Georgia workers compensation settlements require approval.  This means that you and the insurance company cannot just agree to settle your case.  For a settlement to be official, the Georgia State Board of Workers’ Compensation has to approve your agreement. Many people have questions about how the approval process works.  In this article, I will discuss […]

Permanent Partial and Temporary Partial Disability

Many people have questions about when they should receive permanent partial and temporary partial disability benefits from the workers' compensation insurance company

When you receive Georgia workers compensation benefits, you may find it difficult to understand what type of benefits you receive.  Permanent partial and temporary partial disability are two types of weekly workers compensation benefits. Many insurance companies do not pay workers compensation benefits correctly.  They may not pay the right amounts.  Often, they do not […]

Requesting a Workers Compensation Hearing

Many people have questions about how to request a workers compensation hearing

Unfortunately, insurance companies often do not pay the workers’ compensation benefits they should.  To get the benefits you deserve, you may have to request a workers compensation hearing.  This article discusses how you can request a hearing and gives some insight into what happens between the time you request a hearing and when you go […]

Workers Compensation Deadlines for Medical Treatment

Medical treatment is one of the primary benefits workers compensation pays for an injury.  But like the benefits, you must contend with deadlines to make sure you receive this benefit. Georgia’s workers compensation law has a number of different deadlines.  You should make sure you know what these deadlines are so they do not affect […]

Temporary Total and Temporary Partial Disability

Temporary total and temporary partial disability benefit checks pay injured workers for lost wages

The lost wages checks you receive from the insurance company often cause confusion.  The checks or the check stubs will talk about temporary total disability, temporary partial disability, or permanent partial disability. You may have difficulty figuring out if you are getting the right check.  Sometimes, the checks do not even have the complete terminology. […]

Do Workers Compensation Injuries Cause Herniated Discs?

Many people suffer neck and back pain from herniated discs

Workers’ compensation back and neck injuries often cause herniated discs.  Many people have difficulty getting medical treatment or other workers compensation benefits for these injuries. This article provides information about a few different workers compensation issues for herniated discs: Common reasons workers compensation insurance companies deny claims for herniated discs Common medical treatments covered by […]

What is a Medicare Set-Aside (MSA)?

Many people have questions about whether they need to have a Medicare set-aside as part of a workers compensation settlement

A Medicare set-aside (MSA for short) is a mechanism sometimes used in settlement when Medicare might have an interest in your workers’ compensation case.  Generally, funds from settlement create the Medicare-set aside account.  An injured worker then uses those funds after settlement to pay for medical treatment for the work injury. I do not intend […]

Late Workers Compensation Checks

Insurance companies can have to pay late penalties when they do not send workers compensation checks on time

The insurance company has a duty to pay you a workers compensation check when your injury prevents you from working.  Georgia law provides that the insurance company must pay that check on a weekly basis. I can tell you that many insurance companies fail to pay on time.  Some miss weeks.  Others do not mail […]

Talking to the Workers Compensation Doctor

To get good medical treatment, you need to be able to discuss your injury with your workers compensation doctor

If you have suffered an injury at work, you probably want to get the medical treatment you need to recover.  A good doctor will provide you with that treatment.  But workers’ compensation is complicated.  To make sure you get the medical treatment you need, you must talk to the workers’ compensation doctor about your injury. […]