New 2017 GA Workers Compensation Medical Treatment Rules

The Form WC-PMT provides an option for overcoming the insurance company's delay and denial of your medical treatment

Georgia’s injured workers too often cannot receive timely medical treatment for their work injuries.  When your treating doctor recommends certain medical treatment, you should not have to wait months or longer to get that treatment. Unfortunately, insurance companies have taken advantage of a system which allows them to delay and deny workers compensation medical treatment. […]

Will Workers Compensation Pay Someone To Follow Me?

The workers' compensation insurance company may hire a private investigator to try to develop evidence to deny your claim

I refer to is as “surveillance”.  A private investigator parks near your house or some other location where they suspect you will be.  Once they see you, they observe you.  They follow you around  and takes pictures and video of you. You have probably heard the expression, “A picture is worth a thousand words”.  Unfortunately, […]

Does Workers Compensation Prevent Me From Getting a Job?

Many people have questions about whether a workers compensation injury prevents them from returning back to work

Many people who suffer a serious injury at work have questions about the rules of Georgia’s workers compensation law.  Many of these questions focus on two main areas: Getting medical treatment so they can recover from their injury What happens under Georgia’s workers compensation law if an injury affects their ability to work In this […]

What Is a Nurse Case Manager?

A nurse case manager may send a letter letting you know that the insurance company has asked them to work on your case

Georgia workers compensation is confusing.  You suffer an injury at work and you suddenly find yourself thrown into this system that you never wanted to be a part of. You talk with people from your employer and the workers compensation insurance company.  These people often give you information about what you need to do.  You […]

Does Georgia Workers Compensation Cover Preexisting Conditions?

If you have a preexisting condition, you need to know how Georgia's workers compensation rules apply to your case

We hear a lot about preexisting conditions in the news.  We hear debate about whether health insurance has to cover them. But, what about Georgia workers compensation insurance? Does it cover preexisting conditions? What is a preexisting condition? Basically, it is a medical condition that you already had.  It could be diabetes, high blood pressure, […]

Scheduling a Workers Compensation Doctors Appointment

You may find it difficult to schedule a workers compensation doctors appointment after your injury

You would think that scheduling a workers compensation doctors appointment would be pretty easy.  After all, you just call and schedule an appointment to see the doctor when you get sick. Unfortunately, the Georgia workers compensation system makes it a little harder than just using your health insurance.  Before we talk about that further, I […]

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 […]

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 […]

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. […]

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 […]

How Much Does It Cost to Hire a Workers Compensation Attorney?

Many people have questions about the cost of hiring a workers' compensation attorney

Many people want to hire a workers’ compensation attorney but have concerns about how much it will cost.  They worry that they will have to pay by the hour to meet with an attorney.  They also worry that they will have to pay up front costs when they hire an attorney. I understand people’s concerns […]

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 […]

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 […]