Do I Get a Settlement for My Workers Compensation Knee Injury?

When you injure your knee doing your job, you will probably have a workers compensation case.  Most people know something about workers compensation.  They may know that it pays for medical treatment and some of their lost wages. Many people also have heard of workers compensation settlements.  But, a lot of people do not know […]

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 […]

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 […]

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. […]

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 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 […]

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 […]

Depression and Anxiety from a Work Injury

Depressed man sitting on couch after workers' compensation injury

Injuries almost always cause pain.  Pain often makes people feel depressed.  Pain can also cause lack of sleep.  Lack of sleep can also cause depression. Many people take a lot of pride in the work they do.  Limitations from a serious injury can often keep you from doing your job.  A serious injury may also […]

What Does A Permanent Partial Disability Rating Mean?

Arm injuries

We often get calls or e-mails from injured workers.  They have received a permanent partial disability benefits check in the mail paying them a lump sum of money after the doctor has given them an impairment rating.  They wonder why they are getting a check and what it is paying. Many of them have concerns […]

What is a Workers’ Compensation Case Settlement?

Jason Perkins discusses settlement of a workers' compensation case

Are you entitled to a workers’ compensation settlement? That is a good question that many people ask me. The short answer to that question is that you are not necessarily “entitled” to a settlement.  Most people who are injured at work do end up receiving a settlement, but a settlement is something different than what […]