Do you have workers’ compensation questions related to the COVID-19 coronavirus?

Continued Efforts to Harm Injured Workers3 minute read

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 most other states as well.

Unfortunately, this means that those statutes can be changed.  Sometimes, those with money, power, and influence attempt to have the laws changed in ways that are advantageous to them.  In the workers’ compensation system, insurance companies and large self-insured employers often attempt to change the laws so that they have to pay less benefits to workers who are injured while performing their jobs.

ProPublica’s series of article about workers’ compensation

ProPublica has written a great series of articles on how injured workers have been harmed by insurance companies and employers pushing to change the law.  These articles have discussed how some large employers are pushing to set up their own “workers’ compensation” systems where they would play by their own rules.

In their most recent workers’ compensation article, ProPublica discusses how Tyson Foods has attempted to change the workers’ compensation system in a number of states to make it more favorable to employers.  These changes allow employers to increase their profits while avoiding costs associated with injuries from dangerous work environments.  Instead, the costs of the injuries get passed onto the rest of because group health insurance, Medicare, or Medicaid ends up paying the cost of medical treatment when the responsible employer avoids paying for treatment.

The push by large employers and insurance companies to harm injured workers

The push by employers and insurance companies to change the law in their favor occurs regularly in Georgia and other states.  Unfortunately, it often goes unnoticed.  Employers and insurance companies reap great profits from changing the workers’ compensation laws in their favor.

But most people who will be harmed by these changes are not even aware that the changes are being proposed.  The people who will be harmed are just doing their jobs support themselves and their families.  They have not been hurt yet.  But, when they are injured, they could find that an unfair workers’ compensation system awaits them.

We fight against unfair changes in Georgia’s workers’ compensation system.  We also work hard on behalf of our clients to make sure that Georgia’s workers’ compensation system treats them as fairly as possible.  Many other attorneys who represent injured workers in Georgia and other states do the same thing.

But employers and insurance companies are always pushing states for a more “business friendly” environment.  As Michael Grabell mentions in his recent ProPublica article, they may dangle something like a large new plant opening (and the jobs it will create) when pushing for “business friendly” changes to the workers’ compensation laws.  Unfortunately, in the world of workers’ compensation, “business friendly” really just harms workers so that corporations can have greater profits.  Good corporations should be able to make fair profits and still treat injured workers fairly.

How you and others can try to help preserve a fair workers’ compensation system

We appreciate you taking the time to read this article.  If all of us are more aware of the changes that are being made to Georgia’s workers’ compensation system, we can make sure that Georgia has a system that is fair to injured workers.  Then, if you or anyone you know ever suffers an injury at work, you can at least know that they stand a chance of being treated fairly.

If you would like to continue to keep up to date on Georgia’s workers’ compensation and personal injury laws, you can bookmark our blog.  We update it regularly.

What if I have other questions about workers compensation?

Georgia’s workers compensation system can be very confusing.  You have to worry about getting the treatment you need and paying your bills while also worrying about not missing any deadlines that could cause you to lose your right to receive workers compensation benefits.

If you have questions, I would recommend that you try to get answers.  To find out more about how to schedule a time to talk to me about your workers compensation questions, just read this short article.

Jason Perkins is an attorney who specializes in representing injured workers.  He regularly publishes videos and write blog articles about Georgia’s workers compensation system and issues that are important to injured workers and their families.

To be notified of Jason’s new workers compensation videos, subscribe to his Georgia Workers Compensation Video Series channel on YouTube by clicking the subscribe button below.

Brittney-lee orourkeBrittney-lee orourke
05:23 18 Feb 22
Amazing! Jason and his team were very helpful and had the best communication by far. Walked me though every step with great detail and had answers for any question I had. They handled my case better then I could imagine, it was a weird case and they stayed on top of it and kept me updated every step of the way! Highly recommend this Team! Thanks so much to Jason and his Awesome team!-Brittney
China JonesChina Jones
18:58 08 Feb 22
I absolutely love this group of attorneys, when I was at my lowest they did everything they could to help me get justice for my injury. I believe if I were to have never picked my phone up and called the amazing group that helped me I definitely would not have received my idea of rights. If you have an issue and are just not sure please understand that they will help you, stay in contact, answer any question you have, and for sure get you the justice you deserve I thank them from the bottom of my heart and I will definitely refer them to anyone who has been hurt because they most definitely care about their work and clients.
Luv LocsLuv Locs
16:08 15 Jan 22
The entire law office was attentive and responsive to all of my concerns dealing with my workers compensation case.
moombimoombi
21:14 02 Jan 22
If you must get a lawyer involved, you’d do well to work with Jason Perkins and his team at Perkins Studdard Law.They were thorough in gathering information and in sharing all the steps in the workers comp process specific to my case. Jason and the team were responsive to my bevy of questions and concerns.I appreciated the informative videos and consultations provided by Jason over video meetings and multiple phone calls.I hope I’m never injured on the job again. However, if I am and if my employer responds as my previous employer did, I’ll contact Perkins Studdard Law immediately to handle the case.
Dana BessDana Bess
23:57 10 Dec 21
Everyone at Perkins Studdard was kind and professional. They were always extremely responsive and answered all questions that I had and followed up to make sure I had an understanding of what was going on along with emailing videos to explain every step of my case so I would know what to expect and be prepared. Jason is a very genuine person and I trusted him with my case. He answered so many questions for me even before I retained him as my WC lawyer. I highly recommend him and his associates at Perkins Studdard.
js_loader

Related Posts

Contrast:

Font Size:

Jason Perkins

Workers' Compensation Attorney

Interested in more Workers Compensation information?

I’ll help you understand the workers' compensation process and how to get the benefits you deserve.

  • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.