Foot and Ankle Permanent Partial Disability Benefits

Severe foot and ankle injuries may cause permanent impairment which may entitle you to permanent partial disability benefits

Most people spend a lot of time on their feet.  Most jobs require some amount of standing and walking.  Some jobs require you to be on your feet almost constantly. Because of this, serious feet and ankle injuries cause big problems for many people.  Often, these injuries occur as a result of falls, motor vehicle […]

What PPD Should I Get for a Back Injury?

Serious back injuries and back surgeries often result in some amount of permanent impairment.  Basically, this means that you do not have a full recovery. Permanent impairment could result from limited range of motion.  You might not be able to lift as much as you did before. Pain could potentially cause permanent impairment as well. PPD […]

Is Alabama Workers Compensation Unconstitutional?

Many of my clients complain about the fairness of Georgia’s workers compensation laws.  From my perspective, those laws definitely favor employers and insurance companies instead of injured workers. Each state has its own workers compensation system.  State legislatures usually create these systems by passing a set of laws known as a workers compensation act. Alabama’s […]

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 […]

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, […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Getting Proper Medical Treatment for Neck Injuries

Serious neck injuries often cause people to miss work and need extensive medical treatment

Many people suffer neck injuries at work each year.  While some of these injuries are minor, many injuries can cause you to miss months or longer from work.  Some injuries require extensive medical treatment including surgery and other procedures. If you injure your neck and get medical treatment, the doctor may diagnose you with a […]

Crush Injuries at Work

Crush injuries occur when an object crushes all or part of a person’s body.  These types of injuries can cause serious problems.  Crush injuries to the whole body can be fatal.  Crush injuries to part of the body can cause permanent pain and disability. This article discusses different types of crush injuries.  This article also […]

Georgia Workers’ Compensation Eye Injuries

workers compensation eye injury

Many people suffer workers’ compensation eye injuries each year.  In fact, over 2000 people injure their eyes at work every day. While many of these injuries are minor, some people go partially or completely blind as a result of work-related eye injuries. Understanding the special rules that apply to these types of injuries is important. […]

Filing a Workers Compensation Claim

If you are hurt on the job in Georgia, you probably have a Georgia workers compensation case.  Understanding the basics of Georgia’s workers compensation laws will help assure that you are treated fairly.  This article will provide you some basic information about the benefits you may receive and situations you may encounter Reporting your injury Georgia […]

Maximum Medical Improvement (MMI)

You may read about maximum medical improvement on some paperwork from your workers’ compensation doctor.  Like many medical terms, you may wonder what it means.  You probably wonder how it will affect your workers’ compensation benefits. Maximum medical improvement (or MMI for short) means that your injury is basically “as good as it is going […]

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 […]

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: […]

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 […]

Statutes of Limitations in Workers’ Compensation Claims

Statute of limitations deadline approaching on calendar

A statute of limitations is dangerous.  It is a deadline for filing your claim. If you do not file your claim within the time provided, you will probably lose your case.  You will lose your claim without even getting a chance to prove it. Under the workers’ compensation law in Georgia, there are at least […]

Determining the Correct TTD and PPD Benefit Amount in Georgia Workers’ Compensation Claims

TTD amount

This is the second in a series of blog articles about wage loss payments (temporary total disability and temporary partial disability benefits) in Georgia Workers’ Compensation claims.  The first article in this series discussed what temporary total and temporary partial disability benefits are and when they are first paid in a workers’ compensation case. This […]