Affording a Good Workers Compensation Attorney

Many people want to hire a workers compensation attorney.  But, they have several concerns about hiring an attorney: Will they have enough money? Does the attorney charge by the hour to work on their case? Will they have to pay up front costs when they hire an attorney? I understand people’s concerns that hiring an […]

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 […]

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 […]

Uber Workers Compensation Injuries

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? […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

How Dangerous Is Workers Compensation Pain Medication?

Pain medication can help relieve pain, but what risks are associated with it

Injuries cause pain.  Each one of us has experienced this.  Usually, we experience minor injuries and the pain goes away quickly.  The only pain medication we take is ibuprofen or acetaminophen. Unfortunately, many workers’ compensation injuries cause pain that is more severe and lasts longer.  When doctors treat these injuries, they often recommend prescription strength […]

Do Armed Robberies Cause PTSD?

Many injured workers develop PTSD after experiencing a traumatic event at work

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) affects millions of Americans.  Many veterans suffer from it as a result of their service to our country.  Many of our countries first responders suffer from it as well as a result of trauma encountered on the job. Of course, work-related PTSD is not limited to first responders.  Many people experience […]

Opioid Treatment and Addiction after a Work Injury

Doctors sometime use opioid treatment to relieve pain from a work injury

Doctors often prescribe opioids to treat pain after a workers’ compensation injury.  Doctors prescribe opioids because they can provide very good pain relief. Many people are familiar with the names of different opioid medications. Some of the most common ones include: Oxycontin Percocet Lorcet Demerol Norco Vicodin While these medications provide pain relief, it is […]

Should There Be A Workers’ Compensation Cost of Living Adjustment?

Increases in the cost of living mean the same amount of money does not buy as much

The cost of living almost always goes up each year.  This increase in the cost of living is measured by the consumer price index (CPI).  The CPI measures changes in prices paid by consumers for goods and services.  It will tell you whether your money goes as far as it used to go. A review of […]

Do I Need Back Surgery?

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Many people dread a doctor mentioning the possibility of back surgery.  Unfortunately, serious back injuries happen too often at work. I have represented many clients who suffer from herniated discs, injured facet joints, and fractured vertebra as a result of injuries at work.  Many of these clients have had back surgery.  Sometimes, that surgery has […]

Why Do We Have Labor Day

Labor Day celebrates all of the contributions of our country's working men and women

Labor Day means the end of summer for many of us.  It is a long weekend.  If the weather is good, you may spend time at the pool or the lake.  You will probably grill out. You may spend some time watching football. Labor Day used to be the time that children started back to […]

My Workers’ Comp Doctor Has Nothing More To Offer Me

You may need to get another medical opinion if the workers' comp doctor tells you there is nothing more to do

You have gotten some medical treatment from a workers’ comp doctor but are still in a lot of pain.  The doctor tells you, “You are just going to have to learn to live with pain.”  Is that right? Is there nothing you can do? Doctors cannot fix everything.  But, that does not mean the workers’ […]

Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton, and Workers’ Compensation: Frame of Reference

Our views about Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton in the 2016 Presidential race may give us some insight into our frame of reference

I listened to an interesting podcast from Invisiblia recently called “Frame of Reference” (it was released on July 8, 2016).  It really got me thinking about how what we think is affected by our experiences.  I would recommend taking some time and listening to it. As I am writing this, the Presidential race is in full swing. […]

How Much Should I Settle My Workers Compensation Case For?

Many people have questions about how much they should settle their workers' compensation cases for

Most workers’ compensation cases settle.  For the insurance company, this means they can close a file.  For an injured worker, it means that they generally receive some sort of lump sum payment.  The difficult question is how much you should accept to settle a workers’ compensation case. This question is extremely difficult.  Before trying to […]

Mind or Body: Caring for our Injured Veterans and Workers

VA has improved the benefits it provides to soldiers with PTSD and other mental health conditions

Our law firm represents injured veterans and injured workers.  Most veterans receive benefits for their service-connected injuries through VA.  Most injured workers receive benefits for their injuries through state workers’ compensation systems. Our nation’s veterans kept us safe.  VA is a promise to our veterans for the service they provide. Our nation’s workers are a […]

Don’t Make This Workers’ Compensation Mistake

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Changing doctors without knowing all your rights is a common workers’ compensation mistake.  Getting good medical treatment is important.  The rules about changing doctors can be tricky. You have rights under Georgia’s workers’ compensation laws that help you get good medical treatment.  You need to understand those rights before changing doctors. Do I need to […]

Beating Insurance Company Medical Treatment Denials

Workers' compensation insurance company medical treatment denials can make it difficult to recover from an injury

Probably the most common reason people call me is medical treatment denials.  These denials come in several forms: An actual denial – “We are denying payment for your surgery.” A partial denial – “We will approve your medical treatment but you have to have it with a different medical provider.” A medical delay – “We […]

Georgia Workers’ Compensation Eye Injuries

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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. […]