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The Right To Be Heard: Due Process in Georgia Workers’ Compensation Claims

If you are injured at work in Georgia, you may never have to go to court in your claim or you may end up going to court many times. The right to have your day in court and present your side of the story is one of the most important protections in the American judical system. An important part of that right is the concept of due process which means you are given notice about what is going to be decided in court and you have a right to present your case regarding the issue or issues that will be decided.

The Georgia Court of Appeals recently decided the case of Harris v. Eastman Youth Development Center, — S.E.2d —, 2012 WL 1255159 (Ga. App. 2012). This Workers’ Compensation case involved whether the State Board of Workers’ Compensation erred when it decided that the back condition that the injured worker was experiencing was no longer caused by the injury at work. The Court of Appeals reviewed the case and decided that the State Board of Workers’ Compensation did err because the injured worker was not told that the back condition was going to be an issue at the hearing. Since the injured worker was not given notice that the back injury would be an issue at the hearing, the case was sent back to the State Board of Workers’ Compensation for the judge to issue a new award. As attorneys representing people who have been injured in Carrollton and the surrounding West Georgia area, we are glad to know that people who are injured at work or as a result of the negligence of others have the same right to be notified of the issues and to present their cases in court as large companies do.

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.

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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.
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.

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