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Why Do We Have Labor Day3 minute read

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 school.  That has changed and kids now have been back in school for many weeks.

Why do we have Labor Day?

I don’t think that many of us spend time thinking about why we have Labor Day.  Labor Day is an annual tribute to our workers and what they have done for our country.Labor Day celebrates all of the contributions of our country's working men and womenLabor Day really gets me thinking about how we treat our country’s workers.  Do we care about them? If so, do our laws reflect that?

A friend of mine talks often about how our nation’s buildings and companies are built on the bodies of workers.  He is right.  Our nation would not be what it is today without the men and women who worked and sacrificed to make it great.

These men and women often worked dangerous jobs.  They worked in coal mines.  They worked in factories.  They worked building skyscrapers.

Just looking at the pictures of the people working building skyscrapers makes me nervous.  I could never work that high, but I certainly am thankful for the people who do.

Many workers each year are killed on the job.  Many more are injured.  Our countries workers’ compensation laws are designed to take care of those workers.

First aid treatment for work injury

The workers’ compensation systems in our country were set up to provide benefits to workers who were injured on the job and the families of worker who were killed.  Those who regularly read this blog know that I think there are many problems with Georgia’s workers’ compensation system.  Here are just a few:

  • The maximum benefit is extremely low
  • There is no cost of living adjustment for benefits
  • PTSD and many other “mental” injuries are not covered unless they happen to be accompanied by a physical injury
  • Catastrophically injured workers lose their right to benefits because of the strict unfairness of the “change in condition” statute of limitations

I’ve represented injured workers for over fifteen years.  I cannot tell you how many times I have been told by my clients that they just want to be treated fairly.  I also cannot tell you how many times I have had to tell them that Georgia’s workers’ compensation law is not going to treat them fairly.

When our country’s workers are injured doing their jobs, they need to be treated fairly.  Their health and well being should be much more important than increasing the profits of insurance companies that write workers’ compensation insurance.  Georgia’s workers’ compensation laws makes me believe we do not treat them fairly.

Please take a little time on Labor Day to think about our country’s workers and how we treat them.  If you are interested in finding out more about Labor Day and its history, you might start with this article on the Department of Labor’s website.

Have a great Labor Day!

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.
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