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What are Board settlement mediations, and where do they occur?

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In our experience, most workers’ compensation claims in Georgia are ultimately resolved through settlement. While neither party is ever required to settle a claim, usually both the injured worker and the employer/insurer find some benefit in settlement. The most obvious benefit to the injured worker is that settlement allows you to collect a larger… Read More »

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Can I Get Georgia Workers’ Compensation Benefits if the Emergency Room Gave Me a Work Excuse?

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Yes, if your trip to the emergency room was authorized by your employer and you are out-of-work for more than 7 days. Your employer’s workers’ compensation insurance company will pay you income benefits if you are out-of-work for more than 7 days and the out-of-work restrictions were provided by an authorized medical provider. If… Read More »

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I Tested Positive for Marijuana. Can I receive Workers’ Compensation Benefits?

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Even though you have tested positive for marijuana following a work accident, you may still be eligible to receive workers’ compensation benefits in Georgia. But you probably also need to hire a lawyer as soon as possible! In Georgia, anyone who has an accident at work may be asked to take a drug test…. Read More »

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Will my Workers’ Compensation Check be the same every week?

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The answer to this question depends on if you are receiving temporary total disability (TTD) checks or temporary partial disability (TPD) checks. If you are receiving TTD checks, then your authorized treating physician has either placed you on total work restrictions (“no work” status) or placed you on light/modified/restricted duty status and your employer… Read More »

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I was laid off because of the Coronavirus. Can I still receive workers’ compensation benefits?

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Across the country and here in Georgia, millions of people have lost their jobs due to COVID-19 (Coronavirus). Many people have asked us whether they are still entitled to workers’ compensation benefits, even after they have lost their job. To best answer this question, it is easiest to sort potential benefit seekers into two… Read More »

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Will the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Affect My Georgia Workers’ Compensation Claim?

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Several of our clients have reached out to us to ask whether the spread of the Coronavirus in Georgia and the various declarations made by the Governor and other government officials will have any effect on their ongoing workers’ compensation claims. The answer is yes and no. The important thing to know is that… Read More »

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Can I Settle My Workers’ Compensation Case?

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“Does workman’s comp settle cases?” “How do I just go ahead and move on from workers’ comp?” “I don’t want surgery; I just want to settle. How do I do it?” I have had the question posed to me dozens of different ways; but all of my former clients were essentially asking the same… Read More »

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Can I still pursue my Georgia workers’ compensation claim if the insurance company has denied it?

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Yes. You can and should pursue your workers’ compensation claim, even if the insurance company has denied. In Georgia, workers’ compensation insurance companies are required by state law to send you a form with a listing of the reason for the denial of the claim. Unfortunately, many times the insurance company fails to send… Read More »

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Are you allowed to get a second opinion from a doctor of your choice in your Georgia workers’ compensation claim?

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Yes. If you are are receiving weekly checks from the insurance company, or you have received weekly checks within the past 120 days, your are entitled to a second opinion with a doctor of your choice. Furthermore, the insurance company will prepay up to $1,200.00 for the second opinion. However, you will want to… Read More »

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State of Georgia May Start Settling Workers’ Compensation Claims …

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It appears the State of Georgia has figured out that it is a good idea to settle workers’ compensation claims instead of paying benefits for the 400-week life of a claim. This article only discusses state agencies, but it would be wise for local governments, MARTA, and other governmental entities to also reconsider settlement… Read More »

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