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My Employer Is Requiring Me To Get The COVID Vaccine! Is That Legal?

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There’s a lot of fear and uncertainty surrounding the two vaccines that have been made available to the public for the purposes of immunizing Americans against COVID-19. Some folks are taking it gladly because they want their lives to return to normal. Others are fearful of the potential side effects of the vaccine or… Read More »

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Nitrogen Leak Kills Six At Georgia Plant

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Six died and eleven more were hospitalized after liquid nitrogen leaked from a Georgia chicken processing plant. The families of the six workers have filed wrongful death lawsuits against the food processing plant for which their loved ones worked. A second company responsible for installing the refrigeration system has also been named in the… Read More »

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Mental Health Injuries And Workers’ Compensation

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Those who are abused by others within their workplace have a remedy to file a civil rights lawsuit so long as the abuse was related to a protected characteristic like race, age, gender, or disability. But what about mental health or psychological injuries that occur just because your job is very stressful? What if… Read More »

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Lawsuit Filed After SK Battery Worker Died In Fall

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A lawsuit has been filed by the grieving widow of a former construction contractor who lost his life in a deadly fall at the SK Battery Plant in Jackson County. The plant had been the subject of several OSHA complaints prior to the incident, but the plant contends that the fall was the result… Read More »

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Workers’ Comp Insurer Sues Virginia Governor

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One of those mean old insurance companies are suing Virginia Governor Jim Justice and Justice Family Group, LLC for failure to pay $166,000 in workers’ compensation deductibles. According to a recent article, the two parties are nearing a settlement. The insurer claimed that the Virginia Governor refused to pay two years’ worth of deductibles… Read More »

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Myrtle Beach Facing Several Lawsuits From Former Employees

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Some folks just don’t get that they too must follow the law. Several Myrtle Beach employees, including a 36-year veteran of City have filed lawsuits claiming that they were attacked, fired, and lied about so that workers’ compensation claims could be denied. One of the plaintiffs, who worked for Myrtle Beach for 36 years,… Read More »

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Gig Economy And Georgia Workers’ Compensation Laws

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The “gig economy” is a term for the transition from typical employer-employee relationships to business-to-contractor relationships. While more and more folks are entering the gig economy as a way to earn extra money, more still are relying on contractor labor to provide for themselves and their families. As for employers, they benefit in several… Read More »

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Setting Up Your Online Workers’ Compensation Account With Sedgwick: A Step By Step Guide

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If you have an accepted Georgia workers’ compensation claim being managed by Sedgwick CMS and are receiving weekly workers’ compensation checks, you can create an online account at www.mysedgwick.com. Once you have an account set up you will be able to access information about your claim, including the dates and amounts of the most… Read More »

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Family Files Lawsuit After Worker Dies Of COVID

By O’Connell Law Firm |

The family of a worker who was employed by the state’s mental health department has filed a lawsuit against the government to gain access to records that they believe showed that the government was negligent. According to the complaint, the deceased worker was exposed to another employee who was showing signs of the virus… Read More »

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Deaths At Meat Plants Higher Than Previously Reported

By O’Connell Law Firm |

The poultry and meat industry is a big business in Georgia. It employs thousands of workers across over a dozen cities. These workers labor every day in challenging conditions, and during the Covid-19 pandemic they have continued to work as essential workers, despite the dangers posed by the Coronavirus. Now the Wall Street Journal… Read More »

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