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April, 2009:

If I settle my Workers’ Compensation Claim, am I still entitled to my pension and retirement benefits?

When an employee settles his or her workers’ compensation claim, the Employer/Insurer usually requires the employee voluntarily resign.  At the settlement, many employees become concerned about their pension and/or retirement benefits, such as flight privileges, monetary bonuses, health insurance coverage, disability insurance coverage and numerous other perks.  Often times (more…)

Ramos Law Firm Members Help Make Wishes Come True

The Ramos Law Firm participated in the 2009 Walk For Wishes for the Make-A-Wish Foundation on Saturday, April 25, 2009, at Atlantic Station.  The Walk kicked-off with music, food, and stories from the children benefitting from the event.  Other teams included participants from Concentra Medical Clinic, Kohl’s, GMAC, and Carter Properties. The Walk was approximately two miles long which wrapped around Atlantic Station.  “Our workers’ compensation attorneys are active in the community, and I am glad that we were able to lend a hand today,” Bryan Ramos commented. (more…)

Alumni Leaders Week at Johnson & Wales University

Most people probably have the notion that their attorney went to high school, undergrad, law school, and began practicing right away.  That is not necessarily the case.

After I received my undergraduate degree at Ohio Wesleyan University, I attended Johnson & Wales University, where I received a degree in culinary arts.  In fact, I cooked professionally for some time before deciding to go on to law school.

Johnson & Wales University is far more than a culinary institution(more…)

Are grandchildren considered dependents and eligible to receive death benefits?

In society today, it is not unusual to see grandchildren living with their grandparents.  Under the workers’ compensation laws are grandchildren considered dependents?  Biological children of an employee that are under age 18 are considered dependents. Pursuant to O.C.G.A. § 34-9-13, a “child” also includes dependent stepchildren, legally adopted children, posthumous children, and acknowledged children born out of wedlock.  Married children are not considered dependents.

As for grandchildren (more…)

Providing Information To Your Workers’ Compensation Attorney To Help Your Claim

In preparing to discuss a claim with a workers’ compensation attorney, it is important for the injured worker to gather up all the information about the injury he or she can to provide to the attorney.  However, it does not stop there.  In assessing a litigation strategy in a workers’ compensation claim, it is important for the attorney to have (more…)

Can an employee injured on his way home from working out of town get compensation?

Let’s assume the following facts: An employee works for a construction company based in Atlanta, Georgia; he is assigned to a construction project in Alabama; his employer is not reimbursing the employee for time and travel in the employee’s personal car to the remote location; on his way home to Atlanta on a Friday afternoon at 6:15 p.m. he is injured in a car accident. Can the employee receive workers’ compensation benefits for his injuries and lost time resulting from the car accident?

Under the above facts (more…)

Make-A-Wish Walk

On April 25, 2009 members from the Ramos Law Firm and their families will participate in the Make-A-Wish Walk at Atlantic Station Central Park. The pre-event activities will begin at 8:30 am and the 2 mile walk/run will begin at 10:30 am.  This event will raise money for the Make-A-Wish Foundation.  For more information or to make a donation, please click here.

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Lies about Past Injuries Can Harm a Claimant’s Workers’ Comp Case

Pursuant to the case law presented in Georgia Electric Company v. Rycroft, 259 Ga. 155, 378 S.E.2d 111 (1989), an employee’s claim for workers’ compensation benefits may be denied if the employer can prove that the employee lied about old injuries. (more…)

Injured during a break at work in Georgia

The Appellate Division recently examined two different scenarios in which a worker was injured while performing tasks that were not part of their job duties and came up with two different results.

In the first case, (more…)

Changes to the workers’ compensation law – House Bill 330

On March 20, 2009, the Georgia Senate passed and adopted House Bill 330 without opposition.  This appears to be the bill recommended by the SBWC Chairperson’s Advisory Committee.  Click here for the current version of the Bill.

Notably among the proposed legislative changes, there is a significant modification with regard to the form medical releases (WC-207). (more…)