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June, 2009:

State Employees are eligible for workers’ compensation benefits

It is not surprising that the largest employer of Georgia workers is the State of Georgia itself.  The State of Georgia has dozens of agencies from the State Accounting Office to the Department of Transportation.  Under the workers’ compensation code, state workers are included as eligible employees for benefits should they be injured on the job.

Not unlike any other injured worker, the state employee who is injured on the job (more…)

Attorneys Contribute Time In Educating Latino Community About Workers’ Compensation Rights

In conjunction with the Georgia State Bar and the YLD’s Minorities In the Profession Committee, the Ramos Law Firm organized and presented “Law Day” to the Latin American Association in Atlanta, Georgia on June 27, 2009. The event was designed to provide an educational forum to (more…)

Make-A-Wish Foundation Recognizes The Ramos Law Firm

Since it’s Friday we thought we’d keep it light today.  At the Ramos Law Firm we like to promote community involvement and get involved ourselves.  Earlier this year several attorneys, staff members and their families participated in the Walk for Wishes to benefit (more…)

How Will I Receive Medical Treatment if My Workers’ Comp Claim is Controverted?

When the Employer/Insurer “controverts” or determines a workers’ compensation claim is not compensable, the Employer/Insurer will not pay for the injured Employee’s medical treatment. Consequently, the injured Employee will be responsible for finding a physician to treat with and for payment of his or her medical bills.  This determination does not (more…)

What Role Does Medical History Play in Workers’ Compensation Claims?

Most individuals enjoy a certain level of privacy regarding their medical history.  Most employees are weary about sharing intimate details about their medical history with the employer/insurer; however, pursuant to O.C.G.A. 34-9-207, the employer/insurer may be entitled to this information.

In a Georgia workers’ compensation claim (more…)

What is the value of my workers’ compensation case?

A common question that the Atlanta attorneys of the Ramos Law Firm are asked is “how much is my case worth?”  While there is no amount of money that could fully compensate an injured worker for the pain and heartache she experiences, the Georgia Workers’ Compensation Act provides a framework to consider.

First, it is important to consider the injured workers’ (more…)

What happens at a workers’ comp hearing?

As the injured worker is not entitled to a jury trial, she is entitled to an evidentiary hearing before an administrative law judge (ALJ).  The hearing is also known as a bench trial.  It is also known as the ” employee’s day in court”.

At the hearing, the judge will generally request information from the parties of the pending case.  During this time (more…)

When is the Right Time to Settle My Workers’ Comp Case?

In our Georgia workers’ compensation practice, injured workers often ask, “when is the right time to settle my workers’ compensation claim?”   As the workers’ compensation scheme pays for medical treatment, it is often recommended that you (more…)

How long do I have to…file my claim, notify my supervisor, etc.

If you are injured at work in Georgia there are several deadlines you should be aware of in order to preserve any potential workers’ compensation claim you may have.  First, you must give the employer notice of the injury within 30 days of the injury date.  (O.C.G.A. § 34-9-80).  You then have (more…)

Referrals From The Authorized Treating Physician

With any injury or illness, it is common for a primary treating physician to find it necessary to refer the patient to another doctor for specialized care.  Obviously, in a workers’ compensation setting, this is also possible.  The question then arises, how does the Workers’ Compensation Act provide for such referrals? (more…)