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January, 2012:

Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) Teleconference Initiative

In an effort to “expedite” the resolution of certain issues, the State Board of Workers’ Compensation has recently implemented a “conference call” vehicle to assist injured workers and insurers.

Essentially, attorneys may call the Board and request a conference call with the presiding administrative law judge (ALJ) assigned to the claim.  If there is no ALJ assigned to the case, the State Board of Workers’ Compensation will assign a case accordingly.  These ALJ’s are empowered to (more…)

Workers in the automotive industry at risk for more than just blunt trauma injuries

As of January 3, 2012, Kia Motors Manufacturing in Georgia indicated that it finished its $100 million expansion to boost annual production.  Automotive jobs are labor intensive and often dangerous.  While the obvious, blunt traumatic injury occurring on the job should be covered under workers’ compensation, repetitive motion injuries are also covered under the workers’ compensation system.  For example (more…)

Sears Closes Stores

Sears announced that it will close six Georgia stores as follows: Sears in Macon; Kmart in Atlanta, Buford, Columbus, Douglasville and Jonesboro. Florida will be hit the hardest by the closing of Sears and Kmart stores, losing 11, according to a preliminary list of 79 planned closures released Thursday (more…)