In many workers’ compensation cases, the injured worker, the employer, or insurance carrier may desire an “independent medical examination” or “second opinion.” This generally occurs when the one of the parties is dissatisfied with the current physician’s diagnosis, prognosis, or care plan. The Georgia Workers’ Compensation Act does provide (more…)
In general, people tend to get nervous when they have to be in a lawyer’s office. When they are in a deposition, it can seem a lot worse as everything you say will be recorded by the court reporter. However, it is a common practice when you file a workers’ compensation claim or law suit. The key is being familiar with what is going on and being prepared for what the opposing attorney will ask you. It is like (more…)
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…)
Georgia law defines PPD as a disability partial in character but permanent in quality resulting in a loss or loss of use of body members or from the partial loss of use of the injured employee’s body. In other words, (more…)
When an injured worker is not able to return back to work because of his or her work injury, the hurt employee may be deemed “totally disabled.” Should this occur, the employee hurt at work may be entitled to money benefits under (more…)