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Tolling the Statute of Limitations by Paying Benefits

Recently, the Ramos Law Firm was asked whether the payment of salary paid due to an occupational injury qualified as income benefits for the purposes of tolling the statute of limitations.  Particularly, an Atlanta employer paid (more…)

The State Board of Workers’ Compensation requires notice of temporary partial disability conversion

Effective January 1, 2014, Board Rule 104 requires that Form WC-104 be filed with the Board at the same time (more…)

What is my workers’ compensation claim worth?

The answer to this question depends on a number of factors uniquely tied to each case. Generally, the claim’s “value” rests on the injured workers’ average weekly wage, the length of time the claimant has been out of work, and (more…)

A typical workers compensation claim when an employee suffers back strain or herniation

A common workers’ compensation scenario involving a back injury goes like this:

The injured worker will feel pain in his back or spine, be directed to a Concentra, Urgent Care, or Choice Care in Atlanta or DeKalb County, and the “doctor” may dismiss the worker with a “back strain or sprain.”  Hopefully (more…)

What is Compensation for Permanent Partial Disability (PPD)?

The 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, the PPD rating is a medical assessment as to whether the work injury permanently affected the injured worker’s range of motion or overall body functioning.  Generally, the PPD rating is issued by the authorized treating physician after the injured employee reaches “maximum medical improvement” where the employee is “about as good as he or she is going to get.”  The physician will make the determination of the PPD rating by using the American Medical Associations’ Guide to Impairment.  This rating will be issued in percentage compared to overall functioning.

Georgia’s Workers’ Compensation Act provides compensation in relation to the physician’s impairment assessment.  This table is found in O.C.G.A. §34-9-263.  In certain circumstances, doctors may disagree as to the ratings and they can differ.  Also, you may have the option of seeking a second opinion.  If you have any questions about the PPD rating, please contact me at 404-355-3431.

Workers Compensation Weekly Disability Benefits and Direct Deposit

Generally, if an employee sustains an on-the-job injury resulting in total disability, he or she is entitled to temporary total disability benefits (TTD) under O.C.G.A. § 34-9-261. The calculation of these benefits are determined (more…)