Ramos Law Firm Attends Reception for Vice-President of Ecuador and Expands Latino Relations

In an effort to expand the Firm’s relations within the Ecuadorian community, Bryan Ramos attended a reception for Lenin Voltaire Moreno Garces, the Vice-President of Ecuador, sponsored by the Ecuadorian-American Chamber of Commerce on July 27, 2009 at the World Trade Center Atlanta.  In his address to the community, Vice-President Moreno spoke about the country’s resources, advancement in technology, and economic status. The Ramos Law Firm has handled many workers’ compensation claims involving injured workers from South America.  These workers, including those from Ecuador, are entitled to certain benefits when they are injured on the job.  These benefits include medical, rehabilitation, and income benefits in certain circumstances.  The Ramos Law Firm is equipped to handle workers’ comp claims from the Spanish-Speaking community.  Our lawyers have represented Latino workers since the inception of the Firm.  The Ramos lawyers have represented injured workers who have suffered injuries to their backs, necks, legs, heads, arms, and hands.  These lawyers also are well versed with the special obstacles of Spanish-speaking workers. For more information, please visit our website and/or contact the Ramos Law Firm. [nggallery...

Raising the Minimum Wage and its impact on Georgia Worker’s Compensation Claims

Today, many Georgia workers received a raise in pay.  The Georgia minimum wage was raised from $6.55 to 7.25 per hour. While there is a debate about whether this could prolong the recession, there will also be an impact on workers’ compensation claims. The first and most obvious will be the affect on the average weekly wage.  To determine the workers’ compensation rate, the State Board will review the preceding 13 weeks of income the injured employee earned from the date of accident.  Then two-thirds of the sum of the 13 weeks will be the claimant’s average weekly wage.  The claimant is entitled to a comp rate up to a certain amount (set by the Georgia legislature), which is dependent upon the date of accident.  For example, if a claimant’s injury was July 3, 2009 and her average weekly wage was $800, the comp rate would only be $500 despite the fact that 2/3 of $800 equals $533.36.  The excess $33.36 would not be included.  If the same accident occurred on July 3, 2006, the maximum comp rate would only be $450. It is always better to strive for the maximum workers’ compensation rate despite the statutory waiver of the excess.  For example, if the claimant had a low average weekly wage of $500, then the comp rate would be $333.35.  This is also true in cases where the employee may return to work but for less hours because of the work injury.  In these situations, the claimant may be entitled to temporary partial disability.  The principal behind this form of recovery rests with the difference between the average...

What can I expect from the medical treatment workers’ comp provides me?

When an employee is injured on the job, he or she is either rushed to the hospital in severe cases or instructed to treat with “Concentra” or “Urgent Care.”  These places are industrial clinics that focus in minor occupational accidents.  If the injury requires more specialized care, the employee is often referred to an “orthopedic” doctor.  The term, ‘orthopaedic’, literally translates to “straightening a child” as if he or she had a broken bone. Some orthopedists will exclusively focus their practice on particular body parts such as shoulders, knees, hands, elbows, or the spine.  These doctors also are referred to as practicing “sport medicine.”  These physicians may also perform the surgical repairs and may be instrumental in developing and monitoring the coordination of physical therapy and other modalities of recovery. In the greater-Atlanta area, groups such as the Peachtree Orthopaedic Clinic, Resurgens Orthopaedics, and Dominion Orthopaedics are common players in the workers’ compensation realm.  These groups are often on the Employer’s “panel of physicians.”  It is important to remember that an injured worker has the right to choose his or her doctor from this panel or list of doctors.  Understand that your health is at issue and you should take an active role in the medical care.  It is also very important to know the doctor’s reputation as being a “patient advocate” or someone directed by the insurance company.  It is also prudent to inquire with the State Medical Examiners Board to determine if any of these doctors are in good standing or if they have ever been disciplined by the State. The ultimate goal of all treatment is...

Meeting with your workers’ compensation attorney

When there is a meeting between an injured worker and his or her workers’ compensation attorney, it is important to be prepared for the meeting.  If it is the first meeting, the injured employee should insist on meeting with an attorney.  This is not to discount the importance of paralegals and assistants.  They are a part of the legal team and play a significant role.  However, these staff members are generally not trained to field all the questions and concerns an injured employee may have.  Furthermore, as a client, the injured worker deserves a face-to-face meeting with the attorney. Presuming that the employee is meeting an attorney, it is important that the worker bring all the documents he or she received from the insurance company and Employer regarding the work injury.  This includes letters, medical records, and notices.  Furthermore, the employee should bring paycheck stubs and other “employment related” information such as disciplinary “write-ups”, “worklink reports”, or employment files.  The attorneys at the Ramos Law Firm recommend that the employees do not “self-edit” or “prejudge” the documents.  Bring everything.  It is the attorney’s job to determine what is important to the case and what is not. In anticipation of the meeting, it may be a good exercise to draft a chronology or summary of events from the date of hiring to the present day.  The reason for this exercise is to make sure nothing is left out during the meeting.  Often times, employees become emotional when telling their attorneys about the work accident.  As the emotion level rises, details are forgotten.  Even if there is no emotional interference, people...

Technology Helps Law Firms Lower Cost

In today’s world everyone is looking for ways to save money. This holds true for both the Ramos Law Firm and the injured workers we help. One way we are helping our clients save money is through the use of technology. The Ramos Law Firm was founded in April of 2005. Later that year we began examining ways to become more efficient. By January of 2006 we had purchased and implemented several pieces of equipment and computer software to help us achieve that goal. These items include a software program designed to facilitate the management of our clients’ cases. This case management software, in combination with other programs, allows us to have access to all file material whether we are at our desk or across the state. One tool used to accomplish this “paperless” “less paper” office is the scanner. The scanner allows us to cut down on the number of copies we make, reduces the paper cost and the amount of postage used.  Since these are charges that law firms routinely charge their clients for, we have lowered clients’ costs by implementing these changes. If you have been injured at work in Georgia, call an attorney with the Ramos Law Firm for...