Update on the Georgia State Board of Workers’ Compensation

There will soon be a few changes to the Georgia State Board of Workers’ Compensation.  Carolyn Hall, the current chairperson of the State Board of Workers’ Compensation, will be stepping down.  It is widely suspected that Rick Thompson will be the new chairperson of the Board.  The third member of the Board has not yet been named by Governor Sonny Perdue. The new appointments to the Board will likely change the attitude towards the injured workers in Georgia. Additionally, Judge G. Alan Blackburn has ammounted that he will not seek re-election to the Court of Appeals.  He will be leaving the bench no later than December 31, 2010, when his term expires.  It has not been announced whether Governor Perdue will have the opportunity to appoint a replacement judge or allow the Georgia voters to decide in an election. For more information, please contact Bryan...

How often can I see the workers’ compensation doctor?

When an injury on the job occurs, the Employer and their insurance carrier are responsible for furnishing medical treatment to the hurt employee.  However, the Employer and insurance carrier will generally have a pre-approved list of doctors for the injured work to choose from.  Once the injured worker makes his or her selection, the number of visits is unlimited as long as the occupational injury exists.  Obviously, the treating doctor will set the care plan.  However, as long as the work injury necessitates treatment, the injured employee is entitled to receive the medical care. In a workers’ compensation claim the insurance company will be monitoring the worker’s care plan and progress.  It is in their best interest to “cut you off” of treatment as soon as possible.  Unfortunately, the insurance companies have hand picked their initial line of physicians for you.  Even more unfortunately, sometimes their loyalties may not run to the patient. In most cases, an injured worker needs the protection of a lawyer who will put the patient’s best interest in front of his own.  It would be best to be represented by a lawyer who exclusively handles and tries workers’ compensation cases.  At the Ramos Law Firm, our attorneys only handle these workers’ compensation matters.  If you have been injured on the job, call our attorneys for a free consultation at 404-355-3431 or click here to contact us...

What does “normal”, “full”, or “regular” duty really mean in my GA Workers’ Compensation claim?

In the world of workers’ compensation, the terms “normal duty”, “full duy”,  or “regular duty” work release has a significant effect on a work comp claim.  Essentially, the normal duty release allows the employer to unilaterally suspend income benefits.  In some cases, this regular duty release may give the employer the argument that no future treatment is warranted.  In other words, the employer will argue that the work-related injury has resolved or that the hurt employee is “cured.”  The Employer/Insurer will take the position that the hurt worker is back to “normal” as if the injury never occurred. When a person is hurt at work and surgery or another invasive procedure is performed, a “cure” may be unlikely.  Interestingly, an injured employee may be issued “permanent work restrictions” but also be released to “full duty”, “normal duty” , or “regular duty” work.  This is a total ideological contradiction.  How can an injured worker have permanent medical restrictions and also be back to normal? These inconsistencies will often confuse the injured worker.  Don’t be taken advantage of. The lawyers at the Ramos Law Firm can help you protect your rights.  Our lawyers are dedicated to Georgia Workers’ Compensation.  Call us now at 404-355-3431 for a free...

Understanding Your Georgia Workers’ Compensation Claim

When an employee files a workers’ compensation claim in Georgia, the process may become confusing, frustrating, and costly.  Generally, the injured worker wants immediate medical care and income benefits because he or she got hurt on the job.  The insurance company, on the other hand, wants to delay and investigate the matter to save as much money as possible.  These opposing forces often cause a lot of heartache and anger. After the workers’ compensation claim is filed, everyone begins speaking a different language.  The insurance company and their lawyers use acronyms such as TTD, PPD, or MMI.   The doctors will often throw terms around like MRI, CT, PT, or FCE.  The judge may even mandate you to treat with something called an “orthopod”. Being on “workers’ compensation” is not easy and the injured employee did not ask to be hurt. An injured worker should not go at it alone.  The insurance companies have complex programs and systems designed to maximize the law to their benefit.  Also, many insurance companies hire skilled lawyers who devote their entire lives to protecting these corporations.  It is the classic “David v. Goliath” situation. Who is protecting the injured worker?  At the Ramos Law Firm, our attorneys can level the playing field for you.  Our lawyers use their knowledge of the insurance defense practice to help workers hurt on the job. We have extensive trial experience, and we are ready to put it to work for you.  For a free consultation, please contact...