Airline Employee Injured on the Job

Airline workers such as Delta employees, Airtran workers, and baggage handlers for both airlines are generally covered under workers’ compensation. If you have been injured on the job, you are entitled to immediate medical treatment. It is important to report the injury to your supervisor and accurately explain how the injury happened as a part of your job. There is a chance that your employer may require a drug screen. While the Employer has pre-selected a list of doctors you may treat with, you have the power to select your physician. If you are missing time from work, you may also be entitled to weekly income benefits as outlined in the workers’ compensation law. Our firm has experience in handling claims where employees injured themselves inside the terminal, on the tarmac, and even during flight. These injuries involved eye claims, back herniations, carpal tunnel surgery, hearing damage, and knee replacements. Our firm is equipped to handle clients who have worked as airplane mechanics, pilots, ground crews, hangar workers, shuttle bus drivers, ticketing clerks, and food service employees such as Atlanta Bread Company workers. Don’t be left guessing whether or not you are entitled to workers’ compensation benefits, call our firm today for a free consultation at (404)...

Workers’ Comp (Compensation) Prescriptions

According to a study published by the NCCI, the volume of prescription drugs dispensed by workers’ comp physicians to injured workers has risen sharply in recent years. It appears that Georgia workers’ comp physicians are amongst the highest dispensing in the country. Interestingly, Oxycontin has become the top prescribed drug within the workers’ compensation community. The removal of the extended release generic version of Oxycontin after a successful patent defense was cited as a major factor. In Georgia, prescription drugs ordered by the treating physician for an accepted workers’ compensation accident should be provided to injured workers free of charge. There should be no claimant co-pays or the satisfaction of any premiums in these cases. The injured worker may fill the authorized treating physician’s prescriptions at any licensed pharmacy. Many times the workers’ comp carriers will issue pre-approved “prescription cards” that streamline the process for the pharmacies. At the Ramos Law Firm, some of our clients have opted to use a service that allows for the prescription medication to be delivered to the claimant’s home after the doctor’s order has been verified. This service enables the injured worker to concentrate on “getting better” and avoids the trouble of traffic, wait-times, and further insurance delays. If you have any questions about a Georgia workers’ compensation injury and would like a free consultation about your claim, please call the Ramos Law Firm at (404)...

Have you been injured while working as a Nurse in Georgia?

A recent Bureau of Labor Statistics study showed that registered nurses, nursing aides, orderlies, and attendants  experienced more musculoskeletal disorders and back injuries than any other profession.  This study supported that 12 percent of nurses in a hospital setting suffer these injuries.  Moreover, 17.3 percent of nurses in a nursing home setting experience these work-related injuries.  This should not be surprising as nurses are often responsible for the physical care of the patients. If the injury occurred while the nurse was in the course of his or her employment, he or she is entitled to medical care and weekly compensation if work time is missed. It is important to report the injury immediately and begin documenting the “chart” of the claim as soon as possible.  Many times, these large healthcare employers and their insurance companies will deny responsibility for the work injury.   It is best not to go at them alone.  Call the Ramos Law Firm at 404-355-3431. At the Ramos Law Firm, we have represented many nurses and have secured favorable results.  If you have been injured while taking care of a patient or while doing your job, call us for a free consultation. Nurses are on the “frontline” of care.   However, when you get hurt, who takes care of you? Whether you are working for Atlanta Medical Center, Piedmont Hospital, Maxim Healthcare Services, or UHS Pruitt, nursing employees are entitled to workers’ compensation benefits. Call the Ramos Law Firm today for your free consultation at 404-355-3431 or email us...

Injured While Working on a Constrution Site in Georgia?

Many work place accidents occur at the construction sites in Atlanta as well as any other Georgia city or town .  It is important to understand that these injuries are not “just part of the job”.   These injuries must be reported appropriately and these workers should receive quality medical treatment.  Many construction employees feel irritated, frustrated, or overwhelmed by the workers’ compensation process.  Employers may even “fire” or terminate these injured workers because of the injury. Whether you are working for Turner Construction, Blount Construction Company, or Balfour Beaty, construction workers have rights under the workers’ compensation laws in Georgia.  The injured employee has the right to seek medical treatment and compensation for any time missed because of the work injury.  However, these companies may contest your right to these basic benefits.  In fact, these companies have lawyers on retainer dedicated to denying your claim.   Don’t attempt to take them on yourself, call the Ramos Law Firm. At the Ramos Law Firm, we have the experience to handle your workers’ compensation claims against these large companies.  Our lawyers were trained by the insurance law firms and understand their motives.  We use this unique expertise to further your claim and secure the recovery you deserve. Schedule your free consultation today, 404-355-3431 or email...

Workers Injured During Georgia’s Ice Storm

During the first winter snow storm of 2011, the City of Atlanta and the surrounding counties were paralyzed by the resulting ice.  While there were generally warnings to stay off the roads, many workers were required to return to work.  According to the local news, many workers suffered “slip and fall” injuries due to the slick or ice-covered walkways.  Other workers’ were involved in car or motor vehicle accidents as they were delivering goods or arriving to or leaving from work.  It was reported that common injuries included broken wrists, fractured elbows, knee and ankle pain, rotator cuff shoulder tears, and broken legs or arms.  In more severe cases, some workers had head trauma and injuries to their spines. If an employee suffers one of these accidents, he or she may be entitled to workers’ compensation benefits regardless of who was at fault.  In a workers’ compensation claim, the primary question is whether the accident or injury arose out of and in the course of the worker’s employment.  In other words, was the accident or injury in the scope of your job?  If so, the employer is generally eligible for workers’ compensation benefits. As illustrated earlier, if a restaurant hostess, cook, or waitress (who was on the clock) slipped on an icy patch near or at the restaurant, the accident would likely be covered under workers’ compensation.  It does not matter if the worker was “at fault” or if he or she was not wearing the proper shoes at the time.  There are exceptions to this general rule.  For example, if the employee was intoxicated or engaged in “horseplay”,...