What does “full duty” or “normal duty” mean?

This is a magical term of art, science, and law. In the Georgia workers’ compensation realm, this medical certification functionally translates to the injured worker having no physical limitations related to any work injury. Generally taken, your Employer will assert that you are able to work with your normal job as if the injury never occurred. From a legal standpoint, this term allows for the Employer and the insurance company to “cut-off workers’ compensation benefits” provided it follows proper procedure. As I mentioned before, the term “full/normal duty” is magical for insurance companies. However, it may be devastating to the injured worker when he or she sincerely believes otherwise. If the employee continues to experience pain resulting from the work injury; requires pain medication to function; or is physically limited in what he or she can do on the job, the certification of “full duty” may be inappropriate. Perhaps a light duty release would be more accurate. A light duty release should outline what medical or physical restrictions the injured employee currently has as it relates to the work injury. Essentially, these “full duty versus light duty” determinations are done by the treating physician. Unfortunately, many of these doctors have been pre-selected by the insurance company. Therefore, it is crucial that the injured worker be completely honest and candid with the treating doctor about how the hurt employee feels. This is no time to be stoic as this may have lasting legal ramifications. If you have any questions about your light duty or full duty releases, please contact the Ramos Law Firm at 404-355-3431 or email us for your...

Attacked by a customer, client or patient

Workplace violence appears to be occurring more and more each day. According to OSHA, workplace homicides are the fourth-leading cause of fatal occupational injury in the United States. The Bureau of Labor Statistics Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries (CFOI) determined that there were 521 workplace homicides in the preliminary count of 2009 in the United States. If a worker is attacked by a customer, the resulting injuries should be covered under workers’ compensation. The State Board of Workers’ Compensation will ask whether the injuries arose out of and in the course of the worker’s employment. For example, if a nurse was attacked by a patient who had a bad reaction to his medication, his or her injuries are likely to be covered. This injured nurse would be entitled to medical and income benefits. If the attack results in the death of the employee, then the dependents of the employee would be the beneficiaries of the workers’ compensation benefits. If you have been attacked or injured on the job, please call the Ramos Law Firm at 404-355-3431 for a free...

Valentine’s Day brings joy to most but can mean injury for others

Thousands of people will be rushing to their favorite romantic restaurant this week for Valentine’s Day. In preparing for these meals, restaurant workers will be working very hard and have a greater likelihood of being injured. The Ramos Law Firm represents restaurant workers hurt on the job. Many of these employees are kitchen workers who experience burns to their hands, arms and face. Others have hurt themselves carrying food supplies in and out of the stock room. Also, some workers slip in the kitchen while many servers may fall during the delivery of the food. Common restaurant injuries are knee twists and sprains; back strains and herniations; and burns. When such a work accident happens, it is important to report the injury to the supervisor in charge. Presuming the injury occurred on the job, the injured employee has the right to seek medical treatment. If the injury is severe enough that the employee misses time from work, the injured worker may be eligible for income benefits. If you have been injured while working in the restaurant industry and you want a free consultation about your rights under workers’ compensation law in Georgia, please contact the Ramos Law Firm at 404-355-3431 or email...

Hurt While Working at Coca-Cola or in the Beverage Industry?

Coca-Cola (commonly known as “Coke”) is one of the world’s largest beverage companies. It is headquartered in Atlanta, GA and has several hundred employees. As such, Coke employees are generally covered under the Workers’ Compensation Act. Over the years, our firm has had the privilege of representing Coke employees and helping them secure their weekly income and medical benefits. In our experience, workers at Coke suffer injuries similar to that of other factory employees. These workers suffer shoulder injuries from repetitive jobs such as mixing formula; knee injuries from loading product; or back pain from general warehouse jobs. According to the Bureau of Labor and Statistics, over 9% of every 100 soft drink manufacturing employees reported a work accident in 2009. These injured workers require medical treatment and in some instances miss time for work because of the work accident. Sometimes, the employees will miss several weeks or months of work time. Unfortunately, these injured workers may also lose their jobs because of the work accident. In these situations, it is important to be informed about any rights you may have under the Workers’ Compensation Act. As you can imagine, Coke employs a “workers’ compensation” group specifically dedicated to protecting Coke’s interest. While Coke is a great company, you should be aware that its workers’ compensation group is not necessarily looking out for your best interests. It is important that you have your own workers’ compensation advocate looking out for you and your family. Call the Ramos Law Firm today for a free consultation,...