Cagle’s to Close Pine Mountain Facility

Poultry workers employed at Cagle’s may be faced with added problems as Cagle’s will eliminate 300 positions at its Pine Mountain Valley, Georgia facility.  It is uncertain if these workers include those who have been injured on the job.  Essentially, these jobs will be primarily the “second shift”.  If the Cagle’s worker’s job is eliminated while he or she is on light or modified duty restrictions, the employee may be entitled to workers’ compensation benefits.   The rate of payment will depend on the worker’s weekly wage. If you have been injured on the job and desire a free consultation as to your workers’ compensation benefits, please contact the Ramos Law Firm at...

What is a “workers’ compensation mediation?”

Generally, a mediation is a form of alternative dispute resolution.  The idea centers around the parties’ interest in finding a solution to the issue before the court, tribunal, or worker’s compensation board.  This process involves a neutral party to help facilitate the dialogue between the litigants. The mediation may involve the ultimate settlement of the workers’ compensation case or it may be limited to a particular issue such as medical treatment for a torn rotator cuff, surgery on a back claim, or even mileage reimbursement.   At the State Board of Workers’ Compensation, the mediation settlement conference is free of charge to the participants.  Generally, the parties will begin with an opening statement.  Subsequently, the parties will be separated into their respective “caucus.”  The mediator will then shuffle between the parties providing neutral insight to both parties as well as delivering messages.   The information exchanged at the mediation should remain confidential. At the Ramos Law Firm, we have successfully mediated hundreds of claims and reached favorable results for our...

Hearing loss due to job duties

In situations where an employee becomes deaf or suffers an occupational hearing loss, recovery under the workers’ compensation act can be tough.  The statute governing such claims are very technical.  For example, an employee may recover benefits for hearing loss by “harmful noise.”  The code defines harmful noise as “sound in employment capable of producing occupational loss of hearing.”  The definition of “occupational hearing loss” equates to “permanent sensorineural loss of hearing in both ears caused by prolonged exposure to harmful noise” in the employment setting.  Additionally, there are specific provisions regarding entitlement to income benefits, as well as the use of protective devices capable of preventing hearing loss. Hearing loss claims may arise from working at the airport, race tracks, assembly lines, or other areas where “harmful noise” may occur.  If you have suffered a hearing loss that may be attributable to your work duties, it would be best to consult with an attorney regarding your rights under the workers’ compensation law.  For a free consultation, please contact the Ramos Law Firm at...