Rise in injuries expected as kids head back to school

It may sound a bit unbelievable but we expect to see an increase in injuries as the summer comes to a close and kids go back to school. This results from the increased traffic on the roads (as evidenced every morning in Atlanta) as well as the teachers, bus drivers, cafeteria workers, custodians and so many more faculty members reporting back to work. Not everyone would consider being in the school a high risk job but consider the cafeteria workers who deal with food in bulk meaning heavy lifting and repetitive motion. These workers often experience injuries such as carpal tunnel, back injuries and shoulder injuries. Special education teachers are also among the high risk category as their job often involves a physical aspect in lifting and restraining children, pushing wheelchairs and more. There also workers who commute or travel that will be impacted by the higher traffic volume on the roads. The increased traffic means more employees may be involved in automobile accidents which may be related to their job. This would include the thousands of bus drivers employed in the state. If you have been injured on the job, give our law firm a call today to schedule your free...

Job Fair August 23, 2011 – Crossroads Career Network

Crossroads Career Network in partnership with Georgia Dept. Of Labor – Gwinnett Career Center will be having their 7th Annual Job Fair on Tuesday, August 23, 2011 at the Snellville United Methodist Church from 10:00am – 2:00pm.  For additional information please contact the following persons at the Ga. DOL – Gwinnett Career Center @ 770-840-2200: Carolyn Coburn-Allen (Ext. 132), Tomika Singh (Ext. 134), or Michael Kotler (Ext. 161). Employers Scheduled to Attend ALLIED BARTON SECURITY SERVICE ALORICARES ARK TEMPORARY STAFFING, INC. ATL. ELECTRICAL CONTRACTORS BB&T BANK CHICO’S CALL CENTER-WINDER CLIFTON & ASSOC. – AFLAC BRKR. CREDABILITY CROSSROADS CAREER NETWORK DEKALB COUNTY POLICE DEPT. DEPT. OF VETERAN AFFAIRS GA DEPARTMENT OF LABOR GOODWILL OF NORTH GEORGIA GWINNETT PUBLIC SCHOOL-NUTRITION GWINNETT COUNTY GOVERNMENT GWINNETT COUNTY POLICE DEPT. HEALTHPORT HIRE DYNAMICS LOWES HOME CENTERS MARY KAY SALES CONSULTANT PERIMETER STAFFING PLACEMENTS PRIMERICA STONE MOUNTAIN PARK U.S. NAVY RESERVE U.S. SECRET SERVICE UNITED STATIONERS, INC. VOLT WORKFORCE SOLUTIONS WELLS...

Injured at AirServ?

In Atlanta, many of our employees work the Hartsfield – Jackson International Airport.  Recently, we represented a client who worked for The AirServ Corporation.  AirServ provides cargo, cleaning, security, and ramp handling for the aviation industry. In our case, an employee was responsible for cleaning the airplane cabins.  As she was being transported to the airplane, the truck was involved in an accident.  As a result, she and two other employees were injured.  The injuries involved pains in her back, neck and head.  She also missed time from work. Generally,  the Employer/Insurer may control medical treatment if it properly posts a valid panel of physicians, and it trains its employees as to the use and function of the panel. If it did not do both of these steps, the injured employee may select her own doctor.   Medical treatment is very important to a workers’ compensation case as it provides the best chance for the injured worker to heal from the occupational injury.  Moreover, quality medical treatment provides the best chance for the hurt worker to return to work and regain his or her quality of life.  Sometimes, it appears that the Employee’s “panel” doctors are biased and favor the employer.  Having the power to select your physician is very important. If you have been hurt at work and believe you have the right to select your physician, please contact the Ramos Law...

Death benefits and Foreign (Alien) Dependents

In the unfortunate and tragic death caused by a work accident, the deceased employee’s spouse or children may be entitled to workers’ compensation benefits.  O.C.G.A. § 34-9-13.  There was an issue as to whether alien or foreign dependents were limited or excluded from these death benefits.  The Workers’ Compensation Act (prior to 1995) made an unlawful distinction between dependents who are US Citizens and foreign dependents.  Essentially, the law limited the non-resident death benefits to $1,000.    This section of the workers’ compensation code was challenged and the Supreme Court of Georgia struck down provision.  See, Barge-Wagener Construction v. Morales, 263 Ga. 190 (1993), cert denied, 510 U.S. 1003 (1993). Since then, the workers’ compensation law was amended to delete the distinction between non-resident and resident dependents.  Therefore, issues of citizenship and residency are not relevant or applicable to determining the entitlement of workers’ compensation dependency benefits.  O.C.G.A. § 34-9-265 If you have any questions about death or dependency benefits, please contact the Ramos Law Firm at...

Money benefits in workers’ compensation claims

When an injured worker is not able to return back to work because of his or her work injury, the hurt employee may be deemed “totally disabled.”  Should this occur, the employee hurt at work may be entitled to money benefits under O.C.G.A. § 34-9-261.  The amount of money the employee would be entitled to depends upon his or her average weekly wage.  The law provides that the employee may receive two-thirds of the average weekly wage.  However, the workers’ compensation law provides that the maximum amount the employee may receive on a weekly basis is $500 presuming the injury occurred on or after July 1, 2007.  This is regardless of how much the hurt employee was making.  O.C.G.A. § 34-9-260. If two-thirds of the average weekly wage amounts to less than $500, the Employer/Insurer must reveal to the State Board of Workers’ Compensation its calculations through a board form WC-6.  Here the Employer/Insurer is obligated to list the employee’s wages for 13 weeks prior to the accident.  Often times, employees hurt on the job simply accept the Employer/Insurer’s calculations.  However, we believe that the injured employee should verify their numbers to determine if the weekly amount of money provided is accurate. If you have any questions about your average weekly wage or other money benefits you think you may be entitled to, please contact the Ramos Law Firm at...