The Georgia Workers Compensation Blog is moderated by Attorney Jodi Ginsberg, who has represented injured workers for over 18 years in cases before the Georgia State Board of Workers’ Compensation. This blog is published to answer questions of general interest, to review interesting cases and to discuss how Ginsberg approaches her Georgia workers’ compensation practice.
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An area of concern for many workers’ compensation claimants has to do with returning to work under a fully or light duty release. I always remind my clients about the importance of having a WC-240 form in hand before attempting to return to work. The WC-240 is an official State Board form...
Perhaps no other element of a workers compensation case gives rise to as many questions as the subject of when and how to settle your case. In my opinion the timing of settlement negotiations can greatly influence the outcome of your case. Settle too soon and you may end up paying out of pocket...
Would you be surprised if I told you that those photos you uploaded to Facebook, or that video of your child’s basketball game now playing on YouTube, or even your restaurant “check-in” on Yelp could cost you thousands of dollars and seriously undermine your workers’...
Have you ever wondered how an insurance adjuster can influence your authorized workers’ compensation doctor? If you work in an industry where employees often get hurt, or where work injuries are likely to be serious, you can be certain that your employer’s insurance company has...
A significant number of work injuries in Georgia involve back injuries. Unfortunately if you are being treated by a “posted panel” doctor, your treatment may be delayed or not taken seriously. In this video, I discuss certain “red flag” issues that demand immediate...
Often the problem that drives clients to call me relates to lost wage checks. Specifically, you may have been hurt a week or two ago, you are getting letters and State Board forms in the mail, but no lost wage check. What exactly are the rules regarding when you are supposed to get that first...
I understand how important it is that you receive your weekly temporary total disability benefits on time. If you are like many of my clients, when you lose your regular paycheck and you are depending on workers’ compensation, you may be living week to week and you may face significant...
Under Georgia's workers' compensation law, your employer gets to direct where you get medical care if your employer provides you with a valid "posted panel of physicians." Not surprisingly, posted panel doctors sometimes bring a pro-employer bias to their treatment of you. I...
Many of my clients are surprised to learn that their husband, wife or significant other can ask for payment for "attendant care" of an injured worker at home. Why? Often my seriously injured clients cannot take care of basic necessities such as: More on Can my Spouse Get Paid by the...
If you have never been involved in the Georgia workers’ compensation system before, you may be shocked and disappointed to learn that some of the physicians you meet seem to have an agenda other than your health and best interest. The Georgia workers’ compensation statute has created an environment...