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Why are hospitals one of the most hazardous places to work?

Why are hospitals one of the most hazardous places to work?

When you think of hazardous workplaces, hospitals might not come to mind. Healthcare workers, after all, aren’t usually exposed to heights like those in the construction industry, or heavy equipment like agricultural workers. Still, in 2017, there were more reported...

Teen Summer Job Safety

Teen Summer Job Safety

School is out, which means teens everywhere are earning their gas money with summer jobs. And while a summer job can be a great way to gain experience, save for school or help lighten family financial pressure, unfortunately, it also sometimes leads to on-the-job...

How Safety Stand Downs Could Help Improve Worker Safety

How Safety Stand Downs Could Help Improve Worker Safety

Earlier this spring, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) teamed up with the Associated General Contractors of Georgia Inc., to host “safety stand downs” across the region. These voluntary 1-hour pauses gave industry...

Summer Workplace Injuries to Watch Out For

Summer Workplace Injuries to Watch Out For

It’s no surprise that with longer daylight hours, more time outside, and more construction projects, summertime means a spike in workplace accidents. In fact, over nine years of study, the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries found that...

Top Workplace Injuries

Top Workplace Injuries

Workers today are less likely to be injured on the job than they were a generation or two ago. Thanks in part to more stringent safety regulations and enforcement, 2.8 workplace injuries per 100 workers occurred in 2017—down from 10.9 per 100 in 1972, according to...

What to Look for in a Safe Employer

What to Look for in a Safe Employer

When you’re looking for a new job, it’s easy to let safety considerations slide down your list of “musts.” After all, with compensation, commuting distance, and the opportunity for growth at play, safety can seem almost like an afterthought—something you assume any...

Georgia Workers’ Compensation Claims and Surveillance

It is not uncommon for someone receiving workers' compensations benefits to be put under surveillance. It is important to know that if your doctor places you on certain physical restrictions those restrictions apply to not only your work, but what you do outside of...

How to Handle Delays in Authorizing Medical Treatment

How many times have you gone to the doctor and he/she has recommended treatment only to find that treatment is delayed by the insurance company?  It could be anything from physical therapy to surgery but now you have to wait for the doctor to get authorization or...

What is Utilization Review and How Does it Affect My Claim?

If you have suffered a work related injury, you may have received a letter from the insurance company that a medical procedure and/or treatment recommended by your workers'  compensation doctor has been been sent to their "UR" Department for review.  You may be asking...

Is Workers’ Compensation My Only Remedy?

You were injured at work and it was not your fault.  You may be wondering if payment of workers' comp benefits is the only benefit that you are entitled to. Although most often, your only claim for a work related injury is a workers' comp claim against your...

Workers’ Compensation and The Dangers of Social Media

Have you ever had the feeling that someone is watching you?  You may sense that someone is following you as you are out running errands or working in the yard but that is not the only place that they can be "watching". In today's age of computers and smart phones,...

Georgia Increase in Weekly Workers’ Compensation Benefits

Recent Legislative Changes to Workers' Compensation in Georgia. For injuries occurring on or after July 1, 2016, both the maximum temporary total and the maximum temporary partial disability benefit rates have been increased. The maximum TTD benefit rate is now...

Impacts of Smoking on Healing Following Surgery

Approximately 20% of the population smokes.  Even though everyone knows smoking is bad for their health, quitting is HARD.  But did you know that smoking can actually affect the healing process?  It's true.  Smoking can slow the healing process, increase the risk of...

Welcome Jill Espinoza

We would like to introduce you to the newest member of our team, Jill Espinoza. Jill moved to Georgia just over a year ago from Florida where she worked for 18 years as a legal assistant in workers' compensation. Jill is fluent in English and Spanish and will be...

SuperLawyers 2016

We are proud to announce that Laura Lanzisera has been selected to the 2016 Georgia SuperLawyers list. This is an exclusive list, recognizing no more than five percent (5%) of attorneys in Georgia. Congratulations to Laura and her commitment to helping Georgia injured...

Giant Corporations Weakening the Workers’ Compensation System

Following a recent investigation by ProPublica and National Public Radio, it has been reported that one of the largest meat processors in the world, Tyson Foods, has taken great lengths to reduce their obligations to the injured worker.  Since workers' compensation is...

33 States Cut Workers’ Compensation Benefits

Democrats on key House and Senate committees are urging the Labor Department to look into and respond to changes in workers' compensation laws that have shown a pattern of reducing the protections and benefits of injured workers over the last ten years. According to...

Am I entitled to a Jury Trial?

In a workers' compensation claim, an injured worker is not entitled to a jury trial but rather an evidentiary hearing before an administrative law judge or ALJ.  This is commonly known as a "bench trial" or "employee's day in court". In most cases, the judge will ask...

Who is Entitled to Benefits Under Georgia Workers’ Compensation?

In Georgia, an employee who is hurt while at work is entitled to workers' compensation benefits, however, independent contractors and other types of workers are not entitled to benefits under Georgia law.  Determining if you are an "employee" can be very complicated...

2015 Changes to Georgia Workers’ Compensation

Under House Bill 412 signed into law by Governor Deal – there are certain significant changes to our workers’ compensation system effective July 1, 2015 which include the following: 1) The maximum weekly benefit amounts have been increased. The maximum temporary total...

What if my employer does not have workers’ compensation insurance?

With some exceptions, employers with at least 3 employees are required to carry workers' compensation insurance.  The question arises  - what do I do if my employer does not have workers' compensation insurance?  First, if the employer does not fall within the few...

How Much is My Injury Worth?

In a recent article titled “How Much Is Your Arm Worth? Depends On Where You Work” published ProPublica studies showed that what state you work in can dramatically affect how much you are paid for the loss of use of an affected body part. See:...

ARAWC Works to Gut Workers’ Compensation Benefits

The ARAWC (Association for Responsible Alternatives to Workers’ Compensation), a lobbying group financed by almost two dozen major corporations including Walmart, Lowes, Macys and Kohls are working to make it harder for injured workers to obtain lost wages and medical...

Many Experience Fallout of Workers’ Comp “Reforms”

In a recent article published by the NPR News Investigations titled “Injured Workers Suffer As ‘Reforms’ Limit Workers’ Compensation Benefits” the NPR details changes to workers' compensation benefits in many states and details the issues faced by some workers in...

What does it mean if my doctor says I am malingering?

Malingering, in the context of workers’ compensation, means someone who exaggerates or makes up  symptoms of physical and/or mental disorders in order to avoid working, to obtain drugs/medications, continue receiving weekly benefits or increase the value of their...

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