How do Georgia Workers' Compensation Cases Settle?
- Settlement is a voluntary process. Both sides must be interested in resolving the claim. You cannot go to court to ask an Administrative Law Judge to settle your case.
ReWalk is an exciting new technology that is now available for people who have suffered a spinal cord injury. The ReWalk, a standing exoskeleton, is providing amazing benefits for individuals with paralysis below the waist. This device make it possible to stand, walk, and even climb steps. Developed by Argo Medical Technologies Ltd., an Israeli company, the ReWalk is improving the mobility of paraplegic patients, helping to ensure them a better quality of life.Continue Reading
If you are injured on the job as the result of the negligence of a "third party" (someone who is not your co-worker), you may be entitled to pursue a personal injury claim against that individual. The advantage of pursuing a third party claim is that you may be able to recover for lost wages, lost future earnings, pain & suffering and the loss of services of your spouse. These are damages that you cannot recover as part of your workers' compensation case.Continue Reading
Defense attorneys in workers' compensation cases are increasingly turning to social networking sites to gather information about injured workers as part of the discovery process. For example, if an employee with a back injury claim and strict lifting restrictions from his treating physician posts a photo on Facebook of himself working out with heavy weights at the local gym, this could lead to the suspension of his weekly checks. Similarly, when an injured worker who is collecting weekly benefits tweets on Twitter about her weekend boating trip at the lake, this could lower the settlement value of her case.Continue Reading
Anyone who has suffered a back injury on the job or who has been diagnosed with a lumbar disc herniation knows all too well what it feels like to have pain, numbness, tingling and/or weakness in one or both legs. This pain occurs when the discs, or cushions, between the bones of your back weaken, allowing a jelly-like substance called the nucleus to push out.Continue Reading
Edward Keane, a senior financial analyst with A.M. Best, recently provided an interesting insight into the current state of the workers' compensation insurance market. He expressed the opinion that it is unlikely that writers of workers' compensation insurance will see that line of business turn around anytime soon, despite large-scale workers' compensation reform bills enacted in several states this year. In my opinion, this will undoubtedly result in closer scrutiny of workers' comp claims and more aggressive claims handling by employers, insurers and self-insurers.Continue Reading
According to business industry experts, narcotic prescription drugs are a major element responsible for increasing costs to employers and insurers in the workers' compensation system. Some members of the business and insurance industry have labelled the rising use of opioids by injured workers as a "national epidemic". Consequently, employers, insurers and self-insurers are now taking aggressive steps to try to combat the problem.Continue Reading
Each year, Susan J. Sadow handles many cases for clients who have suffered devastating accidents involving the use of machinery. These accidents result in traumatic amputations, crush injuries and even death. An interesting article about preventing machinery-related workplace injuries recently appeared in the WorkSafe Solutions category of Accident Fund's website. http://www.accidentfund.com. The article acknowledged that many companies still do not adhere to OSHA standards for safeguarding machinery. Consequently, machine guarding and other related machinery violations rank among the top 20 OSHA citations issued.Continue Reading
Susan J. Sadow proudly announces that she has once again been awarded a listing in the 2012 edition of Best Lawyers in America. She was recognized for her expertise in the area of Georgia Workers' Compensation law. Since its inception in 1983, Best Lawyers has become universally regarded as the definitive guide to legal excellence.Continue Reading