Surveillance: Georgia Injured Workers Beware!
Employers and Insurers have always used surveillance in workers' compensation cases. However, the current economic climate has caused a dramatic rise in the use ofContinue Reading
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A September 13, 2010 article in the New York Times indicated that workers today are retiring later than ever before and engaging in jobs that are more and more physically demanding.
Workers' Compensation is designed to be the exclusive remedy available for workers who are injured or killed on the job. Employees in Georgia who are injured at work give up the right to sue their employers in exchange for income and medical benefits. This doctrine applies even if the injury or death was due to the employer's negligence or recklessness. The trade off for the exclusive remedy doctrine is that workers are entitled to benefits even if the injury was partially their fault.Continue Reading
No one with a neck injury likes to contemplate the idea of surgery. Before surgery is even considered, conservative treatment including physical therapy, cervical traction, and medications is always recommended to see if it can successfully improve your symptoms. However, if conservative treatment has failed to relieve your pain, cervical spinal fusion may be the right option for you.Continue Reading
A recent article in the Wall Street Journal highlighted promising research that has resulted in a new test for detecting traumatic brain injuries. The test looks for the presence of biomarkers, or proteins, that are produced by an injured brain. The U.S. Defense Department is expected to provide $17 million to fund a major study to assess the extent that biomarkers can reliably detect the extent of brain injury and help doctors decide on a course of treatment. “I think this will revolutionize brain-injury care” said Col Dallas Hack, a medical doctor in charge of the U.S.Continue Reading
It is possible for an injured worked with complex regional pain syndrome to experience substantial improvement and even remission of pain if treatment begins within a few months of the first symptoms. The problem is that Complex Regional Pain Syndrome/CRPS can be difficult to diagnose and equally difficult to successfully treat. Often, in workers’compensation patients, the diagnosis is made long after effective treatment should have begun.Continue Reading
I have handled worker's compensation cases for clients all over the State of Georgia. Potential clients often wonder whether they need a local lawyer who practices in the same city as their employer. The answer is a resounding no. An effective worker's compensation lawyer does not need to have an office in the same city or county as the employer. Nor does the lawyer have to be located in the same city or county as his or her client. Knowledge of worker's compensation law is most important.Continue Reading
We often get calls from potential clients inquiring about injuries sustained going to or coming from work. Whether these injuries are compensable depends on a number of important factors. In Georgia, an employee who suffers an injury while going to or coming from his or her place of employment is not "in the course of employment" and is, therefore, not entitled to workers' compensation benefits. However, this general rule has numerous exceptions and applies only in cases where an employee has specific hours and a set location for work and where travel is not part of the employment.Continue Reading
Over the years, I have handled many cases for clients who unfortunately have suffered from chronic pain as a direct result of their work-related injuries. Chronic pain affects every aspect of daily life. If you suffer from chronic pain, it is essential to work with an attorney who understands it and knows the best specialists who employ the latest techniques for successfully managing chronic pain.Continue Reading