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What is your injury worth? Maybe less than you think, study finds

When it comes to seeking compensation for injuries after a work-related accident, it's oftentimes easy for insurers to total the damages that should be covered. That's because the cost of a doctor's visit, medical procedures, a hospital stay, an ambulance ride, prescription costs, other medical treatments and lost wages are relatively easy to calculate because they have a monetary cost associated with them. Psychological injuries, on the other hand, aren't so easy to calculate.

In workers' compensation cases involving psychological injuries, such as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) -- which we outlined in an October blog post --recovering damages can be a challenge without help from a seasoned workers' compensation attorney. This is, in part, due to the fact it can be difficult to calculate a cost for pain and suffering. But as a recent study points out, recovering adequate damages for emotional losses may be trickier than most people think.

HOW TO INCREASE THE SETTLEMENT VALUE OF YOUR WORKERS COMP CLAIM

Most people know that Georgia workers compensation claims usually conclude with a lump sum settlement. But how much should your case settle for? How much is a shoulder injury worth? Or a back injury? Most importantly, is there anything that the injured worker can do to increase the settlement value of the case? Absolutely! in Georgia you can increase the settlement value of your workers comp case. 

The legal risk of serving alcohol to underage Thanksgiving guests

Thanksgiving is a time of celebration with family and friends. In addition to the turkey, pie and sweet potatoes, alcohol often plays a prominent role in Thanksgiving get-togethers. At such festivities, many hosts may allow their underage nieces or nephews to have a drink or two. They mistakenly assume that it's safer for minors to drink at home--under the supervision of trusted adults--rather than at a party or in a bar.

The real problem with this assumption is that it actually puts the host at risk of a lawsuit. A statute in Georgia law addresses this issue--known as "social host liability". Under this law, the host of an event can be held responsible for injuries resulting from serving alcohol to minors (or other already intoxicated guests). An important condition of this law is that in order to be held liable, you must know that the person you're serving "will soon be driving a motor vehicle."

Subrogation: A potential glitch in workers' compensation remedy

If you are like most workers in Georgia, you may not give much thought to what should happen if you get injured on the job. It's understandable. Someone who suffers a serious accident isn't all that concerned about how treatment and recovery will be paid for. They're main thought is about getting that care, and rightly so.

As we have noted in a previous post, workers' compensation is the exclusive remedy available to the individuals hurt on the job. That does not mean no other avenues for seeking compensation exist. A third party, such as the maker of faulty work equipment, could be liable for what happened to you, making a personal injury civil viable. To understand the scope of your legal options, however, requires consulting an experienced attorney.

Repetitive motion injuries also compensable

Workplace injuries aren't always sudden and visible. Often, an injury or condition can develop over the course of months or even several years by repeating the same task continuously. Types of work that commonly involve repetitive motion include factory assembly, heavy lifting, reaching overhead and typing.

By repeating the same motion day after day, muscles and tendons suffer from significant strain. Workers may develop chronic conditions such as Carpel Tunnel Syndrome over time. These conditions might limit your ability to complete daily tasks and could last the rest of your life. You may also face debilitating pain as a result of your job requirements.

Mating season can result in deer-related crashes

The months of October through December can be particularly hazardous to Georgia motorists, but not for the reasons you might think. Is it because of snowfall that makes roads slippery and dangerous? Not here in the South, where the temperatures remain mild. How about drivers who have had too much to drink at their holiday celebrations? Drunk drivers do pose a threat, but that's not the one we're talking about:

In the state of Georgia, October to December is deer mating season.

And safety experts say that during this season, deer can be particularly likely to cause car accidents.

Five conditions that can lead to outdoor slip and fall injuries

Slip and fall accidents are of the most common forms of personal injury. They can occur anywhere, at any time, and can be caused by many different conditions.

The area where a slip and fall accident occurs plays an important part in liability. Depending on the premises where an injury occurs, the property owner could be held legally responsible. This is particularly true if the conditions of the property could have contributed to the incident. Take a look at some common outdoor conditions that can lead to slip and falls:

Can I collect workers' comp for PTSD?

Imagine for a moment that you are at work doing your job as you always do when suddenly something goes terribly wrong and you are seriously injured. In addition to your serious physical injuries, you experience serious emotional harm as well. PTSD.

In these situations, it's not uncommon for workers to also need medical care for psychological injuries, such as post-traumatic stress disorder. The accident that landed you in the hospital may play over and over in your mind, resulting in anxiety, loss of sleep, depression and a myriad of other conditions and fears. In such a circumstance, your anxiety may force you out of work temporarily or permanently, even requiring regular visits to a psychiatrist for medication and therapy.

Know the responsibilities that your employer has to you

If you have found our website, then you are likely wondering how to receive compensation for a workplace injury. Being injured at the workplace or during a work-related activity adds a whole new layer of difficulty to your life. An injury can bring pain, suffering and a whole host of legal issues. During the workers' compensation process, you might find yourself wondering what your employer should be doing for you.

It is crucial to know that most companies have several obligations that they must provide to their employees in order to address workers' comp issues. Not complying with these duties can result in penalties such as fines, litigation, and even criminal charges.

More technology in cars increases distracted driving

As vehicle technology becomes more advanced, automakers add increasingly complex bells and whistles to the information and entertainment systems in cars. While dashboards used to have just a few simple features, they are now often equipped with the technology for social media, texting, navigation, and email.

Many analysts say having a few knobs and dials to adjust the temperature or tune the radio are OK, but they say interactive systems are getting more complicated, causing drivers to pay more attention to their technology and less attention to the road. The result is increased risk of serious accidents for everyone.

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