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How Uber is paving the way for workers' compensation

If you know anything about workers' compensation, you probably know that a fundamental factor of eligibility is your employee status. If you're an independent contractor, you're excluded from such benefits. This division can be especially frustrating for contractors working in dangerous fields.

Meat processors suffer inhumane treatment for fear of retaliation

A recent report by the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) finds that inhumane working conditions in meat and poultry processing plants are a pervasive problem across the United States. What's more, the "climate of fear" that exists in many such facilities has deterred whistleblowers.

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.

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. 

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.

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.

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.

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.

Nurses: Perhaps the most overlooked victims of workplace injury

If you've ever spent time in a hospital in Georgia or anywhere else, you likely have a fond memory of at least one of the nurses on your floor. Their stories and compassion are legend. Unfortunately, so are their claims for on-the-job injuries.

Could a change of attitude help Georgia employers recruit?

Any Jimmy Buffett fans on the other side of the screen? We're guessing yes. Some may recall his 1977 hit, "Changes in Latitudes, Changes in Attitudes." It's Buffett's ode about life ever changing and that, "If we couldn't laugh we would all go insane."

Five things that can cost you your workers' comp in Georgia

Most workers in Georgia know that if they suffer an on-the-job injury, then the costs of treatment and lost wages will be covered by their employer's workers compensation insurance. Unfortunately, far too many workers don't understand that there are things they might be doing that could jeopardize this coverage.

Addressing the Georgia opioid epidemic

Prescription narcotics are one of those medicines that represent a double-edged sword. Doctors who specialize in pain management know these drugs, also called opioids, are effective tools for treating pain. What's equally clear from data over the past decade is that opioids can be very addictive - to a point where they become deadly.

I'm afraid to return to work after suffering a work injury

There is physical health and there is mental health. In the eyes of many, the two are separate and rather distinct, but in recent years, the line has become less bright. Several mental health parity acts have been enacted at the federal level. In each instance, the law requires that insurance plans provide equal coverage for conditions whether they are physical or psychological in nature. Workers' compensation is included under this umbrella.

Is your employer one of the 'Dirty Dozen?'

In 1970, the Occupational Health and Safety Act was signed, promising safer working environments for employees all across the nation. Since its passage, "the number of annual workplace deaths has dropped by 65 percent," states a recent article for Oye! Times. Unfortunately, despite the passage of the OHS Act, workplace accidents are still happening resulting in injuries, occupational illnesses and fatalities.

Dairy manure ponds just one deadly hazard in agricultural work

The Idaho Statesman recently published a major story on the dangers of agricultural work, and especially the hazards associated with manure ponds. While the focus was on Idaho, there's no reason the accidents described in the story couldn't have occurred here in Georgia.

Top 4 reasons not to return to work too quickly after an injury

Even though employees are an employer's most valuable asset, when it comes to work-related injuries, an employer's best interests can sometimes be at odds with an employee's best interests. On-the-job injuries can lead to higher insurance premiums, which isn't ideal for employers. Unfortunately, returning to work too quickly after an injury isn't good for employees.

Summer work can pose injury risk for Georgia teens

What's the matter with kids today? "Bye Bye Birdie" posed that question on Broadway and in film in the 1960s. The generation known as the silents might deserve credit for being the first to bemoan this character gap, but you can be certain that parents in every age bracket since have echoed the phrase.

It's hot out there, is your employer keeping you safe?

Summertime in Georgia; whether you are climate change believer or denier, there is no denying that it's hot outside. That heat is bad enough for workers who toil outside day in and day out. If the humidity happens to rise on any given day, the potential for illness and injury due to hazardous working conditions only increases.

So, your employer doesn't believe you are really injured...

Suffering an injury that no one can see from the outside can be incredibly frustrating, especially when that injury is work-related. You know that your pain is real, you will need medical attention and you will need time away from work to heal. Unfortunately, your boss has a skeptical look in their eye, possibly even thinking you're lying about your condition.

What's crucial in workers' comp, where I work or where I live?

Every state has workers' compensation law in place. That does not mean that all plans are the same. Indeed, where Georgia and Alabama are concerned, differences in benefit amounts can be significant. This has the potential for generating major confusion.

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