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I hired a workers' compensation attorney. What now?

After filing a workers' compensation claim, you may be one of the countless injured workers across the country who will seek out an attorney's assistance. After all, hiring an attorney can help to focus on recovery versus sorting out the legalese on your own. Nonetheless, an injured employee's work isn't done after hiring an advocate and the actions that you take can greatly impact your case.

When workers' comp meets personal injury

Workers' compensation functions as a system of protection--both for the employee and the employer. If you get injured on the job, workers' compensation insurance helps to ensure that you get the medical care you need and that you don't lose wages while you're out of work. In exchange, this system also protects the employer from a lawsuit.

A construction manager's mindset has a huge impact on safety.

A construction manager faces a lot of competing demands. They have to satisfy their clients, who want their project completed on time, on budget and with a high level of quality. At the same time, a manager also has to take into consideration the limitations of their crew and to be able to adjust goals as circumstances change.

COSH report: most dangerous workplaces in the nation

Last week was Workers' Memorial Week--a time dedicated to commemorating all of the workers who died preventable deaths on the job. The National Council for Occupational Safety and Health (National COSH) released a report which outlines what it considers to be the most dangerous workplaces in the U.S.

Should first responders have coverage for PTSD?

Following this tragedy, the officer began suffering from symptoms similar to those of war veterans and others who have suffered trauma: nightmares, flashbacks, depression and anxiety. The officer had Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). He was unable to return to work. However, under Florida workers' compensation law, first responders cannot receive benefits for a mental condition if it is not also accompanied by a physical condition. As a result, the officer has been out of work without any support.

Georgia workers' comp covers firefighters for cancer treatment

There has been a national push in recent years to increase workers' compensation for firefighters. Due to the inherently risky nature of the work, supporters of the campaign held that firefighters should be entitled to additional coverage for special types of work-related injuries. In particular, they wanted firefighter workers' compensation to cover cancer treatment.

Concerns about doctor bias in workers' compensation evaluations

Vanessa Sylva is a 54-year-old, former chef in Hawaii. She spent much of her career working for a large-scale catering company--sometimes working as many as 80 hours a week. Her work caused her to suffer tears in each shoulder and numbness down her arms, making it nearly impossible for her to use her hands. After filing a workers' compensation claim, she was examined by Dr. Leonard Cupo--a doctor selected and paid for by the workers' comp insurance company. She was denied treatment for nearly a decade, leaving her in chronic pain and restricting her to her home, unable to engage in even simple activities such as playing cards.

How could medical marijuana impact workers' comp?

Marijuana is becoming increasingly legalized across the United States. To date, 29 states and Washington DC have legalized marijuana for medicinal purposes, and nine states permit the recreational use of the drug. And the numbers keep rising.

Study finds depression increases work-related injuries for women

According to the latest census data, women account for 57.9 percent of Georgia's workforce. Working women often juggle the demands of home and work, which can be stressful. While not always the case, the constant balancing act between shifting priorities can lead to mental health concerns.

Comparative negligence options for injured gig economy workers

In the decade since the economic recession, the U.S has seen an explosion in a new category of jobs and workers associated with the gig economy. Gig economy workers, often categorized as independent contractors, miss out on the safety net of basic protections awarded to standard employees.

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.

Top 10 ways to maximize your workers' compensation claim

The moment someone suffers an injury at work is the moment most people start to worry about their financial situation and ask questions like: How will I pay my medical bills? How long will I be away from work? What will this do to my finances? Will I be compensated for childcare? What will happen if the doctor says I'm disabled?

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.

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