Employers, human resources professionals, claims representatives, and their attorneys have much to consider upon receiving notice of an alleged on-the-job injury. There are many factors to examine during the initial investigation of the claim before the decision to accept or deny the claim should be reached. This article will discuss several of these considerations in detail with the goal of providing some suggestions as to possible avenues of investigation prior to the acceptance or denial of the claim. ... Continue Reading
As many defense attorneys, claims adjusters, and employers can attest, the current law governing the return to work process when an employee is released to light duty is onerous and subject to manipulation by the employee and his attorney. ... Continue Reading
When the law surrounding the idiopathic defense to on-the-job injuries is so often misunderstood, misconstrued, and misapplied by judges and lawyers, it can be very difficult for the average claims adjuster or employer to make heads or tails of the idiopathic defense, what it means, and when it applies. The Georgia Court of Appeals recently attempted to provide some clarity in this morass of conflicting decisions and legal theories. In doing so, the Court chipped away at the scope of the idiopathic defense by its ruling in Cartersville City Schools v. Johnson 345 Ga. App. 290, 812 S.E.2d 605 (2018). ... Continue Reading
As the reverberations of the opioid crisis are being felt around the country, Chairman Frank McKay of the Georgia State Board of Workers' Compensation has vowed to address the over-prescription and abuse of these Schedule II narcotics in the workers' compensation setting. ... Continue Reading
A recent Georgia Supreme Court decision, Roseburg Forest Products Company v. Barnes, has far reaching implications for Employers and Insurers when evaluating catastrophic claims... ... Continue Reading
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