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Latest Stories from Eraclides Gazette

New Blood Pressure Guidelines May Mean More Workers’ Compensation Claims

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By: Michael Arington, Associate, Jacksonville Employers and defense attorneys can expect more claims for high blood pressure because of new blood pressure guidelines from two leading medical associations. The new requirements mean more people will qualify for diagnoses of hypertension, resulting in more claims from first responders, claimants needing cardiac clearance for surgery, and claimant […]

Holiday Party Claims: Yea or Nay?

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By: Marcus Rodriguez, Associate, Orlando The holidays–we all love when the time of year comes around for end of year parties and company functions. Now that the season is over, the claims for compensability may be rolling in. While many understand that workers’ compensation policies protect employees who are injured within the course and scope […]

Medical Marijuana Update for Georgia Workers’ Compensation Claims

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By: Zal Linder, Partner, and Ashley Rudolph, Associate, Atlanta With the growing trend of more and more states allowing for the use of marijuana, both medicinal and recreational, it is worth taking a closer look at the current status of the law on this issue. Under O.C.G.A. § 16-12-191, Georgia only allows the use of […]

Spotlight on Dawn Traverso, Esquire

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By: Ryan Knight, Associate, Miami Like so many other law school graduates, I came into private practice thinking I knew everything there was to know. I thought the more aggressive I was and the louder I yelled, the better attorney it made me. Then, I had the opportunity to work with Dawn Traverso, my boss […]

Costs and Fees: The Latest Loophole

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By: Michael Quiggins, Partner, Tallahassee Have you ever coasted into your driveway after a long day at the office, only to realize much to your dismay that you just spent 30 minutes successfully traversing the perils of city traffic (and perhaps more) without a single conscious thought to speak of? Some neuroscientists suggest that the […]

Important Case Law Updates in Georgia

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By: Laura Ogg, Senior Counsel, Atlanta Two important decisions came out from the Supreme Court of Georgia and the Court of Appeals of Georgia in October: Ocmulgee EMC v. McDuffie and Sanchez v. Carter. In Ocmulgee, the court found  that an employer need not show the availability of suitable employment to justify a suspension of […]

FS 440.13(2)(a) and the Right to Select Authorized Physicians

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By Sean M. Jordan, Associate, Orlando An authorized treating physician will often refer a claimant to a specialist (e.g. orthopedist, neurologist) and name a specific physician (e.g., Dr. Smith). When this occrus, the employer/carrier must determine whether they have to authorize the named physician, Dr. Smith, or whether they can utilize their statutory right to […]

Georgia Workers’ Compensation Claim Cost Control: Returning Employees To Work

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By: LeRyan Lambert, Senior Counsel, Atlanta A recent Gazette article discussed the financial benefits of maintaining valid and effective panels of physicians, and following panel procedure. Now, we will address another cost-controlling measure: preparing for and mitigating litigation costs by returning injured employees to work. Finding light duty accommodations can be daunting for employers. It […]

A Force to Be Reckoned With: Prosthetic Devices and Statute of Limitations Defenses

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By: Faith Searles, Associate, Tampa How familiar are you with Newton’s third law? By way of a refresher, that tenet holds, “tfor every action there is always an equal and opposite, or contrary, reaction.” While many of us likely harken back to our seventh grade science class, this law also may bring to mind many […]

Team EG Lends a Hand at Give Kids the World Service Day at WCI 2017

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By: Sean Callahan, Associate, Orlando Who wakes up at 5:00 a.m. on a Saturday morning before the sun is out, and drives to the Marriott World Center while sipping caffeine and belting out unintelligible lyrics to whatever music is being played on the radio at such an early hour (in a futile attempt to wake […]