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GA Legislative Update

  Upcoming Changes To Georgia Workers’ Compensation Laws: A Quick Summary By: Dan Cauley, Associate, Atlanta The Georgia Legislature is in the process of passing a law which would provide some changes to a claimant’s entitlement to certain workers’ compensation benefits, and although it is currently pending approval, it reportedly has a very strong chance […]

Georgia’s Occupational Illness & Injury Coverage Distinctions

By: Ryan Lawson, Associate, Atlanta As we progress through the flu season, many of us will see the inevitable sickness claim come across our desks.  We are then faced with the question of compensability and whether we are required to provide treatment and/or out of work benefits for a sick employee. While we find that […]

GA Tip of the Week – 10/28/15

BY:   Zal Linder   I recently attended the WC Institute annual seminar in St. Simons.  One of the issues that came up was the relationship between MSA’s and the 400 week cap on medical benefits in Georgia effective 7/1/13.  As you know, when preparing a MSA for CMS review, the Employer/Insurer must allocate for […]

GA Tip of the Week – IMEs: Costs

By:  Zal Linder I recently presented at a few seminars over the past couple of weeks, and one question I continued to get was about IME’s.  As you may recall, when the Board Rules changed on 7/1/15, one of the things that changed was the costs that can now be requested by claimant IME physicians. […]

Georgia’s Posted Panel Changes

By: Ryan Lawson, Associate, Atlanta On July 1, 2015, several legislative changes went into effect which slightly amended the workers’ compensation rules and statutes. Among these changes was an increase in the Temporary Total Disability and Temporary Partial Disability rates from $525.00/$350.00 to $550.00/$367.50, respectively; an increase to maximum death benefits to the surviving spouse […]

GA Tip of the Week – Revised WC-2

By:  Zal Linder | Partner We were recently advised by the Board that the current WC-2 has been revised, and that they will begin rejecting the current WC-2 forms effective 10/1/15.  I did a quick comparison of the 2 forms and there are virtually no real differences between the new form and the 2014 version other […]

GA Reminder – WC-104

By: Zal Linder | Partner Good morning everyone, Don’t forget to file those WC-104’s! As you know, the purpose of the WC-104 is to limit future TTD entitlement to 52 consecutive or 78 aggregate weeks, after which time the claimant can only receive TPD. Thus, you are ultimately limiting future indemnity exposure to a maximum […]

GA Update – Physician Panels

By: Zal Linder | Partner Greetings everyone,  In the past few weeks, I have received a number of questions about the new Board Rules and the changes to the physician Panel.  As of 7/1/15, the new Board Rules went into effect.  These now state that there are no more “conformed panels.”  Instead, if you are […]