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How to Respond When An Employee Reports a Carpal Tunnel Injury in Georgia

By: Nathaniel Hofman, Esq.

Cumulative trauma injuries can be particularly tricky in the context of workers’ compensation. Commonly, there is no specific “onset” of injury, and subsequently there are often disputes over reporting. An employee can have minimal complaints of pain or discomfort that do not appear to rise to the level of injury, but for […]

Friday, September 7, 2018|

Hearing Notices Now Require WC-1 to be Filed

By: Emily Anderson, Esq.

The Board has recently added language to its standard Hearing Notice, requiring employers and/or insurers to file a WC-1 within 21 days of the date of the notice. Not having a WC-1 on file could not only impact the employer/insurer’s defenses, but an administrative law judge can now also impose civil […]

Friday, June 15, 2018|

Statutory Employer Concerns: How Contractors Can Protect Themselves From Liability When Using Subcontractors

By: Emily Anderson, Esq.

Any contractor who hires subcontractors wants to know whether the subcontractors have workers’ compensation insurance. We have recently seen issues arise where a subcontractor signs a contract stating they will obtain insurance, and may even provide a certificate of insurance, but it does not fully protect the contractor. If this […]

Friday, June 15, 2018|

Confused By the WC-240 Requirements? Eight Steps to Cut Off TTD Benefits!

By: Emily Anderson, Esq.

The WC-240 process is an important tool for insurers and employers to reduce claim costs. It can help bring employees back to work, provides an opportunity to suspend benefits, and is a useful tactic to position a claim for settlement. We have a podcast on our website which reviews the […]

Friday, June 15, 2018|

KDA Update: KDA welcomes Alain Fernandez and Dona Bearden… and congratulates Jarrett Babb on passing the Bar!

We are excited to announce that Alain Fernandez has joined the firm as our newest associate. His practice will concentrate on both workers’ compensation defense and civil litigation. Prior to KDA, Alain worked as a prosecutor for over eight years in various prosecutorial offices in the Washington, D.C. and Atlanta areas. He has a well-rounded […]

Friday, June 15, 2018|

Determining Proper Jurisdiction in Occupational Disease Claims

By: Tyler Jones, Esq.

With injuries such as mesothelioma and other long term “occupational disease” injuries, it can be difficult to pinpoint when and where a potentially compensable injury may have originated for purposes of a workers’ compensation claim. Even if the facts dictate that an injury or condition was likely caused by on-the-job exposure to […]

Tuesday, April 10, 2018|

Georgia Effectively Curbing Opioid Prescriptions in Workers’ Compensation Cases

By: Tyler Jones, Esq.

It is rare to read a good report regarding the opioid crisis, but according to two recent studies, Georgia is included in a list of states that are effectively managing opioids by decreasing the number of opioids prescribed in workers’ compensation cases. According to a study by the Workers Compensation Research Institute, […]

Tuesday, April 10, 2018|

2018 Georgia Workers’ Compensation Fee Schedule: No significant changes although dental fee schedule now available

By: Jennifer Smith, Esq.

The 2018 Georgia Workers’ Compensation Fee Schedule has just been released (the fee schedule is updated annually and published every April) and the most significant change is that the first Dental Fee Schedule is now available. In addition, every year there are typically increases in reimbursement amounts in general as well as […]

Tuesday, April 10, 2018|

Telemedicine on the rise but not adopted in the Georgia Fee Schedule…yet

By: Jennifer M. Smith, Esq.

Telemedicine, or “telehealth,” has a promising future in the workers’ compensation arena. More providers are offering these services, (notably Concentra and U.S. Healthworks launched telemedicine programs last year), and the prevailing thought is that use of telemedicine has the potential to decrease costs and improve patient satisfaction, resulting in better overall […]

Tuesday, February 13, 2018|

Making your WC forms stick: how to take full advantage of Board forms

By: Jennifer M. Smith, Esq.

For insurance adjusters, being assigned Georgia workers’ compensation claims means getting very, very familiar with forms. Forms are big in Georgia. Adjusters not only need to know which form to use when, but also need to be aware of deadlines for filing, what documentation needs to be included with filing and […]

Tuesday, February 13, 2018|
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