Workers’ Compensation Law

File a WC-1 for all claims, even “medical only” effective January 1, 2019

By: Ken David, Esq.

Pursuant to Board requirements, effective January 1, 2019, Insurers/TPAs must file Form WC-1 on all claims, including all “medical only” claims. The Board will assess penalties for failure to timely file a WC-1 after January 1, 2019, pursuant to the provisions of O.C.G.A. §§ 34-9-12(a), 34-9-18 and Board […]

Thursday, December 20, 2018|

Settlements: A Review of the Basics

By: Ken David, Esq.

It is that time of year when you want to close your files and claimants want some holiday money. With that in mind, let’s review some core aspects of settlements.

There are two types of final settlement: Liability and No Liability. You can always structure a
settlement as […]

Thursday, December 20, 2018|

WC-1 Required in All Claims, even Medical Only; EDI and ICMS will be Updated for Filing

By: Nathaniel Hofman, Esq.

If you looked closely at hearing notices issued in the past few months, you may have noticed a warning to employers and insurers to file a WC-1 First Report of Injury within 21 days of the hearing notice to avoid penalties which may be assessed for failure to file. This warning on […]

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|

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|

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|

Georgia 2018 Legislative Update

By: Alissa C. Atkins, Esq.

Nineteen days into the 2018 legislative session, only a few bills have been submitted that pertain to workers’ compensation law. At this point, no bill has been submitted to increase the Temporary Total or Temporary Partial Disability maximums, and although it is still technically possible, we do not expect any sweeping […]

Tuesday, February 13, 2018|
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