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Can I Receive Workers’ Comp if an Injury Aggravates a Pre-Existing Condition?

Georgia law recognizes the fact that employees may have a pre-existing problem when they step foot on their employer’s worksite. According to Lumbermen’s Mutual Casualty Co. v. Griggs, “Fortunately for the employee, perfect health is not a prerequisite to the enjoyment of benefits of this statute.” This means the employer cannot argue that the employee...

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Workers’ Compensation and Permanent Partial Disability Benefits Explained by a Lawyer

  Under Georgia’s Workers’ Compensation Act, there are three types of permanent partial disability (PPD) benefits: Loss of a specific scheduled member (e.g., the worker loses a thumb); Loss of use of a specific scheduled member (e.g., the worker’s thumb is crushed and it is essentially non-functioning); or an impairment to the body as a...

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Workers’ Compensation and Medical Benefits Explained by a Lawyer

One of the mainstays of workers’ compensation insurance is that there will be timely, reliable medical care available for injured workers. According to the Workers’ Compensation Act, the employer/insurer are required to furnish the employee: “...such medical, surgical, and hospital care and other treatment, items, and services which are prescribed by a licensed physician, including...

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Workers’ Compensation and Wage Benefits Explained by a Lawyer

Under Georgia’s workers’ compensation system, there are three types of benefits an injured worker may be eligible to receive. These are: Indemnity Benefits (wage benefits); Medical Benefits; and Permanent Partial Disability Benefits (PPD). Too many times, people assume that you are also able to receive money for pain and suffering and emotional suffering — benefits...

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Client Story: I Would A Million Percent Recommend Gary Martin Hays’s Office

 Gainesville, GA It was a typical workday. A delivery had just come in and Angela set about stocking the back room with the new shipment. As she shifted a large box aside to retrieve an order, two other boxes above her began to fall. Instinctively, Angela twisted to catch them. Then she heard a...

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Can You Qualify for Workers' Comp Benefits If You Are a Contracted Employee?

Under Georgia law, contract employees are eligible for workers' compensation, but some key questions need to be answered first. It all depends on the distinction between independent contractor and employee. Did the employer control the time, manner, methods, and means of the work performed by the worker? The Georgia Court of Appeals has established a...

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