Why are “Parties at Interest” of Any Interest in Work Comp Claims?

by Jennifer M. Smith, Esq.

At some point, you may have received a copy of a Notice of Intent to Become a Party at Interest, usually filled out by a doctor’s office or a private healthcare insurance company, regarding their intent to become a “party at interest” in a Georgia workers’ compensation claim. What is a […]

Sunday, July 1, 2012|

Verifying Insurance Coverage

by Kenneth A. David, Esq.

It is a rather regular occurrence that a claimant may file a claim against the wrong carrier (insurer) or TPA (servicing agent). What to do? First, it may or may not be the fault of the claimant’s attorney but the Board generally requires that the claimant’s attorney makes the correction. Employer, […]

Friday, June 1, 2012|

Court of Appeals Upholds Award Against Employer/Insurer Who Failed to Attend Hearing

by Michael Memberg, Esq.

A very recent decision from the Court of Appeals confirms just how important it is from employers and insurers to take steps to ensure that any and all claims are responded to by either the adjuster or defense counsel. In Ready Mix USA, Inc. v. Ross, the Court of Appeals affirmed a […]

Sunday, April 1, 2012|

The State Board’s New “Expedited Resolution of Issues” Program

by Jennifer M. Smith, Esq.

You just received a hearing request over the authorization of physical therapy. Wouldn’t it be nice if the issue could be resolved by your defense attorney over a conference call with the judge rather than through the hearing process? The Georgia State Board of Worker’s Compensation agrees. With their new program […]

Wednesday, February 1, 2012|

Employer and Insurer Communication with Physicians Under Attack

by Kenneth A. David, Esq.

For some of you, this may be the hundredth notification you have gotten from any attorney regarding the impact of the McRae decision, a December 1, 2011 GA Court of Appeals opinion that may limit the type of contact by an employer, insurer, TPA, nurse case manger or defense attorney. Basically, […]

Thursday, December 1, 2011|

Insurer Penalized for Relying on Innacurate Newspaper Story to Unilaterally Terminate Claimants Benefits

by Alissa C. Atkins, Esq.

Last week, Business Insurance reported that a Louisiana log truck driver had been receiving temporary total disability benefits for post-traumatic stress disorder that developed after two women died in an accident when the car in which they were passengers pulled in front of the claimant’s logging truck. The workers’ compensation insurer […]

Saturday, October 1, 2011|

Claims Management Tips: How to keep a claim from heading south and how to salvage a bad claim

by Lindy Z. Kerr, Esq.

Some claims are just more difficult to manage efficiently and effectively than others. A difficult claim may be due in part to the type of injury sustained or the severity of the injury, the authorized treating physician on the claim, or even the attorney on the other side. Other times a […]

Thursday, September 1, 2011|