On April 8, 2020, Governor Brian Kemp issued an Executive Order designating employees, staff, and contractors of health care institutions and medical facilities as emergency management workers. While these employees are engaged in emergency management activities during the current public health state of emergency, they will not be liable for death, personal injury, or property damage […]
The Georgia Telehealth Act was enacted in 2005 at O.C.G.A. § 33-24-56.4. The statute enabled the practice of “telemedicine,” the delivery of clinical health care services by means of real time two-way audio, visual, or other telecommunications or electronic communications.
Due in large part to the COVID-19 outbreak, The State Board of Workers’ Compensation officially added […]
Passing the Drug Test when the Employee Doesn’t: What is needed for Employers/Insurers to effectively use the Intoxication Defense
By Chad McDonald, Esq.
When an injured worker fails a drug screen after a work-place accident, the
employer and insurer rightly want to deny the claim. However, to
effectively assert the “Intoxication defense,” employers and insurers should
be aware of several requirements, which include the method and […]
By: Chad McDonald
As in years past, one of the most informative discussions at the seminar addressed recent Appellate Division cases. This year’s panel was led by Judge Terry Chastain, Director of the State Board of Workers’ Compensation. Noteworthy cases featured below touched on issues of the ingress/egress rule, injuries which occur during pre-employment physicals, […]