Jennifer M. Smith

Spinal Cord Stimulators: They may be worse than we even thought

By: Ken David, Esq.

We all know from experience that there is not a high success rate for spinal
cord stimulators in a workers’ comp claim, especially ones where there is
litigation. At KDA, Jennifer Smith and Jarvis Lakemaker have been studying this
issue and below are their thoughts on a recent AP study along with a link […]

Thursday, December 20, 2018|

KDA Welcomes Sarah Hegener and Wesley Moore

By: Jennifer Smith, Esq.

We are pleased to welcome Sarah Hegener as our newest associate and Wesley Moore as our law clerk.

Sarah’s practice will concentrate in the area of workers’ compensation defense, representing employers, insurers and third party administrators throughout Georgia. Prior to joining the firm, Sarah practiced municipal law for a small firm in […]

Tuesday, October 9, 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|

Trump’s “2-for-1” Regulation Reform May Impact Recently Enacted OSHA Rules

by Jennifer M. Smith, Esq.

President Trump recently signed an executive order which would require agencies, including OSHA, to eliminate two prior regulations for each new regulation which is issued. This could mean that recently enacted OSHA regulations, such as the controversial electronic record keeping rule, could be in peril.

Not only does the order mandate the […]

Tuesday, February 14, 2017|

Firefighter Cancer Bill Won’t be Extinguished, but Moves out of Work Comp Arena

by Jennifer M. Smith, Esq.

After Governor Deal vetoed a similar bill last year, firefighters in Georgia vowed to renew efforts for legislation allowing firefighters to more easily obtain workers’ compensation benefits for occupational diseases such as cancer, an “ordinary disease of life” and therefore HB 152 was proposed to presume cancer coverage for firefighters under […]

Tuesday, February 14, 2017|

Effective Communication with Physicians

by Jennifer M. Smith, Esq.

We recently gave a presentation on how to effectively communicate with physicians. Because medical opinions are the cornerstone of most workers’ compensation cases, we wanted to share the suggestions with all of our clients. So often, adjusters and employers have good information, perhaps from surveillance, prior medical records or details from […]

Tuesday, February 14, 2017|

Ken David & Associates Announces New Partner

Ken David & Associates is pleased to announce that Jennifer Smith has been elected partner effective January 1, 2016. Jennifer will continue to focus on defending employers and insurers in workers’ compensation claims, pursuing financial recoveries for clients in complex subrogation matters, and representing healthcare providers in medical malpractice lawsuits.

Jennifer has made many significant […]

Thursday, January 14, 2016|

Jennifer Smith Discusses Workers’ Comp with Midtown Business Radio

Just before the holidays, Jennifer Smith, Esq. interviewed with Midtown Business Radio to discuss workers’ compensation as seen from the employer’s side. She provides various tips for handling work injuries, from thorough documentation of every step of the WC process through questionnaires and personnel records to the significance of the panel of physicians in proper […]

Friday, December 18, 2015|