In Georgia, all claims of work related injuries that are subject to the act, occur at the State Board of Workers Compensation. The Board handles mediations, hearings and appeals, as well as motions.
In Georgia workers compensation, you file a hearing when you can not work out an issue with the insurance company. Basically it is the equivalent of a trial. In workers compensation you have special rules of what you may be entitled to as it relates to a workers compensation claim.
For example if you have been put on light duty work restrictions and the employer does not have light duty work, they can not accommodate your work restrictions and under certain circumstances they should pay you weekly income benefits. If they refused to pay the benefits, you would have the option of filing a hearing with the Georgia State Board of Workers Compensation asking a Judge to decide if you are entitled to weekly income benefits.
What you can not do is file a hearing to make the other side settle your claim. You can file a hearing to enforce your legal rights, but the insurance company does not have to settle a workers compensation claim and will only do so if it is in their best interest.
Be informed. Be aware. Be prepared.
Ty Wilson is a Georgia workers compensation attorney, with offices in Savannah and Atlanta, who provides free information to the injured and the families of the injured. Visit tywilsonlaw.com to order his FREE Georgia workers compensation “Special Reports” and to read his many articles and to watch his videos.
If you have specific questions for a workers compensation attorney in Georgia, give Ty at call 912-508-4711 in Savannah or 770-948-5454 in Atlanta.