FAQ

GENERAL QUESTIONS

It is a potential client's opportunity to speak with an attorney about their legal situation so that they can ask questions and determine 1) if they need an attorney and 2) if the attorney they're speaking with is the right attorney or right fit for them. The Free consultation should be used as an opportunity to attempt to learn more about your legal situation through that attorney and to inquire to that attorney how they will handle the claim moving forward if you select them to be your attorney. I would also ask do I need an attorney right now where my claim is, and if the answer is no can you tell me a time when I might need an attorney.
You will speak with someone from our office and they will likely set up a phone conference or consultation with you to speak with the attorney right away. The reason for scheduling the conference call is to set dedicated time aside so that the attorney can give you the personal attention that your questions need to be answered. There will be no interruptions during that phone consultation.
If you send an e-mail to the attorney's e-mail address the attorney will read the e-mail and if additional tasks need to be done or information needs to be gathered there is a possibility that the attorney will forward the e-mail to his legal assistant in order to get the information answered or returned back to the client. If the e-mail has sensitive information, the attorney will type and create a completely new e-mail without the sensitive information and request that the legal assistant help provide the answer or get the information. Please note attorney-client privilege is with both the attorney and the legal assistant who are handling your claim.
If you contact our office in the morning or at the beginning of the day you will hear back – first of all you will likely have a consultation if you are a new caller scheduled on that telephone call. If, however you are following up with our office we have multiple ways of communication which include e-mail, text message, and phone call. We pride ourselves in getting back to you the same day. If we are unable to get back to your telephone call on the same day, we will reach out to you potentially via text message.
Yes.
Knowledge about your claim and the ability to answer questions specific to what you have experienced up to the point of speaking with the attorney. If you have any paperwork that is always helpful as it can help the attorney determine several facts and could reduce the amount of questions you have to answer.
After the initial consultation, both parties will decide 1) if there is a need for counsel and if there is a need for counsel if the potential client is ready and wants the attorney to represent them and if the attorney believes that they can help the potential client and want to represent them then a fee agreement must be signed. The fee agreement will be gone over prior to signature with details and facts depending upon the legal situation.
Yes, we offer both Zoom and Face Time videoconferencing for those who would like to see the attorney as he is speaking. We also offer phone consultations depending upon what the potential client's needs.
Currently, Georgia workers' compensation claims are moving forward even with the other courthouse closures. Therefore, we may be able to accomplish and move your workers' comp claim forward with Zoom depositions, and Zoom hearings, and possibly Zoom mediations. However, it is critical to know that both parties must agree to do these depositions, hearings and mediations via Zoom.
We have made workers' compensation claims the focus of our practice. We have podcasts, we have written special reports, and we have hundreds of videos on the web all in order to help provide helpful free information. At the end of the day, we believe you should speak with at least three attorneys. We are confident after you speak with us as one of those three attorneys, you will see the effort and the attention we provide and that will demonstrate how much we care and want to represent the clients who are the right fit for us.

FAQ Workers' Compensation

We have represented people who were injured on their first day of work. So, there is no time deadline so long a you are an employee and not an independent contractor.

You must be taken out of work completely for more than seven days or placed on light/limited/modified/restricted duty and the employer cannot accommodate your light/limited/modified/restricted duties.

If your claim is a what is called a non-catastrophic claim, you can receive income benefits for a maximum of 400 weeks. If your claim is a catastrophic claim, then you can receive income benefits for life. A catastrophic claim is a very serious injury and Georgia law has deemed that there are certain injuries which automatically make your claim catastrophic and then there is a what we call a catch-all provision in which you could possibly prove another injury that was initially catastrophic by proving it to an administrative law judge. For more information on catastrophic versus non-catastrophic claims please contact a Georgia workers' compensation attorney.
Yes, currently $675.00 per week is the maximum weekly benefit. Please keep in mind that this amount is subject to change.
The minimum is $50.00 per week. However, with a lot of things in law there is an exception if someone's average weekly wage is below $50.00 per week, so you should always speak with a Georgia workers' compensation attorney if your wages average below $50.00.
Benefits are calculated by taking 13 weeks of wages prior to your work injury. When you average out the 13 weeks you come up with what is called your average weekly wage. This is the gross amount of your pay before anything is taken out. Then, in order to determine your workers' compensation rate you do a calculation of taking two-thirds of your average weekly wage and that is what is known as your comp rate. Currently the comp rate is capped at $675.00 meaning if your average weekly wage and the subsequent two-thirds or 67% calculation for your comp rate is above $675.00, then you will only be paid $675.00 per week.
Temporary total disability means that you are totally disabled and unable to work per your authorized treating physician/doctor. Whereas temporary partial disability means that your authorized treating physician/doctor has released you to light, limited, modified or restricted duty for work. In a temporary partial setting if your employer can accommodate your light duty work restrictions there is a possibility that you will be working and possibly receiving both income from the employer and income from the workers' compensation insurance carrier.
No.
If you are only disabled your children cannot obtain payments. If your injury results in the death of an injured worker there is a possibility that your dependent children could receive workers' compensation benefits. However, there are multiple factors to consider such as they age of your children and the dependency of your children. If you have any specific questions about a workers' compensation death it is very important that you speak with a Georgia workers' compensation attorney.
No.

If the employer has a legally valid posted panel of physicians, you must choose from their list.

If there is no panel or an invalid panel, you may be able to select a physician of your choosing as long as they accept workers' compensation. Medical care is one of the most important factors in a workers' compensation claim, therefore you should speak with a Georgia workers' compensation attorney about what options you have if there is no panel, or an invalid panel.

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