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Q: My workmans comp adjuster was made aware of the unpaid bills and emailed copies of everything a month ago.

My claim was approved in Oct, I have since recovered and am back at work. Bills continue to come in despite the notification I gave them a month ago, they have still not paid the med bills. It is now in collection agency hands. My claim was approved and they have not done what they said they would... Read more »

T. Andrew Miller
T. Andrew Miller answered on Feb 18, 2020

Time to hire a lawyer.

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Q: My workmans comp claim was approved. The med bill's kept coming in, now there are collection agency letters.

What are my options before this affects my credit. I did my part and the workmans comp has defaulted on their end.

T. Andrew Miller
T. Andrew Miller answered on Feb 18, 2020

If you have an accepted claim, your adjuster should be able to confirm payment. If that isn’t working, you can submit the bills to be paid but the format of the bills must be correct and the medical records should be attached. Retaining a Worker’s Compensation law firm can also help with issues... Read more »

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Q: What is the timeframe for ppd payments to begin once the adjuster has received the rating from the atp?
T. Andrew Miller
T. Andrew Miller answered on Feb 11, 2020

It depends. Are you still receiving weekly TTD benefits? Consult a workers comp lawyer to understand your rights.

1 Answer | Asked in Workers' Compensation for Georgia on
Q: Can searching for job or getting an interview damage your workers comp settlement case before approval
T. Andrew Miller
T. Andrew Miller answered on Jan 15, 2020

It depends. Better to wait until the settlement is approved in most situations, just to be safe.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Workers' Compensation for Georgia on
Q: How much time do you get for malice Murder?
Holly G Chapman
Holly G Chapman answered on Jan 13, 2020

In Georgia, malice murder carries life in custody and can be either with or without parole. If you are sentenced to life with parole, you must serve 30 years in custody before you can be considered for parole. If you are sentenced to life without parole, you will never be considered for parole.

1 Answer | Asked in Employment Law, Personal Injury and Workers' Compensation for Georgia on
Q: What is the time frame for work comp adjuster to request independent medical examination to be done after the injury

Work comp doctors treatment with what approved, no benefits,

T. Andrew Miller
T. Andrew Miller answered on Jan 9, 2020

There’s no deadline for the adjuster to schedule an IME. Speak with a workers comp lawyer ASAP to fully understand your rights and responsibilities.

1 Answer | Asked in Workers' Compensation for Georgia on
Q: If I cut my finger at work deeply and can’t use my hand for a month or so. Do I qualify for worker’s compensation?

Also would the company be reliable for medical bills if I had to get surgery? If I do qualify for worker’s compensation, how would I get it?

T. Andrew Miller
T. Andrew Miller answered on Jan 6, 2020

We would need more info to determine if you are entitled to workers comp, including payment of medical bills. But yes, in general, the incident you described would fall under workers comp. To get your claim started, talk to your boss. To get all your options and all the compensation the law allows... Read more »

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Q: My husband fell 4 ft off a dock at work, when he has Dr. appt. is workers comp responsible to pay him for the hours he's

Out of work because he fractured his right hand, broke 2 teeth and chipped several others also scared his nose and had a bump on his head

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar answered on Dec 22, 2019

I'm sorry for your husband's injuries. Your question remains open for three weeks; do not lose further time. Your husband should seriously consider contacting a workers' comp attorney to outline what he must do to preserve his rights in a WC claim in a timely manner. Most workers' comp attorneys... Read more »

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Q: Can I change my demand value before mediation
T. Andrew Miller
T. Andrew Miller answered on Dec 7, 2019

Yes. Although taking that action may lower your chances of getting a settlement agreement. A mediation is just a negotiation. Consult and experience Worker’s Compensation attorney to come up with the best strategy for your settlement negotiation.

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Q: After having an FCE and have permanent restrictions can you still have a 0 impairment rating?

Had an invasive Surgery done. TFCC with the removal of a ganglion cyst that I'm still recovering from

Michael Richard Moebes
Michael Richard Moebes answered on Dec 6, 2019

It doesn't seem fair, but if an insurer-leaning therapist gave the FCE (or an insurer-leaning doctor who's reviewing the FCE and assigning the rating), he/she may very well assign a 0% rating, yes.

2 Answers | Asked in Workers' Compensation for Georgia on
Q: Injury at work in Sept 2018. Put on workers comp and in Nov 2018, a doctor said I required surgery. Claim denied.

Claim was denied in January but employer didn't say anything nor did the insurance. I was moved to a different building where I have incurred several other injuries due to original injury. In April, I was told the company was taking me off of workers comp and putting me on unpaid FMLA. I took my... Read more »

Michael Richard Moebes
Michael Richard Moebes answered on Nov 4, 2019

You're represented, so you should sort this out with your attorney. If calls and emails aren't working, show up and talk to him/her to come up with a plan of action. I'm assuming you're working with someone who does a lot of mass advertising, so you may be one of thousands of cases the firm... Read more »

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Q: If the PPD payments are straight math then why do we hear of insurance offering more to settle and close?

The insurance person offered $1000 extra payment to close the claim. This makes us think there is more than straight math in play. We also learned that mileage to medical can be included - the insco never told us this we had to find out on our own. What else are they not telling us?

T. Andrew Miller
T. Andrew Miller answered on Oct 19, 2019

There’s a lot they aren’t telling you. The settlement value of a workers comp case depends on many factors. Your best bet to figure out the best option for you is to consult with a workers comp attorney.

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Q: Can I have an Attorney draw up a release form in lieu of getting workers comp insurance for my business?

I own a small owner operated carpet cleaning service in Kingston Ga. I do a great deal of work for property management companies. A few of the companies are asking for a workers comp policy from me. Since I am the only employee and the workers comp will not cover me, can I have an attorney draw up... Read more »

Ken Shigley
Ken Shigley answered on Sep 26, 2019

You could try that. I would if it mattered. Whether those companies -- and more likely their insurance companies and risk managers who are driving this request -- would accept that is another matter. It may be not so much a question of law as a question of their risk management practices.... Read more »

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Q: If i am given money for a hospital bill from the company I work for, does that disqualify me from workers comp

The accident was at work and basically a 1 ton chain hoist and metal plate broke free hitting me in the head causing a catastrophic head injury. I was asked if we could just pay medical bills out of pocket, now that I’ve been out of work I need that money to stay afloat, I have migraines so bad... Read more »

T. Andrew Miller
T. Andrew Miller answered on Aug 31, 2019

No, you are not disqualified from getting workers comp for the reason you stated alone. In order to best understand your rights and responsibilities, and get guidance through the process, hire an experienced workers comp attorney to evaluate and help you with your case. Don’t try to handle this... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Personal Injury and Workers' Compensation for Georgia on
Q: Personal Injury/Workers comp intervention

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Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar answered on Aug 15, 2019

The heading for your question came through, but the question itself must have somehow gotten left off. You could try to repost your question. Good luck

Tim Akpinar

2 Answers | Asked in Workers' Compensation for Georgia on
Q: Does not having prior history of injuries help my case in mediation?

Workers compensation insurance company lawyers requesting medical history. Is this a considered signal for mediation and does not having any injuries prior help in mediation?

T. Andrew Miller
T. Andrew Miller answered on May 6, 2019

Do you have a lawyer representing you? That's the way to give yourself the best chance of success at a mediation and to ensure you get the best value for your settlement. To answer your question, not having a history of injury to the body part you injured at work is definitely better than the... Read more »

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Q: Can the WC attorneys stop benefits if the case has an award and the claimant was determined to be permanently disabled?

My husband has been diagnosed permanently mentally and physically disabled. Now the wc attorney and insurers want to have him reevaluated by doctors hundreds of miles away. They have threatened to stop benefits if he doesn’t go to these appointments. This is a South Carolina case.

T. Andrew Miller
T. Andrew Miller answered on Apr 12, 2019

Yes - benefits can be suspended for all sorts of reasons that don’t make a lot of sense if you aren’t an expert in this area. WC won’t stop trying to save money on your husband’s case. Best to consult with an experienced lawyer so you can know what your rights and responsibilities actually are.

1 Answer | Asked in Workers' Compensation for Georgia on
Q: Injured on job, workers Comp, unit closed, we were let go, should I have been fired?

Had surgery start PT tomorrow. I’m getting first WC check soon, been out of work since Dec. 2018. Got paid severance ended March 2019.

I have never been on WC before. Worked 31 years as a nurses aide.

T. Andrew Miller
T. Andrew Miller answered on Apr 10, 2019

Difficult to answer based on what was written. Contact an experienced attorney to understand all your rights.

1 Answer | Asked in Workers' Compensation and Health Care Law for Georgia on
Q: GA catastrophic w/c case WC 207 violation or not?

Can a rehab case manager send my medical records at will to any facility as she wishes? My records were sent to a rehab facility without a signed WC207, ATP had not authorized nor recommended the facility, and I never went to this facility, dates and facts are in writing. This was just one of... Read more »

T. Andrew Miller
T. Andrew Miller answered on Mar 29, 2019

Unfortunately, the answer is yes based on what you’ve written here. There’s an entire team essentially working against your best interest in the name of saving money. Get an experienced workers comp attorney on your team so you can know your rights and options. Otherwise they will just keep... Read more »

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Q: Must WC pay a Lump sum for a knee surgery, after paying medical bills and lost wages? what is fair?

I slipped while working and my knee popped I torn my ACL and meniscus. WC is paying lost wages and medical bills though the lost wages are taking to long to arrive and the Doctor appointments takes more than month. I don't like to fight i just want to know what is fair

T. Andrew Miller
T. Andrew Miller answered on Jan 21, 2019

Get a free consultation with a workers compensation lawyer to maximize your settlement and know all your options.

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