Jennifer M. Smith

Drug Free Workplace: Get Certified and Receive a 7.5% Discount in Work Comp Premiums

by Jennifer M. Smith, Esq.

Employers, are worker’s compensation premiums continuing to cut into your bottom line? One way to reduce those costs is to become a certified drug-free workplace. The Georgia State Board of Worker’s Compensation certifies employers as drug-free. Once certified, those employers submit a copy of their drug-free workplace certificate to their insurance […]

Tuesday, August 11, 2015|

Important 2015 Workers’ Comp Rule Changes – IMEs and Panel of Physicians Requirements

by Jennifer M. Smith, Esq.

The Georgia State Board of Workers’ Compensation 2015 Rules, which went into effect on July 1, 2015, included several changes. Two of particular significance involve pre-payments for IMEs and the panel of physician requirements.

• Pre-Payment of Claimant’s IME allowed up to $1,200: Rule 202 (b) was amended to allow pre-payment up […]

Tuesday, August 11, 2015|

Work Place Injuries High in Nursing Profession: Lifting Devices Can Help

by Jennifer M. Smith, Esq.

It may be surprising, but nursing assistants and nurses are at a higher risk for back and other musculoskeletal injuries than workers in the construction, manufacturing, police and firefighting industries, according to data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. While slip and fall injuries account for some of these work place […]

Tuesday, July 14, 2015|

Occupational Disease Bill Only Covers Firefighters…For Now

by Jennifer M. Smith, Esq.

Also in legislative news, the House of Representatives introduced a bill which would provide a “rebuttable presumption” that occupational diseases (hypertension, heart disease, respiratory disease and sometimes cancer) contracted by firefighters are caused by their work. This places the burden on employers and insurers to prove that the job was not […]

Sunday, February 1, 2015|

Georgia Legislative Update: Battle Brewing Over “Exclusive Remedy”

by Jennifer M. Smith, Esq.

The 2015 legislative session was expected to be one of the most controversial in years on the workers’ compensation front, potentially leading to several significant statutory changes. One of the anticipated changes was intended to codify the exclusive remedy provision of the Act interpreted by the Georgia Court of Appeals last […]

Sunday, February 1, 2015|

Recent Fraud Cases in the News: A Reminder to Monitor Social Media and Other Public Forums

by Jennifer M. Smith, Esq.

There have a been several stories about workers’ compensation fraud in the news the past few months which are interesting to read, but also serve as a reminder that monitoring social media and performing investigative work (whether hiring professional investigators for surveillance or even just speaking with co-workers) can pay off. […]

Friday, August 1, 2014|

Idiopathic Injuries Revisited: A knee “pop” from rising out of chair not compensable

by Jennifer M. Smith, Esq.

Unraveling what constitutes an “idiopathic” injury and determining whether these particular claims are compensable can be tricky and a recent Court of Appeals decision demonstrates the very fine line in making this determination. An idiopathic injury is one in which the cause is a physical or mental condition personal to the […]

Friday, August 1, 2014|

Panel Alert: U.S. Healthworks Acquires Choice Care Occupational Clinics in Georgia

by Jennifer M. Smith, Esq.

On July 1, 2014, U.S. Healthworks announced that it had acquired all five Choice Care Occupational Medicine and Orthopaedic Clinics in Georgia. We contacted Choice Care and discovered that the name change to U.S. Healthworks is already underway. This acquisition means that employers need to update any posted Panel of Physicians […]

Friday, August 1, 2014|

2014 Georgia Workers’ Compensation Fee Schedule Impacted by Delayed Implementation of ICD-10

by Marc Rhee, Esq. and Jennifer M. Smith, Esq.

The 2014 Georgia Workers’ Compensation Fee Schedule went into effect on May 1, 2014, one month later than the typical effective date of April 1st. The delay this year was due to the delay in implementation of “ICD-10” (the Internal Classification of Diseases, 10th edition), the coding […]

Thursday, May 1, 2014|

Opioids: Red Flags to Look for Signaling Possible Fraud, Abuse or Misuse

by Jennifer M. Smith, Esq.

Opioid addiction and abuse continue to be a concern and an ever increasing cost in workers’ compensation claims. As discussed in the recent RxInformer article, “Red Flags in Opioid Therapy”, employers and insurers should be on the lookout for signs indicating fraud, abuse and misuse of opioid medications. Taken individually, any […]

Saturday, February 1, 2014|
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