Jennifer M. Smith

Governor Deal Appoints New State Board of Worker’s Compensation Chairman

by Jennifer M. Smith, Esq.

Governor Deal has appointed attorney Frank R. McKay as the new Chairman of the State Board of Workers’ Compensation. He will fill the vacancy left by outgoing Chairman Richard Thompson, who is returning to private practice. McKay’s post will take effect on March 1, 2013. McKay previously worked as a special […]

Friday, February 1, 2013|

Resources for Finding Physicians / Specialists and Building a Panel of Physicians

by Jennifer M. Smith, Esq.

Medical treatment is a huge component of workers’ compensation claims. It is important for employees to treat with good physicians who also understand the workers’ compensation system. In Georgia, the Panel of Physicians is a list of doctor and/or facilities authorized to treat an employee following a work injury. The employer, […]

Thursday, November 1, 2012|

Recent Appellate Division Decision: The Importance of an Accurate Panel of Physicians

by Jennifer M. Smith, Esq.

A recent Appellate Division decision is a reminder of how important a completely accurate posted Panel of Physicians can become, even down to the correct address and phone number for a listed physician/provider. In the case, the employer included a well known local orthopedic group on the Panel of Physicians. The […]

Monday, October 1, 2012|

Out of State Providers or Out of State Injuries: What Fee Schedule Applies?

by Jennifer M. Smith, Esq.

Questions sometimes arise when an out of state healthcare provider provides services for an injured employee and requests to reimbursed at the fee schedule rate for the other state instead of Georgia’s rates. Does Georgia’s fee schedule apply in these instances or does the fee schedule for the other state apply?

As […]

Monday, October 1, 2012|

Proposed Georgia Workers’ Compensation Legislative Changes for 2013

by Jennifer M. Smith, Esq.

State Board Chairman Rick Thompson announced the proposed legislative measures for 2013 at the Georgia Workers’ Compensation Seminar last week. The most significant change is a 400 week cap on medical benefits in non-catastrophic cases. In catastrophic cases, the employee would still be entitled to lifetime medical benefits. Currently, an employee […]

Monday, October 1, 2012|

Latest on Prescription Medications Lyrica and OxyContin

by Jennifer M. Smith, Esq.

Lyrica
On June 20, 2012, the FDA informed Pfizer, Inc. of its decision to approve Lyrica for a new indication of neuropathic pain, or nerve pain, secondary to spinal cord injury. This condition is seen in workers’ compensation claims and the new approval may increase the allocation of prescription amounts in Medicare […]

Sunday, July 1, 2012|

Controversial New Study finds Majority of Costs from Work Comp Injuries Paid by Other Insurers

by Jennifer M. Smith, Esq.

A recent article in Business Insurance discusses a dispute regarding a study from the University of California Davis examining the costs of work place injuries. According to the study, nearly 80% of direct and indirect costs that could be covered by workers’ compensation insurance are being paid instead by private health […]

Sunday, July 1, 2012|

Why are “Parties at Interest” of Any Interest in Work Comp Claims?

by Jennifer M. Smith, Esq.

At some point, you may have received a copy of a Notice of Intent to Become a Party at Interest, usually filled out by a doctor’s office or a private healthcare insurance company, regarding their intent to become a “party at interest” in a Georgia workers’ compensation claim. What is a […]

Sunday, July 1, 2012|

Georgia Workers’ Compensation Fee Schedule Guide

by Lindy Z. Kerr, Esq.

The Georgia Worker’s Compensation Fee Schedule impacts workers’ compensation claims in a multitude of ways. It is not simply a listing of the maximum allowable reimbursement for medical procedures and services, but it also governs how information is communicated between the medical provider and employer/insurer. It also consists of several hundred […]

Thursday, March 1, 2012|

Coming and Going: Questions of Compensability with Parking Lot, Sidewalk and Other “Common Area” Injuries and Applicability of the Ingress/Egress and Parking Lot Rules

by Jennifer M. Smith, Esq.

An employee slips and injures herself while walking on the sidewalk in the office complex where she works. She just finished lunch and was on her way back to work when she fell. The company she works for is the primary tenant in the office complex, however there are other small […]

Wednesday, February 1, 2012|
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