Recent WC Case Updates
April 2, 2014
There has been a flurry of activity in Georgia workers’ compensation law with the Georgia Court of Appeals having issued four decisions in March 2014. So that you are aware of the implications of these cases, we want to provide you with a brief update.
Reid v. Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority
July 30, 2013
In Reid v. MARTA
, the Court of Appeals addressed the two-year statute of limitations for income benefits under O.C.G.A. § 34-9-104, as well as the meaning of a “change of condition.” Of note, the parties stipulated to the facts of the claim at the hearing, allowing the Court of Appeals to apply a de novo standard of review.
Legislative Changes in Effect July 1
June 28, 2013
The 2013 legislative session of the Georgia General Assembly passed House Bill 154, which revises portions of the Georgia Workers’ Compensation Act. The relevant changes in the law take effect July 1, 2013. Revised portions include: Medical Exposure, Change in Benefit Rates, Amendments to WC-240 Process, Change in Mileage Reimbursement Deadlines and Change in Interest Rates.
The Honorable Elizabeth Gobeil Appointed as Director of State Board of Workers’ Compensation
November 12, 2012
Swift, Currie, McGhee & Hiers, LLP, would like to introduce the Honorable Elizabeth D. Gobeil as the newest director at the Georgia State Board of Workers’ Compensation. Judge Gobeil was appointed by Governor Deal on November 1, 2012, to replace the Honorable Warren Massey, whose term expired in January 2012. She will serve along with Chairman Richard Thompson and Judge Stephen Farrow. Judge Massey will continue to serve as an Administrative Law Judge with the State Board of Workers’ Compensation.
McRae v. Arby's Decision Reversed
November 5, 2012
On November 5, 2012, the Supreme Court of Georgia unanimously reversed the Court of Appeals in Arby’s Restaurant Group, Inc., et al v. McCrae
, S12G0714. On December 1, 2011 the Georgia Court of Appeals issued an opinion that placed significant restrictions on ex parte communications between employer’s counsel and the employee’s treating physician. On April 24, 2012, the Supreme Court granted the Petition for Certiorari in a 4 to 3 vote to consider whether the Court of Appeals properly interpreted O.C.G.A. § 34-9-207, and oral arguments took place on July 10, 2012.
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