Client Alerts


2015 Legislative Update
May 21, 2015

The 2015 legislative session of the Georgia General Assembly passed House Bill 412, which revises portions of the Georgia Workers’ Compensation Act. The relevant changes in the law take effect July 1, 2015. Revised portions include: Change in Benefit Rates, Change in Death Benefits, Changes to the SITF, Change in Options for Complying with The Physician Selection Process, and Added Language to the Exclusive Remedy Provision.

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Supreme Court of GA Reverses Statute of Limitations Claim
September 23, 2014

S13G1812 Reid v. Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority

The Supreme Court has REVERSED the Court of Appeals’ earlier decision that an employee’s pursuit of late payment income benefit penalties 10 years later was not barred by the applicable statute of limitations.

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.” In contrast to a long history of both statutory and case law, the Court of Appeals found the two-year statute of limitations outlined in O.C.G.A. § 34-9-104 inapplicable to the employee’s request for payment of income benefit penalties even though nearly 10 years had passed since he last received temporary total disability benefits.

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Stiffer Penalties for Use of Runners""
June 11, 2014
A new bill increasing penalties for the use of “runners” to solicit clients following auto accidents was signed into law by Governor Nathan Deal. “Runners” are individuals who engage in “ambulance chasing” by contacting injured victims or grieving families in order to persuade them to use a certain lawyer or health care provider for purposes of making an insurance claim. Runners then receive payments from those lawyers and health care providers for each client referred.
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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.
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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. Read More
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