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Workers' Compensation Law Pertaining to Cancer Could Be Changing for Some

Firefighters-220x300.jpgUnder Georgia's workers' compensation laws, those who are "injured" on the job have a right to pursue certain benefits through their employer's workers' compensation insurance carrier. In fact, the State of Georgia even refers to workers' compensation as an "accident insurance program" in literature designed to educate workers about their rights.

Georgia Court Refuses Injured Worker's Request for Interlocutory Relief from Protective Order

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Even if the employer or insurer has accepted an injured worker's claim for workers' compensation benefits, the injured worker can find herself involved in a court case for seemingly any no reason. The employer and insurer have the right to request a hearing to determine eligibility for workers' compensation benefits essentially at any time.

Before a court can render a decision on a matter that has come before it, the court must have jurisdiction. This includes both personal jurisdiction over the parties and subject matter jurisdiction over the dispute between the parties. In Georgia, the tribunal that has jurisdiction in cases arising under the state's workers' compensation laws is the State Board of Workers' Compensation. Typically, an administrative law judge makes the final award or order in such a case, but the Board's Appellate Division has jurisdiction over an appeal from the administrative law judge's decision. If a party is dissatisfied with the Board's decision, there is a possibility for further review by the courts.

Explaining Georgia Workers' Compensation Law, Vol. 1

shutterstock_255414412-300x200.jpgGeorgia workers' compensation law is very complex. Even the most seasoned claims professionals and human resources personnel struggle from time to time with the intricacies of Workers' Compensation Act. My blog posts on this topic are aimed at providing basic knowledge and familiarity with the system so that injured workers can begin to level the playing field in handling their claims against employers and their insurance companies.

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