REPORT CALLS FOR FEDERAL WORKERS’ COMP STANDARDS

A “race to the bottom.” That is how a new report from the Labor Department describes the trend of recently passed workers’ compensation laws in states all over the country. The agency’s alarming findings, they conclude, justify an examination of how federal intervention would help standardize these systems and help injured workers receive the relief they deserve.

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WHAT TO DO WHEN YOUR DISABILITY CLAIM IS DENIED

Has your disability claim been wrongfully denied? Let us bring our experience to your defense. Our firm has successfully taken on some the of the nation’s largest insurance companies. Whether your case is governed by the Employment Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) or isn’t, we have a proven track record fighting for your rights.

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DOG ATTACKS ARE ON THE RISE

According to the latest data, dog bite injuries are on the rise. As Ad Age reports, 2015 saw a 14% spike in dog bite injuries in postal employees. Why the increase? Officials believe the trend is due to the increase in online shopping. “Dogs view mailmen as trespassers invading their space,” veteran New Jersey mailman Michael Micali told Ad Age. “Let’s face it: a dog doesn’t have much to do all day if the house is empty but to sleep and wait for the mailman who comes around the same time each day.” Continue reading “DOG ATTACKS ARE ON THE RISE”

COMMON TYPES OF CAR ACCIDENTS

Car accidents rarely occur intentionally, but even the most insignificant of collisions can ruin your day, leaving you with shot nerves and the dread of dealing with insurance companies and claims. Accidents are bound to happen, but that doesn’t mean they are unavoidable. Read about some of the most common types of car accidents and what you can do to avoid them.

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UNDERSTANDING MINIMUM LIABILITY CAR INSURANCE

In Georgia, licensed drivers are all required to maintain a car insurance policy with liability coverage. On paper, this is a valuable requirement that allows car accident victims to access the relief they need to cover medical bills and other post-collision expenses. However, injury victims in Georgia are still frequently left without the coverage they need. This is because most drivers elect for the cheapest coverage option: minimum liability coverage.

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YOUR RIGHT TO REQUEST RELEVANT ERISA DOCUMENTS

ERISA § 104(b)(4), 29 U.S.C. § 1024(b)(4) states, “The administrator shall, upon written request of any participant or beneficiary, furnish a copy of the latest updated summary, plan description, and the latest annual report, any terminal report, the bargaining agreement, trust agreement, contract, or other instruments under which the plan is established or operated.”

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UNDERSTANDING YOUR PRODUCT LIABILITY CLAIM

If you’re a consumer that’s been harmed due your use of a product you bought, it sometimes can be difficult to know whether or not you have a legitimate product liability claim. Did the instructions have warnings you missed? Were you using the product the wrong way? Are all the products make this way– or did you do something to it that made it dangerous?

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WHAT IS GEORGIA’S ATTRACTIVE NUISANCE DOCTRINE?

While having a swimming pool or a jungle gym in your backyard might make for a wonderful home with great reason to spend more time outside when the weather is nice, it’s important to recognize the risk one of these features might bring. Georgia’s personal injury law includes a statute known as the “Attractive Nuisance Doctrine” which holds premises owners accountable for the safety of children who enter their property because of a feature when they do not recognize the risk.

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DISABILITY CLAIMS CAN BE BASED ON PAIN, FATIGUE & DIMINISHED CONCENTRATION

Under ERISA, before denying a long term disability claim, an insurance company or “plan” has “the responsibility to fully investigate” that claim. Capone v. Aetna Life Ins. Co., 592 F.3d 1189, 1199-1200 (11th Cir. 2010). However, instead of performing their responsibilities properly, many insurance companies hire and rely exclusively upon the report of non-examining, file-reviewing, physician consultants. Insurance companies typically use these consultants to deny benefits based upon the consultant’s implicit credibility determination that a Plaintiff’s subjective complaints of pain, Continue reading “DISABILITY CLAIMS CAN BE BASED ON PAIN, FATIGUE & DIMINISHED CONCENTRATION”

THE EFFECT OF COMPARATIVE NEGLIGENCE ON YOUR INJURY CLAIM

If you are injured in an accident as a result of someone else’s negligence, then you should be compensated. The principle seems simple, however accidents are not always black-and-white when it comes to determining fault and, in many cases, both parties may share fault. When liability is split, what impact does that have on your ability to collect damage reparations? The answer lies in “comparative fault” laws.

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