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Whether you are coming in person for a meeting or prefer to complete the paperwork process over the phone and via email, we are happy to help you. After filling out the initial paperwork, your claim can generally be filed within 24 hours, once the correct employer and insurance carrier are identified. Please be sure to bring all documents related to your injury to the initial meeting.

At ReisLaw we thrive on direct attorney-client personal contact. Unlike other firms, you will not be only meeting with a case manager, but with Laura directly. Case managers are not attorneys, may not have any legal training and should not be calling the shots on your case. Laura’s legal assistants handle only administrative tasks like scheduling medical appointments. All case handling decisions are made by the attorney directly.

While other firms take weeks or months to file your claim, you are guaranteed personal attention and timely filing of your case. Please note that we are unable to provide legal advice and are making no guarantee on the value of your potential case at this point. After the initial meeting, we will gladly guide you through the workers’ compensation process. There is no charge for our initial consultation and never any out of pocket expense to you at any time.

WHAT TO BRING TO YOUR INITIAL APPOINTMENT

Please bring all medical records and workers’ compensation documents in your possession when you come to ReisLaw. This includes any emails and letters regarding your injury you have sent to or received from the employer or insurer regarding your injury. If you are already receiving weekly benefits, please bring a check stub so we can make sure that we have the claim number and claims contact information. At the meeting, after completing the paperwork, we will scan in the needed documents and return the originals to you, so there is no requirement to make copies for us.  Bring what you have and we will get the rest.

THE workers’ compensation CLAIM FILING PROCESS

Once the initial paperwork is filled out, we electronically file your claim on ICMS (Integrated Claim Management System)

This puts all parties on notice of your claim. Sometimes, it is necessary to request a workers’ compensation hearing at this time. This is also filed electronically. Once a hearing is requested, the case is assigned to a judge and a hearing date is set. Prior to any hearing, it is generally necessary to conduct discovery, or exchange information with the other side about the case. ReisLaw will walk you through the process. If it is ever necessary to come to a workers’ compensation hearing, we will give you ample notice and prepare you in person for court. As such, it is never appropriate to come to court without your attorney. If you do receive a hearing notice from the court, please confirm with us that the hearing is ready to go forward.

In 95% of workers’ compensation cases a hearing is not necessary. A workers’ compensation judge does not award ‘a lump sum’ dollar amount for your case, like a jury would in civil court. Workers’ Compensation is administrative by nature and a workers’ compensation hearing will award you the right to a specific benefit, like approving a doctor, adjusting your weekly income rate, or adding an additional part of the body to be covered under your claim.

If your case is ready to go to court, please keep in close contact with our office the week before the hearing as there are often last minute deadlines to adhere to. It is not necessary to dress up for any workers’ compensation proceeding. Generally speaking the workers’ compensation court operates in a casual yet conservative environment, and we recommend that you do the same and wear solid clothes without writing so that the judge can focus on your testimony and not on distracting clothing.

As soon as your injury occurs you may be under strict scrutiny by your employer and the insurance claims adjusters, whether or not you have an attorney, so please be mindful of your actions. At ReisLaw we will guide you through how to handle your social networking sites, how to look out for surveillance and how to deal with case nurse managers trying to attend your private doctors appointments. You have rights under the law that the insurance company will not tell you about. Contact us today to understand your rights and benefits.

VERIFY COVERAGE

Not all employers understand the law or have the required workers’ compensation coverage. Click the link below to verify your employer is covered.

workers’ compensation TERMS

  • SBWC (State Board of Workers’ Compensation)
  • TTD (Temporary Total Disability)
  • TPD (Temporary Partial Disability)
  • PPD (Permanent Partial Disability)
  • AWW (Average Weekly Wage)
  • CR (Compensation Rate)
  • ATP (Authorized Treating Physician)
  • IME (Independent Medical Exam)
  • ICMS (Integrated Claims Management System)
  • ALJ (Administrative Law Judge)

PERMANENT PARTIAL DISABILITY TABLE

In addition to weekly income benefits (TTD) and medical treatment, an injured worker may be entitled to payment for permanent impairment to their body (PPD). This benefit is based on a percentage impairment to that body part and is a pure mathematical calculation

% disability x total weeks assigned to body part x CR = PPD

O.C.G.A. 34-9-263 (2010)
34-9-263. Compensation for permanent partial disability

(a) Definition. As used in this chapter, “permanent partial disability” means disability partial in character but permanent in quality resulting from loss or loss of use of body members or from the partial loss of use of the employee’s body.

(b) Payment of benefits.

(1) In cases of permanent partial disability, the employer shall pay weekly income benefits to the employee according to the schedule included within this Code section. These benefits shall be payable without regard to whether the employee has suffered economic loss as a result of the injury, except as herein provided.

(2) Income benefits due under this Code section shall not become payable so long as the employee is entitled to benefits under Code Section 34-9-261 or 34-9-262.

(3) If any employee is receiving benefits under this Code section and experiences a change in condition qualifying the employee for income benefits under Code Section 34-9-261 or 34-9-262, any payments under this Code section shall cease until further change of the employee’s condition occurs.

(c) Schedule of income benefits. Subject to the maximum and minimum limitations on weekly income benefits specified in Code Section 34-9-261, the employer shall pay weekly income benefits equal to two-thirds of the employee’s average weekly wage for the number of weeks determined by the percentage of bodily loss or loss of use times the maximum weeks as follows:

BODILY LOSS MAXIMUM WEEKS

#BODY PARTWEEKS
1Arm225
2Leg225
3Hand160
4Foot135
5Thumb60
6Index finger40
7Middle finger35
8Ring finger30
9Little finger25
10Great toe30
11Any toe other than the great toe20
12 ALoss of hearing, traumatic - One ear75
12 BLoss of hearing, traumatic -Both ears150
13Loss of vision of one eye150
14Disability to the body as a whole300

(d) Impairment ratings. In all cases arising under this chapter, any percentage of disability or bodily loss ratings shall be based upon Guides to the Evaluation of Permanent Impairment, fifth edition, published by the American Medical Association.

(e) Loss of more than one major member. Loss of both arms, hands, legs, or feet, or any two or more of these members, or the permanent total loss of vision in both eyes shall create a rebuttable presumption of permanent total disability compensable as provided in Code Section 34-9-261.

Disclaimer: These codes may not be the most recent version. Georgia may have more current or accurate information. We make no warranties or guarantees about the accuracy, completeness, or adequacy of the information contained on this site or the information linked to on the state site. Please check official sources.

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LIFE EXPECTANCY TABLE

A non-catastrophic injured worker is entitled to weekly lost income (TTD checks) while the approved physician has them out of work for up to 400 weeks, or 350 weeks if the doctor has you on light duty but there is no job available. In some workers’ compensation cases, the injury is so severe that it is classified as catastrophic. In this instance, future value is calculated by your life expectancy.

ANNUITY MORTALITY TABLE FOR 1949, ULTIMATE

AGEMALEFEMALEAGEMALEFEMALE
073.1878.695522.2026.33
172.4777.945621.4425.46
271.5977.045720.6824.59
370.6576.105819.9323.72
469.7075.145919.2022.87
568.7574.176018.4822.02
667.7873.196117.7621.18
766.8272.216217.0620.36
865.8571.236316.3719.54
964.8970.246415.6818.73
1063.9269.266515.0117.94
1162.9568.276614.3617.16
1261.9867.296713.7116.39
1361.0166.306813.0815.64
1460.0465.326912.4614.90
1559.0764.337011.8614.18
1658.1063.357111.2813.47
1757.1362.377210.7112.78
1856.1761.397310.1512.11
1955.2060.41749.6111.45
2054.2359.43759.0910.82
2153.2658.45768.5810.20
2252.3057.48778.109.60
2351.3356.50787.639.02
2450.3755.53797.178.47
2549.4154.55806.747.93
2648.4453.58816.327.42
2747.4852.61825.926.93
2846.5251.64835.546.46
2945.5650.67845.186.01
3044.6149.70854.845.58
3143.6548.73864.515.18
3242.7047.77874.204.79
3341.7446.80883.904.43
3440.7945.84893.624.09
3539.8544.80903.363.77
3638.9043.92913.123.47
3737.9642.97922.883.19
3837.0242.01932.672.92
3936.0841.06942.472.68
4035.1540.11952.282.45
4134.2239.17962.102.24
4233.2938.22971.942.05
4332.3837.28981.791.87
4431.4736.35991.651.71
4530.5735.411001.521.56
4629.6734.481011.401.42
4728.8033.561021.291.30
4827.9332.641031.201.19
4927.0731.721041.101.09
5026.2330.811051.020.99
5125.4029.91106.940.91
5224.5829.011070.860.83
5323.7828.111080.750.73
5422.9827.221090.500.50
5522.2026.33
Age Male Female
0 73.18 78.69
1 72.47 77.94
2 71.59 77.04
3 70.65 76.10
4 69.70 75.14
5 68.75 74.17
6 67.78 73.19
7 66.82 72.21
8 65.85 71.23
9 64.89 70.24
10 63.92 69.26
11 62.95 68.27
12 61.98 67.29
13 61.01 66.30
14 60.04 65.32
15 59.07 64.33
16 58.10 63.35
17 57.13 62.37
18 56.17 61.39
19 55.20 60.41
20 54.23 59.43
21 53.26 58.45
22 52.30 57.48
23 51.33 56.50
24 50.37 55.53
25 49.41 54.55
26 48.44 53.58
27 47.48 52.61
28 46.52 51.64
29 45.56 50.67
30 44.61 49.70
31 43.65 48.73
32 42.70 47.77
33 41.74 46.80
34 40.79 45.84
35 39.85 44.88
36 38.90 43.92
37 37.96 42.97
38 37.02 42.01
39 36.08 41.06
40 35.15 40.11
41 34.22 39.17
42 33.29 38.22
43 32.38 37.28
44 31.47 36.35
45 30.57 35.41
46 29.67 34.48
47 28.80 33.56
48 27.93 32.64
49 27.07 31.72
50 26.23 30.81
51 25.40 29.91
52 24.58 29.01
53 23.78 28.11
54 22.98 27.22
55 22.20 26.33
56 21.44 25.46
57 20.68 24.59
58 19.93 23.72
59 19.20 22.87
60 18.48 22.02
61 17.76 21.18
62 17.06 20.36
63 16.37 19.54
64 15.68 18.73
65 15.01 17.94
66 14.36 17.16
67 13.71 16.39
68 13.08 15.64
69 12.46 14.90
70 11.86 14.18
71 11.28 13.47
72 10.71 12.78
73 10.15 12.11
74 9.61 11.45
75 9.09 10.82
76 8.58 10.20
77 8.10 9.60
78 7.63 9.02
79 7.17 8.47
80 6.74 7.93
81 6.32 7.42
82 5.92 6.93
83 5.54 6.46
84 5.18 6.01
85 4.84 5.58
86 4.51 5.18
87 4.20 4.79
88 3.90 4.43
89 3.62 4.09
90 3.36 3.77
91 3.12 3.47
92 2.88 3.19
93 2.67 2.92
94 2.47 2.68
95 2.28 2.45
96 2.10 2.24
97 1.94 2.05
98 1.79 1.87
99 1.65 1.71
100 1.52 1.56
101 1.40 1.42
102 1.29 1.30
103 1.20 1.19
104 1.10 1.09
105 1.02 0.99
106 0.94 0.91
107 0.86 0.83
108 0.75 0.73
109 0.50 0.50

Mileage reimbursement form

List of board forms

FORM#

TITLE

WC-BORBill of Rights
(Revised 2016)
WC-BOR-SpBill of Rights (Espanol)
(Revised 2016)
WC-P1Panel of Physicians
(Revised 2006)
WC-P1SpPanel of Physicians (Espanol)
(Revised 2006)
WC-P3WC/MCO Panel
(Revised 2006)
WC-P3SpWC/MCO Panel (Espanol)
(Revised 2006)
WC-1Employer’s First Report of Injury
(Revised 2017)
WC-2Notice of Payment or Suspension of Benefits
(Revised 2017)
WC-2aNotice of Payment or Suspension of Death Benefits
(Revised 2017)
WC-3Notice to Controvert
(Revised 2017)
WC-4Case Progress Report
(Revised 2017)
WC-6Wage Statement
(Revised 2017)
WC-7Application for Self Insurance
Packet available through Licensure & Quality Assurance Division (404) 656-4893
WC-10Notice of Election or Rejection of Workers’ Compensation Coverage
(Revised 2013)
WC-11Standard Coverage Form Group Self-Insurance Fund Members
(Revised 2012)
WC-12Request for Copy of Board Records
(Revised 2011)
WC-14Notice of Claim/Request for Hearing/Request for Mediation
(Revised 2016)
WC-14aRequest to Change Information on a Previously Filed Form WC-14
(Revised 2017)
WC-15Attorney Certification for No-Liability Stipulations
(Revised 2011)
WC-20aMedical Report
(Revised 2017)
WC-25Application/Objection for Lump Sum/Advance Payment
(Revised 2016)
WC-26Consolidated Yearly Report of Medical Only Cases/Indemnity Cases
(Revised 2014)
WC-100Request for Settlement Mediation
(Revised 2017)
WC-102Request for Documents to Parties
(Revised 2011)
WC-102bNotice of Representation
(Revised 2017)
WC-102cAttorney Leave of Absence
(Revised 2017)
WC-102dMotion/Objection to Motion
(Revised 2017)
WC-104Notice to Employee of Medical Release to Return to Work with Restrictions or Limitations
(Revised 2014)
WC-108aAttorney Fee Approval
(Revised 2017)
WC-108bAttorney Withdrawal/Lien
(Revised 2017)
WC-121Notice of Change of TPA/Servicing Agent
(Revised 2014)
WC-131Application for Permit to Write Insurance
(Revised 2014)
WC-131aAnnual Insurance Update
(Revised 2014)
WC-200aChange of Physician/Additional Treatment by Consent
(Revised 2011)
WC-200bRequest/Objection for Change of Physician/Additional Treatment
(Revised 2014)
WC-205Request for Authorization of Treatment or Testing by Authorized Medical Provider
(Revised 2013)
WC-206Notice of Intent to Become a Party at Interest
(Revised 2014)
WC-207Authorization and Consent to Release Information
(Revised 2011)
WC-208Application for Certification of WC/MCO
Packet available through Managed Care & Catastrophic Disability Division (404) 656-0849
WC-226aPetition for Appointment of Temporary Conservator of Minor(s)
(Revised 2014)
WC-226bPetition for Appointment of Temporary Conservator of Legally Incapacitated Adult
(Revised 2014)
WC-240Notice to Employee of Offer of Suitable Employment
(Revised 2014)
WC-240aJob Analysis
(Revised 2011)
WC-243Credit
(Revised 2011)
WC-244Notice of Intent to Become a Party at Interest
(Revised 2014)
WC-262Wage Documentation of Temporary Partial Disability Payments
(Revised 2011)
WC-R1Request for Rehabilitation
(Revised 2016)
WC-R1CATEEEmployee’s Request for Catastrophic Designation
(Revised 2016)
WC-R2Rehabilitation Transmittal Form
(Revised 2011)
WC-R2aIndividualized Rehabilitation Plan
(Revised 2011)
WC-R3Request for Rehabilitation Closure
(Revised 2013)
WC-R5Request for Rehab Conference
(Revised 2011)
Rehab ObjectionRehab Objection
(Revised 2016)
Rehab ReleaseCatastrophic Rehab Release
(Revised 2011)
Change of AddressRequest for Change of Address
(Revised 2016)
Change of InformationRequest to Change Information
(New 2016)
Petition for Medical TreatmentPetition for Medical Treatment
(New 2017)
SubpoenaSubpoena
(Revised 2017)

PRESENT VALUE CALCULATOR

Weekly Payment: $

Annual Interest Rate: %

Number of Weeks:

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