Georgia House of Representatives Passes Bill That Would Make Changes to State’s Workers’ Compensation System

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The Georgia workers’ compensation lawyers at Rechtman & Spevak, whose law firm Web site URL can be located at http://rsinjurylawyers.com, hereby alerts the public to the fact that the Georgia House of Representatives has passed a bill during the 2013 legislative session that would create some changes to the way that the state’s workers’ compensation system works.

The Georgia workers’ compensation lawyers at Rechtman & Spevak represent clients who have been injured while on the job across the state, and the firm helps clients by way of pursuing benefits that may have been denied wrongfully. In an effort to keep the public up to date with regards to any legislative developments that relate to workers’ compensation in Georgia, the firm hereby alerts the public that the Georgia House of Representatives have passed a bill that, if passed into law, would change several aspects of the benefits system that currently exists.

During the 2013 legislative session, the House of Representatives passed House Bill 154. HB 154 was written in response to recommendations made by the Workers’ Compensation Board in Georgia. The changes that would take effect as of July 1, 2013 if the bill becomes law would include implementing a cap on benefits at 400 weeks for people who suffer non-catastrophic injuries while on the job.

In addition, the bill would place a cap on mileage charges submitted by injured workers who travel to medical appointments and it would change the timeframe in which these mileage charges can be made from 30 days to 15 days. The bill would also increase the maximum rate of benefits pay per week for people who are suffering from temporary total and temporary partial disability.

HB 154 also states that if injured workers recover benefits in a lump sum payment, the interest rate on those payments would be reduced. Finally, HB 154 states that injured workers are required to make a good faith effort to return to work if a doctor recommends such a step. The bill passed through the House of Representatives on a unanimous vote and will now move into the next step of the legislative process.

The Georgia workers’ compensation lawyers at Rechtman & Spevak would like the public to be made aware of these potential changes to Georgia’s laws that deal with workplace injuries, for if this bill becomes law there will be differences in what the claims process entails and what can be recovered by those who are injured on the job.

About Rechtman & Spevak

Rechtman & Spevak is a Georgia law firm thatprovides legal representation for people who have been injured in workplace accidents across the state. The firm also handles legal matters that relate to Georgia personal injury and Social Security Disability. David B. Rechtman has been practicing law in Georgia since 1981 and his partner, Jaret A. Spevak, has been a licensed attorney in the state for nearly 20 years. The firm is solely dedicated to matters of litigation. News and updates regarding the firm can be found at https://www.facebook.com/RechtmanSpevak.

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