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Bernadett Rosszer

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  • Can I sue for having permanent scars that I received at my job?

    I was burned at my job on 3 different occasions and I have permanent scars on my forearm and knuckle because of those burns. They made me stick my hand/arm in an oven and wouldn't provide me with oven mitts, even though I had asked for the mitts ...

    Bernadett’s Answer

    Scarring alone will not entitle you to workers' compensation benefits. There is no compensation for pain, suffering, or embarrasement in Ga workers'' compensation. However, if the scars limit you physically, you can ask for additional treatment and possibly for an impairment rating. You may also be able to show psychological injuries from the scarring and seek benefits that way. You shold consult an experienced attorney to determine whether either scenario applies to your case. If you have any questions, let me know.

    Betti Rosszer
    Klob Law Firm
    770-554-8100

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  • What can happen at a workers comp deposition?

    Insurance comp doesnt want to cover weight loss surgery need it to loose weight to be able to have hip replacement for an injury i had at my job i want to know if at the deposition the company could decide to cover it

    Bernadett’s Answer

    The answer will likely come after the deposing attorney prepared his report and had a chance to consult with the claims adjuster. Your testimony may result in extended discovery, because they may have to request records from additional medical providers. They will probably want their own doctor to evaluate your claim. Talk to your attorney to find out what time frame you can expect.

    Wishing you the best with your claim,

    Betti Rosszer

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  • How much of a settlement can child enforcement take ?

    My child is 19, and I only owe arrears, I am going to receive a workers compensation settlement and would like to know by GA law, how much of it can the child support enforcement take ?. Can the mother and I agree on a settlement amount?

    Bernadett’s Answer

    Child support could technically take the entire settlement, but they rarely take more than half. Your attorney can show them how much of the settlement will be used for medical expenses, which may help decrease the amount they take. An agreement between you and the mother is not binding, CSS decides on the dollar figure. But it is helpful to get your ex on your side.

    Sincerely,

    Betti Rosszer

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  • Can a work comp state have jurisdiction over an employee of a TX non-subscriber employer?

    If a TX employee of a TX non-subscriber is injured in Louisiana, or Georgia, or Colorado, etc., which state has jurisdiction? Texas, or the other state? If the other state has jurisdiction, do they apply their work comp laws, although the employ...

    Bernadett’s Answer

    If at all possible, file a claim in a state other than Texas because their benefits in that state are extremely limited. You should consult an attorney in all possible jurisdictions and decide which state provides the maximum benefit.

    Betti Rosszer
    Klob Law Firm

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  • Will i be required to sign a release before i go back to work in state of Georgia ? this is after surgery

    dr . has said i can go back to work with no restrictions . this is a workman comp injury .

    Bernadett’s Answer

    You do not need to sign a release to return to work for your employer. I recommend that you try full duty work to make sure you are truly capable of doing your old job. If you are not, return to the doctor and explain why you cannot do the job and ask him to assign appropriate restrictions until you fully recover. Also, you may want to think about doing an independent medical evaluation before you close or settle your claim. If you have any further questions, l would be glad to help. I wish you the best with your claim.

    Betti Rosszer
    Klob Law Firm
    770-554-8100
    betti@kloblawfirm.com

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  • I injured my back 2 years ago at work, I am no longer employed with them. I am still having problems with my back.

    The doctor says I have a pinched nerve . This is an on going conduction from my injury at work . Will workmen compensation pay for me to go to the doctor

    Bernadett’s Answer

    I agree with my colleagues that you generally have a year from the date of your accident to file a workers' compensation claim with the Georgia State Board of Workers' Compensation. However, if you have received income or medical benefits under this claim, you may have additional time to file a claim and seek benefits.

    The fact that you no longer work for the company does not in itself bar your claim. However, if your current job aggravated your back problems, you may have to bring a workers' compensation claim against your new employer.

    I recommend that you contact an attorney to determine whether you are still eligible to receive medical treatment. If you have any questions or I can be of any assistance, feel free to contact me.

    Sincerely,

    Betti Rosszer
    Klob Law Firm
    770-554-8100

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  • Due to accident at work, I am currently working light duty and had my wages reduced 55 percent. Is this legal?

    I was at work and had some chemical spill on my right foot causing 3rd degree chem. burn and had a skin graph.

    Bernadett’s Answer

    Yes, they can reduce your pay. Your remedy is temporary partial disability benefits, which pays 2/3 of the difference between your pre and post injury wages. You can receive a maximum of $334.00 per week. You can receive TPD benefits for up to 350 weeks from the date of your accident, assuming your work situation remains the same. Please let me know if you have any additional questions or if I can be of further assistance.

    Sincerely,
    Betti Rosszer
    Klob Law Firm
    770-554-8100
    betti@kloblawfirm.com

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  • Is it ethical to force a person to retire and/or promise not to work for the school system if they accept a settlement?

    I was offered a $ 10 , 500 payout for a 7 POD ; however , I requested more and was offered $ 12 , 500 with forced " voluntary retirement . " I already decided to retire since the accident , but I am being forced to sign an agreement neve...

    Bernadett’s Answer

    Employers/Insurers request resignation (or voluntary retirement) generally with all settlements to reduce their future exposure. If an injured employee were to settle a workers' compensation claim without resigning and then re-injure the same body part, the employee could file a new workers' compensation claim. Also, depending on the type of injury, some employees have an increased risk of re-injury (e.g back injury cases). As you can see, your Employer wants to cut their losses and close out the entire claim when settling.

    I agree with the other attorneys - if you need surgery and want to have the procedure, have it under workers' compensation. If you have a complication (such as a blood clot or nerve damage), your settlement would not cover those. You would have to pay out of pocket for those.

    Also, if you are close to age 65, you will likely have to consider Medicare's interests by establishing a medicare set aside (MSA) account. Based on the information you provided, Medicare's interests may not have been considered in your claim. This could mean that even if you are Medicare eligible, you could end up paying for the surgery out of pocket and Medicare will not cover your medical expenses.

    I recommend that you consult an attorney before signing the paperwork. You want to make sure you are not selling yourself short. Let me know if you have any additional questions.

    Betti Rosszer
    KLOB LAW FIRM
    770-554-8100

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  • I WORKED FOR A TEMP AGENCY THAT SENT ME OUT FULL TIME ON AN ASSIGNMENT WHERE I GOT A PINCHED NERVE CAN I SUE.

    I CANT FEEL MY TWO TOES ON MY LEFT FOOT AND IM IN A LOT OF PAIN. THE TEMP AGENCY ALSO THE COMPANY I WAS WORKING FOR LET ME GO AND HAS TOLD ME THEY HAVE NOTHING ELSE FOR ME CAN I SUE FOR MEDICAL ASSISTANCE AND LOST WAGES.

    Bernadett’s Answer

    Thank you for your question. You can bring a WC claim against the temp agency. You are entitled to free medical treatment and income benefits for your lost wages. You can get WC benefits even if they let you go. I recommend that you obtain medical care as soon as possible to avoid any permanent nerve damage.

    I hope this answer was helpful and I wish you the best with your claim. If you have any additional questions or concerns, please let me know.

    Betti Rosszer
    Klob Law Firm
    770-554-8100

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  • What percentage of workers comp claims with a trial date actually go to trial?

    What percentage of workers comp claims settle prior to the actual trial date?

    Bernadett’s Answer

    In Georgia, most cases get resolved prior to the hearing date. After discovery is completed (i.e., medical reports are obtained, depositions are taken, etc.), the parties have more information to decide on how to proceed with the case. In some instances, the entire claim settles, while in others the parties work out the issue(s) in litigation and the claim continues. Resolution prior to a hearing is generally preferred because it takes a long time for a case to go through the court system. In the meantime, the injured employee is unable to receive benefits. Only a small percentage of cases where an agreement cannot be reached go to court.

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