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Harold W. Whiteman Jr.

Harold Whiteman’s Answers

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  • Am I required to provide Workers Compensation insurance coverage for myself if I am an independent contractor in Georgia ?

    I am an individual who intends to provide lawn maintenance under a contract for a set yearly fee for a local church as an independent contractor. Am I required by Ga. law to provide W.C. insurance for myself ?

    Harold’s Answer

    No. If you have 3 or more employees in regular service you are required to have workers comp insurance. Even then you can opt out of coverage for yourself.

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  • Am I required to release my social security disability information to a thrid party in a workers comp settlement .Privacy laws?

    I was awarded SSA for a work related injury. Workers comp 400 seeks benefits are exhausted but I am applying for castatropic settlement. The employer has hired a third party to determine medicade set a side to prep for a settle in mediation.Are yo...

    Harold’s Answer

    you do if you want to settle your case.

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  • What can I do if I suppose to be on light duty but my employer wont honor it

    I got hurt at work and i suppose to be on light duty..I can't lift 5 pounds and several other things..Since I have been on light duty it haven't been light duty the owner still want me to count inventory even though I can't bend ,reach,or lift ove...

    Harold’s Answer

    Use your camera on your phone to document the activities that you are being given that exceed your limitations. Show that to your doctor and see if he will agree that since your employer does not have suitable employment, you should be off work entirely. Then your employer's insurance company will be required to pay you disability benefits. You could quit working now and argue that your job is not within your restrictions. This could lead to payment of disability benefits as well but more than likely the insurance company would dispute your contentions. You really need to get an attorney,

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  • I am looking for someone with experience in workers comp dealing with DOAS. Any leads on good attorneys?

    I work for the GDOT. I was injured on the job and now am being told due to my injuries I wont be able to return to work. I am looking for a lawyer with experience in dealing with DOAS and winning.

    Harold’s Answer

    Unfortunately since the State is not settling workers comp cases you will have a hard time finding an attorney who will take your case.

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  • What can be done about me still pursuing my workers compensation claim because I am still injured?

    The lawyer that I chose to pursue my workers compensation claim has not been in touch with me for weeks and I can't get ahold of him.

    Harold’s Answer

    First, I suggest going to his or her office and insisting on speaking to someone about your case. At the very least, get an appointment so you can sit down the your attorney and find out what is going on. Unfortunately some time can go by after a hearing is requested where nothing is really happening. This could be the case. If your attorney refuses to meet with you, then find another attorney.

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  • Is there a way to actively sue them for the neglected information which caused the injury to occurr

    My employer failed to provide a handbook of do's and don'ts of the business and position. Lack of this information has caused an on the job injury to happen to myself and was neglected the information. I am wanting to go after them for the neglect...

    Harold’s Answer

    No. You cannot sue for that. Workers compensation is your sole remedy.

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  • I JUST NEED TO KNOW WHAT TO DO , OR WHO TO CALL TO RIGHT THIS WRONG? ALSO, DO I NEED TO GET THE GA BAR ASSOC. INVOLVED?

    MY WORKER'S COMP CASE WAS SETTLED I GA WITH A MIS DIAGNOSIS/ BAD LEGAL ADVICES. MY LAWYER WOULDN'T EVEN TALK TO ME EXCEPT RIGHT BEFORE SETTLING THE CASE. I ASKED HER TO PRESENT MY OFFER AND HER PARALEGAL SAID NO, THE CO IS NOT ENTERTAINING ANYMO...

    Harold’s Answer

    Absent some evidence of fraud by your attorney, and there doesn't sound like that based on your brief comments here, there is nothing you can do once the settlement has been approved by the workers compensation board. You did not have to sign the documents if you disagreed with the amount you were being offered. Apparently you did so you just have to live with it.

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  • How do I get compensation for my injuries and medical bills, do I file a civil case or would a attorney represent me?

    I was injured at work due to the owner not fixing the cracked concrete per OSHA's ordes.My ankle is fractured, Im now hurt and the owner doesn't offer workmans comp. Or medical insurance. My medical expenses are starting to add up.

    Harold’s Answer

    Provided your employer had at least 3 employees in regular service on the date of your accident, they were required to have workers comp insurance. And if you were an employee you have a claim if the injury occurred during the course of your work and arose from the work. You really need to consult with an experienced workers compensation attorney.

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