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/ 30.09.2020

Register now for the American Bar Association's Tuesday, October 13th virtual panel, "COVID-19 and Workers' Compensation Claims: Emerging Medical and Legal Issues." Of Counsel Ann Bishop will speak as a panelist about the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the workplace from a workers' compensation standpoint. Click here to register....

HBS Workers’ Compensation / 25.09.2020

Written by: Ann Baird Bishop, Esq. For almost 20 years, the Workers' Compensation Act has provided for unilateral conversion from temporary total disability benefits to temporary partial disability benefits in non-catastrophic claims where the claimant is released to light duty for 52 consecutive weeks or 78 aggregate weeks, provided the employer files a correct form WC-104 and follows the Rules enacted by the State Board of...

Blogs, HBS Workers’ Compensation / 11.07.2019

By: Ann Bishop, Esq. Here is a copy of Senate Bill 135 which passed and was signed into law by Governor Kemp and which went into effect on Monday, July 1, 2019.  The amendments made some changes to the office of Director Emeritus of the State Board of Workers' Compensation and to the position of Administrative Law Judge Emeritus. However, the primary changes of concern to you...

news / 02.05.2019

ATLANTA – May 2, 2019 – Hall Booth Smith, P.C. welcomes longtime workers’ compensation attorney Ann Baird Bishop as Of Counsel in its Atlanta office. Bishop has focused most of her more than 40-year legal career on workers’ compensation matters, defending employers and insurers in a wide variety of claims. Earlier in her career, she and 21 others formed Drew Eckl Farnham, where she was selected...

Blogs, HBS Workers’ Compensation / 29.10.2019

Written by: Ann Baird Bishop, Esq. Effective July 1, 2017, the State Board of Workers' Compensation enacted Rule 205(c) in an effort to address complaints regarding claimants' difficulties in receiving prompt medical attention.  The WC-PMT procedure was enacted to allow injured workers or their lawyers to request that employers/insurers show cause why medical treatment and testing recommended by an authorized treating provider has not been authorized. ...

Coronavirus Litigation, HBS Workers’ Compensation / 01.04.2020

Written by: Ann Bishop, Esq. Effective March 17, 2020, all Social Security Administration field offices were closed to the public in an effort to slow the growing rate of COVID-19 sufferers.  In response to the field office closure, the Social Security Administration is not providing information about Social Security Disability Insurance status to third parties.  For the present, to obtain information regarding SSDI status, claimants must...