Columbus, Georgia Lawyer Mark Jones Answers: What is a Published Award in a Workers Compensation Case?
One of the things Lawyer Mark Jones does in representing his clients is read. He reads a lot — at all hours of the day and sometimes night. One of the things Mark reads regularly is the published awards of the State Board of Workers Compensation, Columbus Division. A published award is a legal opinion written by one of the Administrative Law Judges of the State Board of Workers Compensation.
A published award is a written document citing legal authorities and explaining the Administrative Law Judge’s legal reasoning behind his/her decision in a workers compensation case in Georgia. Sometimes, the award does not even award anything but is a denial of the claim!
Workers Compensation is very unique in that, oftentimes, the Administrative Law Judge writes the published award himself/herself! This is in stark contrast to the vast majority of the judiciary where the legal writing of draft opinions is often delegated to the attorneys appearing before the Court or court staff such as a law clerk or staff attorney. (With the Judge having total control over the wording of the order, obviously, to reflect his/her decision from the bench).
Not so with the Administrative Law Judges! Georgia’s Administrative Law Judge’s write detailed published awards with factual findings where they weigh the evidence, review the law, and make a decision. These Administrative Law Judge’s are prolific writers — writing about issues that profoundly impact the lives of the citizens of Columbus, Georgia, namely, whether they will receive workers compensation benefits for their on-the-job injury.
An example of a published award that deals with the workers compensation issue of a panel physician versus a family physician as well as medical causation of a neck injury is Judge Hagler’s published award:[gview file=”http://www.lawyermarkjones.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/12/LawyerMarkJones.Com-State-Board-of-Workers-Compensation-Decision-Hagler-J.-.pdf”]
Lawyer Mark Jones can assist you with your workers compensation claim. Give him a call today at 706-225-2555 for a free consultation regarding your case.