October 18, 2019

Case Study: Workers Compensation Case Involving a Long Term Employee with Multiple Job Injuries

Welcome to the 4rd installment of my summer long series on Georgia Workers’ comp case studies. In the following case study, I discuss a case involving a long-term employee who sustained multiple job injuries.

The case of “Mr. F,” a long-term employee with multiple injuries

“Mr. F” has been employed by his company for 26 years as a machine operator and is required to maintain, repair, and run the machinery he is responsible for. He also operates a forklift in order to stock supplies. As a result of his job responsibilities, Mr. F sustained significant cervical and lumbar spine injuries as well as significant knee damage. His medical records indicate that he has continued to encounter pain and problems in these physical areas.

Mr. F’s treating physician (Dr. V) firmly believes that knee surgery is inevitable and that cervical and lumbar spine pain will be ongoing. To date, Dr. V continues to provide Mr. F with treatment in the hopes of relieving his pain. Due to the fact that the TTD has been reduced, Dr. V placed the man on “no-work” status so he did not lose the original amount of compensation for being unable to work due to his injuries. PPD ratings were also assessed which will be due and payable in the future.

Given the nature of Mr. F’s injuries and the residual problems which resulted from performing his job and will continue for years into the future, it is evident that his employer and insurer are responsible for compensating the man. As a result from the aforementioned circumstances, we have demanded a settlement in the amount of “X” and are awaiting a favorable settlement of our client’s case.

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Jodi Ginsberg

Attorney Jodi Ginsberg represents employees who are injured on the job and who need medical care and missed wage benefits available under Georgia's workers' compensation laws.


  1. Janet Driggers says

    My name is Janet Driggers. My husband, Paul, was burned with chemical acid
    August of 2009. He was sent to the burn unit in Augusta, Ga. He had a 3rd degree burn almost to the bone. The nerves and muscles are gone in that area. He had to have a skin graft. He did therapy. Was out of work for about 3 months. His knee getting hurting and getting weak. His job is maintenance on all of the county government buildings. He has to climb 24′ ladders and on roofs of the buildings and lay on the floor to do the plumbing also. He would fall at work because his leg was weak. This went on for about a year. Still working with no restrictions per the doctor. He fell one day and could not get up without help so they sent him to the doctor. The doctor did surgery on his knee last December. He did therapy again. Sent back to work with no restrictions. Still climbing ladders and doing plumbing. His pain is still everyday and night. He takes meds at night but does not help. Is there anything that can be done about this. The last time he went to the doctor on 21st of June because he was in a lot of pain, the doctor sent a request for some typed of shot and we still have not heard from workers comp. The doctor sent a letter to workers comp saying the more and longer he worked climbing ladders was only going to make it worse. We just do not know what to do at this point.

  2. Janet, this is a situation where you should seek advice from an experienced workers’ compensation lawyer. It sounds like your husband is not really able to perform full duty work and at some point the employer will try to terminate him.

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