New Board Rule 205(c) and form WC-PMT

Posted by on Aug 1, 2017 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

The State Board of Workers’ Compensation has amended its Rules to include a new Board Rule 205(c) and new form, which allows attorneys representing injured workers to petition the Board for a telephone conference call to resolve issues where the Employer/Insurer has not authorized or controverted medical treatment or testing. There are strict timelines involved with the new form, time for response, time for a Board conference call, and possible appeal.  If you are an Employer or Insurer with questions about this new procedure, contact Rob Ryan at (229) 232-4310 or...

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Posted by on Feb 28, 2017 in The Ryan Law Blog | 0 comments

It is with saddened hearts that we offer our sincerest condolences to the family of Lowndes County Sheriff’s Deputy Chris Butler, who was tragically killed in the line of duty on Saturday, February 25th.  We support all of our law enforcement officers and are thankful for their service to our communities.

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CDC Opioid Guidelines

Posted by on Feb 13, 2017 in The Ryan Law Blog | 0 comments

The Winter 2016 edition of the Workers’ Compensation Law Section Newsletter included a very informative article from SBWC Chairman Frank McKay regarding the nationwide opioid overdose problem and its impact in Georgia workers’ compensation settings.  The problem is very real and has a significant impact in Georgia, both in terms of financial cost and more importantly the human toll on individuals and their families from inappropriate prescribing and use of these substances.  Chairman McKay’s article relies on evidence and information from the CDC and from the National Prescription Drug Abuse and Heroin Summit held in Atlanta.  It is evident that the SBWC is going to be looking for ways to ensure that these powerful medications are used appropriately and to curb abuse. The CDC has published guidelines for prescribing opioids for chronic pain.  A link can be found here: For more information about this topic, please contact Rob Ryan at

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State Board of Workers’ Compensation Regional Seminars

Posted by on Jan 23, 2017 in The Ryan Law Blog | 0 comments

The State Board of Workers’ Compensation has released the schedule for its Regional Educational Seminars (a/k/a the Traveling Road Show) for 2017.  Seminars are scheduled in Macon, Augusta, Rome, Savannah, and Lawrenceville. These annual seminars are a tremendous resource for all those who are involved in our Workers’ Compensation system.  In addition to quality speakers and timely topics, several members and ALJs from the Board are typically present.  It is a great opportunity to learn and network! A link to the schedule posted on the SBWC website can be found here:

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