Ty Wilson Law Podcast
Ty Wilson Law Podcast
#152 Georgia Workers' Compensation Lawyer - What is a Diligent Job Search?

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So what is diligent job search? Hello, my name is Ty Wilson. I'm a Georgia Workers’ Compensation Attorney practicing law in the state of Georgia. And our video topic for today is, “What is a diligent job search?” “How many jobs do I have to look for?” I get this question all the time when we talk about a diligent job search. 

Well, the Georgia legislature has intentionally provided diligent job search as a vague term. And ultimately the decision of if you've made a diligent job search or not is going to be up to the administrative law judge. If you're in a hearing, and that would be based on, if the employer has determined or filed a hearing saying that they don't believe you made a diligent job search. 

So when do you need to search for work? Well, if you've been released to light duty and your employer cannot accommodate your light duty restrictions and they've started paying you income benefits. You can't sit down and just enjoy those income benefits. You need to be doing what is called a “Diligent Job Search”. So that means you need to be making every effort you can within your medical restrictions to find employment. 

And you should keep what is called a “Job Log”. We have one we can provide you free of charge with no obligation. However, you want to get the details of the information: “When did you apply for the job? Did you get an interview for the job? Did you do it online? Did you do it in person?” And you want to get as many as you possibly can. 

You want to prove and you don't want to leave it up to a judge to say, “Don't think you've made a diligent job search”. You want that judge to see your list of all the people you've applied for work with and say, “Wow, they've done their job. They've worked hard to try to find a job. And they just haven't been able to find one because of their medical restrictions.” Hope that information is helpful and we'll see you on the next video. 

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