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Can workers’ comp just stop paying you checks out of nowhere? Hello, my name is Tie Wilson. I'm a Georgia Workers’ Compensation Attorney, practicing law in the state of Georgia. And our question for today is, “Can workers’ comp just stop your checks? The short answer is no.
However, there are some triggering events which can help get your check stopped. If a doctor has released you full duty, then they can stop your checks immediately at that point. And you're, at that point, able to go back to work full duty. And so the workers’ compensation checks would stop at that point.
If you are released to light duty and they serve you what is called a “Form 240”, that is a return to work form. That means that they've gone to your doctor. They've told your doctor that they have a specific job for you. They've laid out the details of that job in this form. They've sent it over to the doctor. And the doctor has signed off that you can, in fact, do that job. And they've served you with that form saying, “Please show up for work Monday morning, eight o'clock, nine o'clock…” whatever. It's all spelled out on that form to start this job that we've created on your behalf to accommodate your light duty restrictions.
If you do not show up for work, according to that notice, at that point, they can suspend your income benefits. There are other situations where they really must get a decision from the Georgia State Board Workers’ Compensation in order to suspend your income benefits. Those are the two main reasons, full duty release and a 240, and you do not show up for work. There may be other examples. This is not meant to be all inclusive, but this would give you a good guideline.
If you had your benefits suspended for anything other than that, you may want to reach out to either a Georgia Workers Compensation Attorney or keep reaching out to the adjuster. These adjusters love to set these checks up on autopay. However, they don't want to set it up to pay you for the rest of your life. So they'll send it, set it up to expire in a couple of months. And if they don't hear from you and you're not receiving checks, sometimes they just leave it alone. So it's the squeaky wheel, gets the grease. So start with your adjuster. If you need help, you can always contact George Workers Compensation Attorney. We'll see you on the next video.