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Worker's Comp Boss Comes Home
Monday, 26 October 2009

October 26--  Toombs County native and former Vidalia attorney Rick Thompson is the newly appointed chairman of the Georgia Worker's Compensation Board.

In a visit home to address the Vidalia Rotary Club, Thompson says the Worker's Comp law is intended to help both employees and employers.

"It is important because it provides an exclusive remedy to injured workers. It provides them benefits for a limited amount of time while we get them back to work.  It also affords employers protection from costly and unnecessary lawsuits for pain and suffering damages which they might have assessed against them in a court trial," he points out.

According to Thompson, a modification to Georgia's worker's compensation laws in 1992 gives employers a more level playing field in hearings conducted by the state's Workmen's Compensation Board.

"The thinking in the business community back then was that the worker's comp law was too liberal and there was a big legislative fight.  What we have now is a system that is fair to employees and employers and affords everybody an opportunity to get a fair hearing before one of the administrative law judges throughout the state." he says.

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