With some exceptions, the participants at a workers’ compensation hearing in Georgia will include:
- An administrative jaw judge;
- The injured worker and his or her attorney; and
- A representative from the Employer and/or its workers’ compensation insurance company and their attorney.
In addition, one or both parties is likely to bring witnesses to testify on their behalf. Medical experts are permitted to testify at workers’ compensation hearings; however, in most workers’ compensation cases in Georgia, the parties simply submit expert medical opinions into evidence in the form of medical records.
One participant (or group of participants) that you won’t see at a Georgia workers’ compensation hearing is a jury. In Georgia, the administrative law judge makes both findings of fact and rulings of law.