Prescriptions to use Facebook? That May Be Next!

The Court of Appeals recently extended broad protection over communications between a patient and an associate professional counselor. In a wrongful death suit, the Court held that a “grief journal,” which was part of a treatment administered by a licensed associate professional counselor (“LAPC”), was privileged communication and not subject to production during discovery. Gwinnett Hosp. System, Inc. v. Hoover, 785 S.E.2d 918 (Ga. Ct. App. 2016). Muriel Hoover, plaintiff to the original action, filed a wrongful death claim against Gwinnett Medical Center (“GMC”) after her husband died shortly after being treated by GMC. As part of discovery, GMC requested any diaries or journals that Hoo

Workers’ Compensation Statutes of Limitation Affect All Injury Claims and Cannot Be Revived Once The

A recent Georgia Supreme Court decision, Roseburg Forest Products Co. v. Barnes, 2016 WL 3147567 (Ga. 2016), reaffirms that the statutes of limitation in workers’ compensation cases affect even catastrophic injuries and though an employee goes for remedial treatment for an injury, once the statutes of limitation have run, they cannot be revived by simply going for more treatments. On August 13, 1993, Barnes left leg was amputated in an industrial accident. He received Temporary Total Disability (TTD) benefits until January 1994 when he was fitted with a prosthetic leg and returned to light duty. In January 1994, Barnes began receiving Permanent Partial Disability (PPD) benefits. The PPD be

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