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Judge's Delay in Issuing Decision Results in Worker's Loss of Appeal

Thursday, August 10, 2017 | 471 | 0 | 0 min read

The Georgia Court of Appeals this week determined that a trial judge’s delay in issuing a decision on review of a State Board of Workers’ Compensation decision deprived him of jurisdiction to reverse the ruling. Under Georgia law, a judge has 20 days to issue a decision on review of a board ruling. The court said Judge Timothy Hamil’s order of reversal came 10 days too late. Hamil had presided over a dispute between Hansel Gonzalez and Kool Smiles, a national provider of dental care for children and families, last summer. The dispute arose out of Gonzalez’s on-t...

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