Trial Notebook : Appeals – Duty to Accept ALJ’s Findings

"The ALJ is vested with the authority to make findings of fact in workers' compensation claims. The appellate division of the workers' compensation board must accept the ALJ's findings where there is a preponderance of competent and credible evidence to support the decision. The appellate division accepted the ALJ's findings…This decision cannot be served as long as there is any evidence to support it, because neither the Supreme Court nor the Appellate Court has the power to find fact." Hallisey v. Fort Howard Paper Co., 268 Ga. 57, 44 S.E.2d 653 (1997).

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