Settling the Case
Settlement of your Workers’ Compensation case can be a very overwhelming experience, especially when you have no experience with such an important event in your life. You may be anxious to settle, but you have no idea what amount a fair settlement amount would be. You may wonder if you will have medical issues in the future. If so, how will those medical expenses be paid? If you have been given a permanent disability rating by your doctor, how do you convert that rating into a dollar amount? If the insurance adjuster makes an offer to settle your case, how will you know if it is fair? Should you ask the advice of friends and family? Do they know what a fair settlement amount is for you? These are all issues that have to be addressed when it comes time to settle your case.
Many injured workers would prefer a lump sum settlement of their Workers’ Compensation claim to continuing weekly payment of benefits. This is a time when it is certainly best to have knowledgeable, experienced legal advice to help you make a good decision. Once a case is settled, there is no going back if you change your mind. This is why it is so important to make your decision with all of the knowledge that is available by having an experienced attorney to help you with understanding all of the issues involved, to handle the paperwork and to assure you of a settlement amount that is right for you.
The insurance adjuster may tell you that you do not need an attorney to settle your case. While this is true, why do you think that you are being told this by the adjuster? The reason is that the adjuster knows that there are better chances of paying a lower amount to settle the claim if an injured worker does not have an attorney. Remember, it is the insurance adjuster’s job to save the insurance company money by paying you the lowest amount possible to settle your claim.
The attorneys of J. Franklin Burns, P.C., can negotiate fair settlements for their clients through mediation or negotiation. If you are considering the option of claims settlement, please contact our law firm to discuss your case. The initial consultation is free of charge.
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We do not recommend settling your workers’ compensation case until your doctor agrees that you have reached maximum physical recovery from your injuries and that no further improvement in anticipated. At that time, we can meet with the workers’ compensation defense attorney and/or claims adjuster to work out a fair settlement arrangement.
Sometimes our clients desire to settle cases before their recovery is complete. Our attorneys will help you weigh the pros and cons of settling a claim. In cases involving catastrophic injuries that may require continuing medical attention, it may be to your advantage to keep your case open and continue weekly payment of benefits.
Advocating in Your Best Interest
As in all negotiations and litigation, our role is to advocate for our client. We will press hard to achieve an attractive settlement offer. In many cases, we will request that the workers’ compensation insurance company continue to pay for medical care for a certain period of time in addition to paying a lump sum of money.
From offices in suburban Atlanta, Georgia, our workers’ compensation attorneys represent clients statewide. To learn more please contact our law firm at (404) 303-7770 for a free consultation. Please do not hesitate to call. We understand that you have many questions that need answers. From offices in suburban Atlanta, Georgia, our Workers’ Compensation attorneys represent clients statewide. If you are unable to visit us in our office, we are happy to travel to meet you in your home or a place that is convenient to you.