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Does a Big Settlement Mean A Better Recovery?

What is My Case Worth?

Our clients often ask us what their workers’ compensation cases are worth.  When they ask this question, what they often want to know is what they would be able to receive if they settled their cases.  This is a complex question which requires a lot of information about the specifics of a case to give a good answer because all cases are unique.  If you would like details of how that process works and some things to consider, you can check out some other articles we have written on this subject by clicking here.

Some people might try to determine what their cases are worth by searching around the internet and looking at attorney’s websites.  If you do this, you will see many websites that talk about the large settlements that attorneys have gotten in workers’ compensation cases.  These might seem a lot like the commercials for attorneys you sometimes see on television with people who have been injured who have big checks for the large settlements or verdicts in their cases.  The hope is that you will hire these attorneys because they will be able to get you a large check for your case as well.

What Should an Attorney Help You Do

The primary focus of an attorney in a workers’ compensation case should be to give you advice on what is best for you and to work hard to achieve what is best for you.  In our opinion, it is our job to ensure that our clients have the best overall recovery possible as opposed to just focusing on getting them a big check.  We believe you will often have a lot better recovery if your attorney does not just focus on getting you a large amount of money.

For instance, you might be able to get a large settlement check by settling your case before you have had surgery or some other important medical treatment.  This is usually not a good idea.  You will almost always be much better off in terms of an overall recovery from your injury if you get the medical treatment that you need before considering settlement of your workers’ compensation case.  If you have a good recovery, your settlement may be a little smaller but your good health and happiness is worth much more than any amount of money that an insurance company can ever pay you.

If you end up hiring us to represent you, there is a good chance that we will talk to you about settlement of your case at some point because it is an option that you should consider.  Also, when you want us to work on settlement of your case, we will work hard to make sure you get a good settlement. However, it is also important to understand that we do not think we would be doing you a good job if we were simply focused on getting you the biggest check we can get you.  We want you to have the best possible outcome for you and your future – and this often involves a lot of work that is about making sure you get better.  If you have any questions or would like to schedule a free consultation with us, you can do so by simply completing the “Need Help” form on the right or calling the phone number at the upper right of this page.

What if I have other questions about workers compensation?

Georgia’s workers compensation system can be very confusing.  You have to worry about getting the treatment you need and paying your bills while also worrying about not missing any deadlines that could cause you to lose your right to receive workers compensation benefits.

If you have questions, I would recommend that you try to get answers.  To find out more about how to schedule a time to talk to me about your workers compensation questions, just read this short article.

Jason Perkins is an attorney who specializes in representing injured workers.  He regularly publishes videos and write blog articles about Georgia’s workers compensation system and issues that are important to injured workers and their families.

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