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Timing of Settlement in a Georgia Workers’ Compensation Case?

Our first two blogs post in this series on settlement of your Georgia Workers’ Compensation case discussed what settlement is and some factors that you should consider when deciding what amount to accept in settlement, if you decide to settle your case.  This blog post will discuss when it is a good time to consider settlement (and when it is not a good time) because the timing of settlement is important.

Do I Have To Settle?

It is important to remember that settlement is voluntary.  You are never required to settle your workers’ compensation case.  Even if you eventually decide to settle your case, you do not have to settle it now, next week, or next month.

What Factors Should I Consider To Decide Whether Now Is a Good Time To Settle My Case?

One factor that is important to consider is how accurately you can predict how your injury will affect you in the future.  Settlement of a Georgia workers’ compensation case is mostly about how your injury will affect you in the future.  Nothing prevents an injured worker from settling his or her case the week after getting hurt at work, but it would not be smart to do so.

At this point, you would not be able to accurately predict what sort of medical treatment you are going to need.  You also would not know how long you will be out of work.  Because of that, you might end up settling for a lot less than you should.

Wait Until You Have A Good Understanding of Your Injury

A good time to consider settlement of your case is when you have a good understanding of how your injury will affect you in the future.  You might know this just a few months after your injury at work. However, in most cases involving serious work injuries, it takes much longer to get a good understanding.

If your work injury is one where the treating doctor recommends surgery, you will almost always want to wait until after you have had the surgery before considering settlement.  Before you have the surgery, you just will not have as good an understanding of any permanent effects that the work injury will have on you.

Settlement Is Final

There are many factors to consider in deciding if it is a good time to settle your case.  The most important thing to remember is that you only get one shot.  You cannot come back after settlement and ask for more money because you are unable to work or have additional medical bills.  Because of this, you need to make sure you are fully compensated for how your injury will affect you in the future if and when you settle.  If you have questions about whether it might be a good time to settle or any other questions about your case, please call the phone number or complete the “Need Help” form at the right for a free consultation with one of our attorneys who specialize in Georgia Workers’ Compensation cases.

In our next blog post, we will discuss other factors that can affect settlement including long term disability benefits, Social Security Disability benefits, and Medicare.

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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Brittney-lee orourkeBrittney-lee orourke
05:23 18 Feb 22
Amazing! Jason and his team were very helpful and had the best communication by far. Walked me though every step with great detail and had answers for any question I had. They handled my case better then I could imagine, it was a weird case and they stayed on top of it and kept me updated every step of the way! Highly recommend this Team! Thanks so much to Jason and his Awesome team!-Brittney
China JonesChina Jones
18:58 08 Feb 22
I absolutely love this group of attorneys, when I was at my lowest they did everything they could to help me get justice for my injury. I believe if I were to have never picked my phone up and called the amazing group that helped me I definitely would not have received my idea of rights. If you have an issue and are just not sure please understand that they will help you, stay in contact, answer any question you have, and for sure get you the justice you deserve I thank them from the bottom of my heart and I will definitely refer them to anyone who has been hurt because they most definitely care about their work and clients.
Luv LocsLuv Locs
16:08 15 Jan 22
The entire law office was attentive and responsive to all of my concerns dealing with my workers compensation case.
21:14 02 Jan 22
If you must get a lawyer involved, you’d do well to work with Jason Perkins and his team at Perkins Studdard Law.They were thorough in gathering information and in sharing all the steps in the workers comp process specific to my case. Jason and the team were responsive to my bevy of questions and concerns.I appreciated the informative videos and consultations provided by Jason over video meetings and multiple phone calls.I hope I’m never injured on the job again. However, if I am and if my employer responds as my previous employer did, I’ll contact Perkins Studdard Law immediately to handle the case.
Dana BessDana Bess
23:57 10 Dec 21
Everyone at Perkins Studdard was kind and professional. They were always extremely responsive and answered all questions that I had and followed up to make sure I had an understanding of what was going on along with emailing videos to explain every step of my case so I would know what to expect and be prepared. Jason is a very genuine person and I trusted him with my case. He answered so many questions for me even before I retained him as my WC lawyer. I highly recommend him and his associates at Perkins Studdard.

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