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Too Good To Be True?

“If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.” You’ve heard that old saying. And you probably know, like I do, that it is a wise old saying.

I think some lawyer advertising in Georgia, especially some you see on television in personal injury and workers’ compensation claims, creates an unjustified expectation about results the lawyer can achieve. You know the ones, where the person is standing in front of a picture of a horribly wrecked car; the person looks great; and she says “This is my car. Lawyer X got me $250,000.00.” and over to the side in small type it comes on the screen ─ just for a second ─ “Fatal injuries.” We aren’t meant to pay attention to that quick disclaimer. The advertisement wants us to see someone who looks great AND got a wallet full of money.

Folks, it just doesn’t work that way, and it shouldn’t.

Almost everyone who comes to see me about representing them in an injury claim tells me that they don’t want anything they don’t deserve. I respect that, and I tell them they will be lucky to get what they do deserve. Contrary to what we hear on TV, juries are not routinely awarding outrageous verdicts to plaintiffs. And insurance companies sure aren’t in the business of giving away money. So whether your personal injury case is settled or taken to trial, recovering what you are entitled to will take a lot of hard work on the part of a lawyer who knows you and your case (See my blog entry “How Much Is Your Personal Injury Case Worth?” to get an idea of all that is involved in valuing your case). Every case is different and must be assessed on its merits.

Hiring the right lawyer from the get go is so important. Considering the lawyer’s advertisements is fine and may be helpful, but you should not make a hiring decision based on that alone. Before you hire a lawyer, talk to her. I tell people when they come in to have their free consultation with me that I don’t assume because they are there that they have decided to hire me, and I haven’t decided until we’ve talked whether I think their case is one I think I can help them with. In my next article in this series, I will talk about what can happen with your case if you do not hire a good lawyer.

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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