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After you settle with the Employer or Insurance company, your claim is probably closed FOREVER!
As I have stressed throughout this book, your Employer and the Insurance company typically do NOT have YOUR best interest at heart. Employers and Insurance companies look for ways to minimize and deny claims,” said Marietta Workers’ Comp Attorney Ramiro Rodriguez, Jr.
They never want to pay more money than they absolutely have to. It is up to YOU to look after your interests and make sure you receive full and fair compensation for your injuries.
If an Employer or Insurance company has agreed to pay your claim, that does NOT mean they are going to pay you what your claim is worth, without a fight! And, if they are pushing or encouraging you to go ahead and “settle” your claim, do not accept what they are offering you without being absolutely sure you are receiving the full amount of benefits you deserve for the injuries you have suffered.
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In most instances, once you settle your claim with the Employer or Insurance company, that is it – the end of the story. You will not get a second bite at the apple if your condition worsens if you need more medical treatment, or if you find out that you are not able to hold down a similar job or earn the kind of wages you did before you became injured. In most cases, a settlement agreement closes your case FOREVER. For this reason, I strongly urge you NOT to settle your Workers’ Compensation claim without having an experienced lawyer review your case.
Consideration of settlement will often arise once you have reached Maximum Medical Improvement (MMI).
That is the point where your doctor has released you from his or her care and says that you are as good as you are going to get. If settlement money is more valuable to you than the medical treatment is to you, then you may want to think about settling your case before you reach MMI. That is a good idea in some cases for some people, but it comes with risks. This is a decision that an experienced lawyer can help you with.
When you evaluate whether to settle your claim and for how much, you must consider all of the benefits available to you under the Georgia Workers’ Compensation act and for how long they are available.
Learn more about: What Does the Georgia Workers’ Compensation Act Cover?
And please be aware that the Workers’ Compensation Law, Rules and Regulations are subject to change on July 1st of each year.
This is an excerpt of the book “11 Secrets to Winning Your Workers’ Compensation Claim.” This book will answer many of these questions and give you the knowledge you need. Get your free copy now.