You may not need a Georgia workers’ compensation attorney. That is right, you may not need one. So when would an injured worker not need a workers’ compensation attorney. If you have a minor injury have returned to work in less than seven days and are getting the medical care you need you do not need a workers’ compensation attorney.
If on the other hand you have a serious injury and will miss several months of work, you likely need a Georgia workers’ compensation attorney to protect you from things you will not know you need protection from.
What do you know about the doctor you are treating with? If you do not know anything about them and the insurance company sent you to this doctor, you can bet they know something about him/her. You can bet they probably can pick up the phone and speak with him/her or someone on his staff about your claim. While you can not control this communication, you can try to get to a doctor who has your interest at hand and not the insurance company.
Fighting with the insurance company can often lead to litigation and/or the filing of a hearing. Attempting to represent yourself at a hearing can be accomplished but so can removing your own appendix. No one would recommend removing your own appendix however you may get lucky and be successful. It certainly reduces your odds of success.
A Georgia workers’ compensation attorney will provide you the needed education on the Georgia workers’ compensation system and what you may or may not be entitled too and what potholes to look out for along the way. A Georgia workers’ compensation attorney is your guide through a system that is deceiving complex with details turning on specific facts.
While most of my client’s did not want to retain a Georgia workers’ compensation attorney they retained my office out being frustrated with the insurance company and or opposing attorney who was disrespectful, talked down to them and refused to listen. I understand not wanting to have to go to the trouble of hiring an attorney, however this is your life and it affects you and your family and nothing could be more important.
Workers’ compensation attorneys typically provide for free consultations where you can ask what you want to educate yourself on and ask how the attorney may handle your claim. Get a comfort level with an attorney and seek the help you need. Remember, the employer/insurance company have attorneys fighting on their behalf, why would you not be as important as them.
Be informed. Be aware. Be prepared.
Ty Wilson is a Georgia workers compensation attorney, with offices in Savannah and Atlanta, who provides free information to the injured and the families of the injured. Visit tywilsonlaw.com to order his FREE Georgia workers compensation “Special Reports” and to read his many articles and to watch his videos.
If you have specific questions for a workers compensation attorney in Georgia, give Ty at call 912-508-4711 in Savannah or 770-948-5454 in Atlanta.