There are several variables to a Georgia workers’ compensation claim. First of all the employer is not obligated to settle. Settlement is optional by both parties. So having a Georgia workers’ compensation attorney help put your claim in a position where settlement is a more likely option. However, that said there are some employers who do not settle as a matter of course. Specifically speaking cases with the State of Georgia are difficult to settle due to the numerous claims and the processes that have to fall into place to get settlement authority. These cases are extremely difficult to settle.
County school districts are another employer that would rather pay out benefits over the life of the claim than attempt to settle. It does not mean you will not get the necessary medical treatment but it does mean that once you are physically able to obtain work you will want to do so.
If the employer has expressed an interest in settling your Georgia workers’ comp claim, then you will want to look at future of your claim. For example how far in the future will you continue to receive your weekly checks or income benefits? How much medical care do you need in the future? It is always good to speak with your doctor and determine how much medical care you will need moving forward. Also, is there a permanent impairment to you because of this injury? That is determined by the doctor not by you or a loved one.
All of these go into determining a value of your workers’ compensation claim. Remember there is no value for pain and suffering or past surgeries as the insurance company has already paid for these prior to settlement or should.
It is always a good idea to speak with a Georgia workers’ comp lawyer and give them the specific facts. The value of your claim could depend upon it. Attempting to settle the claim yourself can adversely affect you in ways you may not understand or foresee. The consultations are free and there is no obligation.