Shouldn’t My Claim Value Be Worth More in Georgia?

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Claim Value Worth in Georgia

Workers’ Compensation Claim value is a common topic for workers’ compensation claimants.  People are often surprised when I give them an estimation as to what their workers compensation claim settlement value in Georgia.  Typically, I hear that people are frustrated because there is no element of pain and suffering for their settlement.  Unfortunately, work injuries in Georgia are not compensated as personal injuries would be.  Specifically, settlement is voluntary, meaning no one ever has to settle a case and that includes the insurance company.  There are a few employers/insurers that will not settle cases at all.  But if they do, it has to be an agreement between the parties.  We cannot go to a judge and ask for a settlement and there are no juries that award money.

Personal Injury vs Workers’ Compensation Claim Values

Personal injury settlements can be much higher as there are sometimes loss of consortium or pain and suffering claims, neither of which apply in Georgia workers compensation claims.  Three things go into what makes up a workers compensation settlement.

  • A permanent impairment rating assigned by the Authorized Treating Physician. This is pursuant to the AMA Guides and calculated with a formula based on your compensation rate.
  • An amount assigned for closure of medical care costs. These are somewhat arbitrary and negotiable.  If there is no surgery recommended, you may get anywhere from $3,500 to $7,500.
  • Evaluation for future income benefits claimants off work.  For example, doctor agreed work restrictions when the employer can’t handle those restrictions.  If you are released to regular duty work, then your claim is not going to have as much value.  Also, if you are put on work restrictions, it will drive higher settlement value.  This is the key piece of claim value.

Workers’ Compensation Claim Values and Settlement Amounts

Typically, case valuation and settlement amounts depend on whether there is a reasonable defense attorney or adjuster on the file.  I have been valuing cases for well over 15 years and have a very good idea of what an insurance will pay.  Never consider settlement of your case without speaking to an attorney.  You will receive a lower claim settlement without an attorney because the other side knows you don’t have case valuation experience. Finally, this is a post containing a list of reasons why it’s best to work with a workers’ compensation attorney.

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I got injured at work. Trying to deal with the insurance company became overwhelming mainly because I needed surgery and they would not respond to my calls or emails. I researched local attorneys and decided to choose Gearhart Law Group mainly because it was smaller, I liked the information I read and I felt I might get more individual attention. It turned out to be the best decision I have made in a long, long time. Beth Gearhart made me feel as though I were her only client. She responded to my emails immediately, every time. She explained the whole process from the beginning and everything unfolded exactly as she explained it would. The process took time but I received the surgery I needed and in the end was very surprised by the large financial settlement I received due to Ms. Gearhart’s expertise. I highly recommend Gearhart Law Group.

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I got injured at work. Trying to deal with the insurance company became overwhelming mainly because I needed surgery and they would not respond to my calls or emails. I researched local attorneys and decided to choose Gearhart Law Group mainly because it was smaller, I liked the information I read and I felt I might get more individual attention. It turned out to be the best decision I have made in a long, long time. Beth Gearhart made me feel as though I were her only client. She responded to my emails immediately, every time. She explained the whole process from the beginning and everything unfolded exactly as she explained it would. The process took time but I received the surgery I needed and in the end was very surprised by the large financial settlement I received due to Ms. Gearhart’s expertise. I highly recommend Gearhart Law Group.

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From the moment I called Beth, I knew I had made the right decision. She returned my initial phone call very promptly and was sensitive to my case and situation. I had an injury in Georgia, but live in New York so the case was complicated and unique. I found her to be extremely knowledgeable about Georgia Workers Compensation laws which is what I needed assistance with. I would highly recommend Beth to anyone needed a Workers Compensation Lawyer.

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From the moment I called Beth, I knew I had made the right decision. She returned my initial phone call very promptly and was sensitive to my case and situation. I had an injury in Georgia, but live in New York so the case was complicated and unique. I found her to be extremely knowledgeable about Georgia Workers Compensation laws which is what I needed assistance with. I would highly recommend Beth to anyone needed a Workers Compensation Lawyer.
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