Why Hire an Atlanta Workers' Comp Lawyer?
Even in a case where the insurance company and employer are doing the right
thing, there are still multiple advantages to hiring an Atlanta attorney.
Access to Knowledge & Answers
The insurance company and adjustor handle literally thousands of these
claims, have been doing so for years, and know the workers' compensation
system frontward and backward. They also have teams of insurance defense
attorneys they can call whenever they have a question. You most likely
have no knowledge or experience in these matters; without an attorney,
you have no one to whom you can ask questions.
When you hire an attorney, you have access to knowledge; and knowledge
is power. You will have an attorney to explain the law and guide you through
every step of the process. Without that type of help, you may not know
whether the insurance company is doing the right thing or telling you
everything you should know. Without a lawyer, you also will not know what
benefits are supposed to be available, so you will have no way to know
if the insurance company is following the law.
“CONTROL OF MEDICAL CARE IS EVERYTHING”
There is an old saying in buying and selling real estate that “the
three most important things are location, location, and location.”
At a seminar some years ago one of the speakers stated simply that “control
of medical care is everything, everything, everything in a workers’
compensation claim.” Like many simple statements in life, both of
these sayings are profoundly true. This comment about medical care is
the most important thing an injured worker should know about his or her
Workers’ Compensation claim.
In exchange for paying for an injured workers’ medical treatment,
in most cases the employer and its insurance company have the right to
control what doctors and healthcare providers the injured worker sees.
There are many rules about this, and the Insurance company knows them.
While there are good doctors that treat Workers’ Compensation patients,
there are also many doctors and healthcare providers that are more concerned
with getting business from the insurance company than they are with the
welfare of their patients. Everyone has heard of the “company doctor.”
This is why control of medical care is everything in a Workers’ Compensation
claim. Not only does the doctor control medical treatment; the doctor
also controls work status and whether or not the injured worker receives
weekly income benefits. Getting excellent medical care from the right
doctors requires knowing the rules, knowing who the good doctors are,
and knowing how to get treatment with the right ones.
Our Atlanta Workers’ Compensation attorney has spent over 25 years
getting to know doctors, surgeons, and other healthcare providers all
over North Georgia. He works tirelessly to make sure that our clients
get the best medical care possible, from the most credible and honest
doctors. He knows the rules about control of medical treatment inside
and out, and he knows how to work within those rules to get our clients
the treatment they deserve.
"An Ounce of Prevention Is Worth a Pound of Cure"
There is another old adage that an ounce of prevention is worth a pound
of cure; it definitely applies in
workers' compensation claims. Hiring an attorney early in a claim often prevents problems from
arising. The attorney can make sure the claim is handled as it should
be and in accord with Georgia law. Workers' compensation claims can
get complicated, especially with respect to decisions regarding medical
care, referrals, choices of doctors, switching doctors, second opinions,
etc. It is usually far easier to prevent problems from arising then it
is to solve them once they have arisen.
Also, it costs you nothing to have an attorney in a claim that is being
paid, until the case is settled or the attorney gets some benefits for
you that the insurance company was not paying already. So you get free
advice in the short run, and a larger settlement at the end of the process.
Having an attorney will always result in a larger settlement than you
will get without an attorney, for the reasons mentioned above, as well
as many other reasons. Why not have free advice all along, and a larger
settlement at the end than you could get on your own?
Guiding You Step-By-Step
There are multiple other advantages to having an attorney, including not
having to deal with the adjustor yourself and just concentrating on your
recovery, not having to worry about the unknown, having your own attorney
and counselor to talk to, having information available on the doctors
who are treating you and the type of injury you have, etc. The list of
advantages is long.
You Only Pay If We Win
With contingency fees, you only pay our firm
if we successfully recover on your behalf.
Get an Atlanta Workers' Compensation Lawyer On Your Side
If you are considering hiring a workers' comp lawyer, please do not
contact our Atlanta office for a
complimentary case evaluation. We will do everything in our power to obtain the fair settlement that
you are legally entitled to and we can offer the support you need!
Call our toll free number today at (888) 665-7699 to get started.