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.
Get an Atlanta Workers' Compensation Lawyer On Your Side
If you are considering hiring a workers' comp lawyer, please do not hesitate to 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!
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