At some point after a workplace injury, the workers’ compensation insurance company may want to talk about settlement. This can either be a one-time monetary payout or a structured settlement that provides periodic payments that will end in the future. The insurance company may also offer to provide medical benefits for a short period. Acceptance of a settlement offer ends your worker’s compensation claim
Hilley & Frieder is a team of experienced Georgia workers’ compensation attorneys who have advised and represented thousands of clients in workers’ compensation cases since 1976. We have the experience and knowledge to protect our clients’ rights and to guide them to the right decisions about settlement offers.
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The question of whether to accept a work comp settlement offer is very complex. Some settlement offers are in the best interests of injured workers, while others may deny them the workers’ compensation benefits, they deserve. Before you accept a lump-sum settlement offer, get legal advice from an experienced attorney.
Many considerations need to be addressed in your settlement. Here are some examples:
Settlement is a financial decision. You are trading your continuing right to medical care and weekly benefits for a lump sum of money. An experienced workers’ compensation attorney can help you identify all the factors to consider for your case and reach the best decision.
Our lawyer will work aggressively to get the best settlement for your case. When reviewing settlement offers, we examine all relevant issues. You may wish to settle if you have been released to work by a doctor or if you are eligible for Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits. You can still work while drawing SSD benefits. On the other hand, the insurance company cannot force you to accept a settlement offer, and it may make sense to keep your claim open. A lawyer at our firm can review your case and provide you with the guidance you need.