How Long Does It Take A Workers’ Compensation Case To Settle?

How Long Does It Take A Workers’ Compensation Case To Settle?


Hello there. My name’s Jason Perkins. I’m a Georgia attorney who specializes in
helping injured workers and their family in workers’ compensation claims. One of the questions that people have a lot
about their workers’ compensation case is about settlement. One of the questions I get asked is how long
is it going to take my case to settle? So I’m going to talk a little bit about that
today. The simple answer to that question is there’s
no specific length of time that it takes a case to settle. You can potentially settle your case the day
after it happens or a week or a month afterward, but I wouldn’t recommend that. Settlement is a decision that you need to
make after knowing as much information as possible as you can about your case because
when you’re settling your case you’re giving up your right to any future workers’ compensation
benefits that you may receive. Generally settlement settles your entire workers’
compensation case. It’s over with and you can’t come back after
your settlement’s approved and ask the insurance company to pay you money for things. There are exceptions to that where an insurance
company will settle a case and agree to keep paying for medical treatment or some other
benefits after settlement but those exceptions are pretty rare. So for the most part, when you’re going to
settle your case you really need to have a good idea of what the future’s going to hold
for you. Most of the time you’re not going to have
that idea right after your injury happens. Right after your injury happens you don’t
know whether you have an injury that’s going to last you for a few days or whether you’re
going to have an injury that’s going to affect you for the rest of your life. That can make a big difference as far as what
you would need to be willing to accept to settle your case. That’s another thing that people often have
a confusion about with regard to settlement. Many people think they’re entitled to settlement. That settlement is not necessarily something
you’re entitled to. It’s also not something that you can force
your employer or the workers’ compensation insurance company to do. What settlement is an agreement to sell your
case to the insurance company. The insurance company’s going to buy your
case and the potential future benefits they may owe you from you, and in exchange they’re
going to pay you a lump sum amount of money. In order to pay a good decision about what
you should settle your case for you really need to know what’s likely to happen to you
in the future. And because of that it can be months or even
years before you’re really in a position to consider settlement of your case. I have clients I represent that don’t settle
their case for more than 10 years and some people never settle their cases. Now, I hope this information from this video
today has been helpful to you. If you have, please let me know by giving
this video a thumbs up on YouTube. If you’ve got any questions about settlement
or any other issue in a Georgia workers’ compensation case I’d be happy to talk to you. Usually the best way for people to do that
is to set up a free consultation with me. You can do that either by reaching out to
me through our website, perkinslawtalk.com. There’s a form there where you can complete
it and contact me to schedule a free consultation, or you can just give me a call. Our phone number is 770-214-8885. Thanks for watching today and best of luck
to you as you recover from your injury.

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