Answers To Your Workers' Comp & Personal Injury Frequently Asked Questions

Doubt, uncertainty, and confusion can quickly cause painful situations to escalate into catastrophic traumas. Personal experience has taught us that when an accident victim allows his concerns to overwhelm his determination for justice, he neither gets relief nor justice. This is why we feel that getting answers to your injury questions are extremely important not only to relieve stress, but also to build a stronger injury claim. Allow us to address your concerns and come see for yourself how a simple answer can make a difference.

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  • How long will my case take?

    One question often asked by accident and injury victims concerns how long a case will take. Accident victims may be in the midst of lengthy medical treatment and unable to work, leaving them exhausted both physically and financially. This can make them hesitant to take on a long legal battle. While the experienced lawyers at Rechtman & Spevak understand that frustration, it can be difficult to pinpoint exactly how long a case will take to resolve. Every legal case is unique, and each lawsuit will depend on dozens of factors. Cases can be resolved in as little as a few months, or they may take much longer to conclude.

    Factors That Affect the Length of a Lawsuit in Georgia

    Legal cases are dependent on many factors working in combination. Some things to consider when trying to estimate how long a lawsuit may take include:

    • Severity and nature of the injuries. More severe injuries typically result in more complicated cases. Some injuries develop into further health problems. It may be beneficial for the victim to wait until the full extent of the injury can be determined before agreeing to a settlement.
    • Conditions of the accident. How and why did the accident occur? If fault is clear, the case will likely move quickly. If there is a dispute determining who is at fault, or there are multiple parties involved, the case may take longer.
    • Parties involved. Some parties are more likely than others to dispute responsibility for the accident or injury. Large corporations and insurance companies may be less likely to offer a fair settlement quickly. They may refuse to offer a settlement at all.
    • The failure of pre-trial negotiations. If the parties involved cannot reach an agreement suitable to both sides, the case may have to go to court. This will extend the lawsuit, as it will then also be at the mercy of the court’s schedule.

    Talk To A Lawyer Today

    While it is difficult to say just how long any case will take, a skilled injury attorney can examine the details of your case and offer a more educated estimate. If you’ve been hurt in an accident, the knowledgeable attorneys at Rechtman & Spevak can help you learn more about your rights and understand what to expect moving forward. Chat live with a member of our team today to get started.

  • Why should I hire Rechtman & Spevak as opposed to any other firm for my injury claim?

    There are two main reasons why you should choose Rechtman & Spevak.  First, the attorneys have over 50 years combined experience handling workers’ compensation and personal injury claims.  This experience allows us to provide you the best possible representation, and will result in you getting the maximum financial recovery on your claim.  Secondly, the personal attention that you will receive from your attorney is greater than you would receive from most firms that you see advertising on television.  Your attorney will personally meet with you at your initial consultation, which is not what typically happens when you hire an injury attorney.  Many firms will have you meet with an investigator or intake specialist, as opposed to the attorney that will actually be handling your case.  In addition, the customer service experience that you will receive after hiring us will be second to none.  We will make sure that you are well informed and comfortable throughout the pendency of your case.

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  • Do I need to see a doctor after an accident?

    Many people are reluctant to seek medical help after an accident or injury. They may think a doctor visit is unnecessary because they feel fine, they aren’t sure where to go, they are worried about the cost, or for any number of other reasons. However, if you’ve been involved in an accident, it is very important to have your health evaluated by a physician. Seeing a doctor will strengthen any lawsuit you may wish to bring in the future, and, more importantly, promote recovery and ensure your continued well-being.

    Protect Your Health Even If You Feel You Have No Symptoms

    Often, accident victims downplay the severity of the symptoms and injuries. Even if you feel like your injuries are minor or non-existent, visit a medical provider to get checked out. This visit is important because:

    • Doctors are trained to recognize symptoms patients easily overlook. Medical professionals can identify signs of health problems that a victim may not even think are related to the accident. They are trained to recognize concussions, soft tissue injuries, internal injuries, and more.
    • The body may still be on a “high” after an accident. An accident can be a high energy time for the body. Typically, the body’s response to the high stress situation is to release endorphins. Accident victims will experience a rush of endorphins that evoke extra energy and block the feelings of pain. Once this feeling subsides, which can take time, the true nature of any injuries will be revealed.
    • Minor injuries can develop into more significant health concerns. In rare circumstances, a seemingly minor injury can progress into a much more serious health problem. If the problem can be addressed early, accident victims may be able to avoid future suffering. Additionally, if the future issue cannot be avoided, the insurance company will have documentation that the problem is related to the accident.

    The Legal Effects of Seeking Medical Treatment

    In addition to addressing important health concerns, seeking medical treatment helps to add credibility to a personal injury lawsuit or workers’ compensation case related to the accident or injury. Today, insurance companies gather as much information as possible. They calculate what they think is an appropriate settlement offer based upon a number of factors, including how quickly a victim saw a doctor. If the victim sought medical treatment within 72 hours of the accident, this adds significant value to the claim.

    Additionally, those involved in workers’ compensation claims need documentation from a doctor to prove the injury has negatively impacted their health and their ability to work.

    Where To Seek Medical Help in Georgia

    For some people, doctor’s visits are rare. Many victims don’t seek treatment because they simply aren’t sure how or their employer is preventing proper medical treatment. If you are concerned about finding the right treatment, try:

    • Calling your family physician. Most general practitioners can easily see a patient before the 72 hours are up. If your doctor is particularly busy, explain the situation to the office staff. They will work with you to find a good time or set you up with a partner in the practice.
    • Visiting an urgent care facility or emergency room. These are set up to see patients short on time or for injuries that need immediate attention.

    Hospital emergency rooms are obligated to evaluate everyone who comes to them for help following an accident, regardless of whether they have insurance or the ability to pay. If you or someone you love has suffered injuries in an accident, the experienced lawyers at Rechtman & Spevak may be able to help. Call our Atlanta office today at 888-522-7798 to schedule a free, no-obligation consultation.