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Back Injury Workmans Comp Settlement…

Submitted By: Melissa (Columbus, GA)

I’m involved in a back injury workmans comp settlement and have a question. I injured my back at my part-time job. I’d been on light duty for over 7 months until I got fired for being tardy two weeks ago.

I signed a separation notice last week when I went into the office for my last paycheck. I was told not to sign anything until I did it. I’ve suffered with a severe back spasm in my lower back. I’ve had an MRI, back x-ray, physical therapy, and weekly visits to the Doctor.

Will I be able to negotiate a settlement in Georgia for over $40,000 if I don’t have surgery, but do receive an epidural in my back? Thanks.

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Answer

Dear Melissa,

Given the facts of your question it is unclear. There are no facts to suggest that you cannot negotiate a settlement for more than $40,000, however I think what you are asking is whether this would be considered if you have not had the appropriate medical testing and treatment.

If that is the case, you need to be advised that settlements are based upon your medical bills. So if you do not have at least $10,000 in bills it is unlikely that you will receive a settlement in excess of $40,000.

The above is general information. Laws change frequently, and across jurisdictions. You should get a personalized case evaluation from a licensed attorney. Find a local attorney to give you a free case review here , or call (888) 647-2490.

Best of luck,

Published: February 7, 2011

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