Does anyone know of a posted guideline to a settlement offer, and what is ok and what should be considered before taking any settlement. It is probably not the first time someone has said this in Ga. I am so far behind on my bills having gone out of work on 7/04/08 and just now being referred to another Dr for surgery on my neck. Having been a waitress and accustomed to making around 400 to 600 per week, including my hourly wage, I am now receiving 104.
This has put us in such a financial bind. Is there a way, since I was not allowed through our payroll system to report additional tips, ( i did report some on my tax return last year) to get a larger weekly check? Also can this be retro if I can argue that I made more than than they are using to calculate. Does an attorney have to do this? or will he?
I am also wondering what kind of settlement figure would be appropriate for a disc , where the surgeon has told me that it is at least a 27% perm disability, with or without surgery. They have yet to determine anything regarding my shoulder. One Dr says one thing , the PT guy says another, and neither can come to a determination of what to do to get me out of pain.
The shoulder will not be looked at again until after I have this neck surgery. The pain has changed my life and I understand that there is no compensation for that in Ga. and you cant sue anyone.
I have been released to go to light duty, none available where I work, and no Dr will sign off on their work related duties, as they all require more than I can do. I am wanting to go back to work and say to hell with it all, but I cant.
Should I contact an attorney, or just wait on them and see what happens?