Friday, August 5, 2016

Electronic signature option now available

More often than not, when people contact our office about representing them, time is of the essence.  Unfortunately, before we can begin working for a client, we are required to have a written fee agreement.  We will also want a signed medical authorization so we can obtain records.  Delays in getting these documents signed and back to our office were frustrating for our new clients and for our office.  We want to help people as soon as possible!

We are pleased to announce that we have implemented new technology that allows us to email the needed documents to a new client, who can then immediately "sign" the documents electronically using either a computer or smartphone.  The signed documents are then automatically sent back to our office and a fully executed version is then automatically sent back to the client.  These are legally binding signatures, just as if the client drove to our office and signed in person but they don't have to fight traffic or get a babysitter!

The entire process takes only a few minutes.  The client does not have to come to our office, does not have to wait on the mail, does not have to find a fax machine or anything else.  It is a major convenience that allows us to being working for clients as soon as possible.

New clients are always welcome to come to our office for an in-person consultation if they like.  But in most instances, a short phone call is all that is needed to get started.  This new technology allows us to literally begin working on a claim within minutes of completing an initial phone consultation with a new client.  We are very excited about this, and we hope you will be as well!

Thursday, July 7, 2016

Georgia increases WC benefit levels

Higher income benefit levels went into effect on July 1, 2016.  For injuries occurring after that date, the maximum TTD rate is $575.00 per week and the maximum TPD rate is $383.00 per week.

Benefit levels are "fixed" as of the law that exists on your date of accident.  So, if your accident occurred before July 1, 2016, these maximum rates do not apply for your claim.  Georgia does not provide for any periodic increases in income benefits for cost of living or other factors.