FAQs on Georgia Workers’ Compensation Mediation: What is My Role as an Employee?
On its website, sbwc.georgia.gov, the Georgia State Board of Workers’ Compensation answers frequently asked questions about mediating workers’ compensation cases. Here are a few of the Board’s questions and answers. This blog article provides basic information concerning the Georgia Workers' Compensation mediation process. It is not to be construed as legal advice and should you have any questions, contact one of our attorneys.
As an employee, what is my role during mediation of my workers’ compensation case?
There are certain expectations of you as the employee party to a workers’ compensation case in mediation. You are expected to attend the mediation and, through your attorney, negotiate regarding your case in good faith. You are also expected to share the information necessary for you to potentially resolve your case and not hold back truly important or relevant information that might be standing in the way of an agreement. Remember, the same expectations apply to the other parties in your claim.
How long will my mediation take?
The duration of a mediation will depend on your particular case. The number of issues that need to be resolved, the complexity of your case, the willingness of the parties to share information and negotiate, and the preparation completed beforehand will all factor into the amount of time actually spent in mediation. Sometimes, in simple cases or in cases that are quite deadlocked, mediations will last 30 minutes or less. In other cases, mediations can last all day and even carry on into another session if needed. Your mediator will give you an idea along the way of how things are going and what to expect. Your mediator will also call for breaks as needed.
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