P.S. I forgot to add that you should also obtain legal counsel to guide you on whether to pursue Social Security Disability benefits, either while you are pursuing workers' compensation or after you resolve your claim, as well as the impact of other benefits such as Long Term Disability (LTD) insurance on your worker's compensation claim, to name just two of several other insurance and benefit programs that could impact your workers' compensation claim. Bottom line: Don't go it alone. The Georgia workers' compensation attorneys who have responded here are experienced colleagues whom I know and respect, and this isn't our first rodeo in terms of our experience with guiding injured workers through the complex workers' compensation system.