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Could you explain what you mean by a work authorization and from whom do you need to get it?
The way to handle this problem is to have them sign an agreement that covers the actual work that you do. Then as part of that agreement you offer them the additional services. Those services have a price attached to them. Under the terms of the agreement if you are retained to do the remediation work then you will recover the additional services as part of the insurance work with no sepate charge. If they do not use your services, they owe you the cost of the additional services. This assures you get paid for your time and they still have the option to chose someone else for the remediation. It is a less coercive approach and you will probably get all the work because the customer does not want to incur the out of pocket expense.
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Let's say you have to repair flood damage. From what you see you expect potential mold and other problems that are not visible. You tell the customer that you can verify the extent of the damage but opening selected parts of the wall, it will cost $500 to inspect and repair the wall. However, if what you find confirms your suspicions and he or his insurance company agrees to do the remedial work, in lieu of the $500 payment you will include it in the repair work that will be required. That would be the approach.
We cannot make specific recommendations of attorneys but you can find an attorney in your area on lawyers.com or findlaw.com where attorneys are listed by specialty and geographically. I am not familiar with insurance contractor retention policies in GA. However, in areas in which I do operate, the homeowner does not get full authority to select the contractor. My approach was designed to cover that eventuality.
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I do not know what you mean by being back where you started. You asked about getting an authorization for work. The approach I gave you gives you that and if you do not get the work you get paid. You can contact customer service to get a refund.