Workers’ Compensation Settlements

Workers’ Compensation Settlements

Most Workers’ Compensation cases eventually result in a settlement. It is important to keep in mind that injured workers are never required to accept a settlement, and employers and their insurance companies are never required to offer a settlement. The judge does not have the ability to hear about your case to tell you whether you should settle or for how much. This is very different from a personal injury case in which you have the opportunity to have a jury hear about your case and decide the amount of your damages. The value of your case for settlement will depend on many factors, including the nature of your injury; what your doctor says about your need for future medical care; your potential entitlement to future lost wages; whether you have used your one-time change in treating doctors; and your Average Weekly Wage which determines the rate at which you are paid. Who you hire to represent you matters also. You should be very careful about accepting a settlement from an insurance company if you are not represented by an attorney. While the judge will review your settlement if you are unrepresented, the judge will not get involved in helping you negotiate a settlement.

Testimonials