Can Workers’ Compensation Force Me into a Settlement of my Benefits?
Settlement is Voluntary
No one cannot force you to settle your case – not your attorney, the workers’ compensation insurer or the employer. Most workers’ compensation cases settle before going to a hearing but there is no requirement to settle. In fact, settlement is a voluntary process where all parties have to agree to a settlement. If a settlement is reached, a judge will need to approve the settlement before it is final.
Deciding to Settle
There are a variety of reasons why injured workers settle their workers’ compensation case. Some reasons include:
- Possibility of losing at hearing;
- Tired of fighting workers’ compensation;
- Maximize their settlement recovery;
- Ability to choose medical treatment on their own without workers comp approval;
When deciding to settle you must contemplate all the benefits that you may likely recover if the benefits are left open. Take a look at my previous article for what benefits are available to you under the law – workers’ compensation benefits.
Don’t be Bullied
You should never be bullied into settlement. The injured worker always retains the right to take their case to court. As I always tell people, be empowered and educated. Know your rights which includes your right to refuse to settle. Settlement can mean an end to your workers’ compensation benefits now and in the future. A settlement can also affect other benefits such as long-term disability or social security disability benefits. Settlement should never be taken lightly.
Contact the Law Office of Thomas Mottaz
If you are considering settling your workers’ compensation case, contact us and we would be happy to evaluate your case. We will give you an honest and ethical evaluation to assist you in reaching the best result. Contact the Minnesota workers’ compensation attorneys, The Law Office of Thomas Mottaz today for a free no hassle consultation.
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