Is Settling My Workers’ Compensation Case the Right Choice?
Posted in Workers Compensation
Fighting a workers’ compensation case can be a long, stressful and exhausting process. It is easy to jump on the first decent offer that is promised in a settlement in order to have the whole process end sooner rather than later. However, it is crucial for you to weigh all of your options before you consider settling your workers’ compensation case. It is important to consider the benefits you could potentially receive versus what benefits are being offered, as well as the risks of choosing a settlement.
If you have any doubts about whether or not you want to accept a settlement offer on your workers’ compensation case, you need to talk to a trusted legal advisor as soon as possible. Give Cruz & Associates a call today to get all of your questions answered and to have a dedicated attorney assess your case to see if settling is the right choice for you and your family’s future. Our team of workers’ comp attorneys in Phoenix and Atlanta are here to give you all the information you need to help you decide what the right decision is when it comes to settling your workers’ compensation case.
What Happens When You Settle a Workers’ Compensation Case?
Many of our clients wonder what happens when you settle a workers’ compensation case and the answer to that depends on your specific case. While it is important to remember that each case is different from the next, below are some possible benefits and disadvantages to settling your case. Read these first to help see if agreeing to a settlement is the right choice for you.
Benefits of Settling Your Workers’ Comp Case
There are many benefits to settling a workers’ comp case, if it is the right time for you. When you agree to a settlement, you can receive a lump sum rather than weekly payments, which can help pay off any outstanding medical bills. Settling your case also takes away the stress of the uncertainty of a hearing, especially if the physical evidence to back your case may not be strong enough to win you the benefits you need in court.
When you settle your case, it also takes away the stress and time of preparing for and testifying at your court hearing. If settling your case is the right choice for you, it can provide you with great peace of mind to know that the case is finally over and dealt with.
Disadvantages of Settling Your Workers’ Comp Case
Because the terms of your settlement contract are binding, that means there is no turning back once you agree to settle your workers’ comp case. If your injury or medical condition worsens after you settle your case, there is no going back and changing the terms to get more medical coverage.
This is why we do not recommend settling your workers’ compensation case until you are completely recovered from your workplace injury, or until you reach “maximum medical improvement,” meaning your condition will not improve from that point. At this point, your doctor should be able to tell what kind of future medical care you will need as well as whether or not you will be able to go back to work at all. Both of these will be considered to ensure you get the necessary amount of benefits that you deserve from your workers’ comp case.
Contact Cruz & Associates in Atlanta or Phoenix Today
If you have further questions about whether or not you should settle your workers’ comp case, don’t hesitate to give Cruz & Associates a call. Let our team of workers’ compensation attorneys in Phoenix or Atlanta help answer all your questions regarding whether or not you should settle.
We’ll assess your situation so you can make the right choice for you and your health. We have over 30 years of experience winning workers’ compensation cases, and our team of bilingual attorneys can provide you with the information you need to make the right decision about settling your workers’ compensation case.