Workers’ Comp Settlement Attorney Serving Orange County, FL
SHOULD I SETTLE MY WORKERS’ COMP CASE?
Many workers’ comp claims in Florida eventually reach a settlement. The decision to settle is purely voluntary, meaning a judge can’t force an insurer to pay you, nor can they force you to accept an offer.
As you consider settling your case, you should take several things into consideration, including your current medical condition and prognosis, work status, and financial situation.
- Is your medical condition stable? What is the likelihood that your injury or illness could get worse?
- Have you been properly compensated for time missed from work?
- Does the settlement cover all of your injury-related expenses, including future care?
- Does the settlement factor in loss of potential earnings if you can’t return to work in the same field or not at all?
- Has your claim been denied? Are you confident you would win in court?
A general rule is that you shouldn’t agree to a settlement until your doctor says you’ve reached maximum medical improvement, or the stage at which you’ve completed all medical treatment and your condition is “as good as it’s going to get.” Settling before you know the full extent of your injuries and the impact it will have on your future is a risk that you might not want to take.