Unfortunately, a Plaintiff cannot appeal and have a new trial. You can file a petition for reconsideration and/or a petition to set aside the judgement based on new facts or that the judge's decision was based on wrong facts or law. A good self help web site is http://www.courts.ca.gov/1072.htm.
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Tough to answer with the information given. You need to consult with an attorney right away. Generally, you need to file a claim with the workers' compensation appeals board within one year. However, there are a number of exceptions that only an attorney can answer after looking at the specific facts of your case. Good Luck.
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Just tell the adjuster you offer was for "new money" and you are not in agreement to deduct the 5K from your 20K offer. Clearly there was a misunderstanding and the worker's compensation judge will not force you to settle for the 20k if you do not now want to accept the settlement. Generally we do deduct for the PD previously advanced, but the offer should have said so. My question to you is how did you value your claim? Do you have medical insurance to pay for future Medical costs? What...
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