My husband fell and broke his ankle and back in February, He needed surgery on his ankle and had a previous back injury anyway. He has a very physical job and it has taken him a long time to get better. He is ready to go back and his doctors are going to release him but he wants to know if he is supposed to settle on his case before going to work, he has (PPD) he will be leaving the medical piece of his case open.
Your husband should consult a local WC attorney prior to settlement any component of his claim.
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He should discuss with a local workers comp lawyer first
In most states you do not have to "settle". The insurance company will have to pay permanent disablity if applicable and then the case may just close. In some situations it is better not to "settle" so contact a local workers compensation atty for more information if needed.