Been out of work for months. Recently had an MRI that showed a herniated disk compressing my nerves. I always here about people getting settlements . I have a lawyer but he does not communicate much. How do you go about the settlement process? If i go back to work on restrictions is there still a settlement?
You are entitled to a settlement. If you need surgery, you should undergo the surgery first. If you continue to have permanent restrictions after the surgery, you may be eligible for vocational rehabilitation or a wage differential. If you can't communicate with your attorney, you need to find another attorney. Goog luck.
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In Wisconsin,s ettlements usually take place only after treatment has ended, permanent restrictions are decided, and return to work questions are addressed.
Settlement may well need to wait pending firther treatment.
Your lawyer should be communicating. Call him and ask questions. If he will nor respond, then I would call a different lawyer.
I know it seems like it takes forever, but workers comp claims do take time. Best of luck!
Personal Injury Lawyer
You can ask the board for a section 32 settlement conference. You will need the doctor's opinion about permanency, and reaching maximum medical improvement.
Your attorney will ask for a fee, which you must agree to. The board sets the fee; if you do not agree, the board may not grant it. If it is set, you have a right of appeal.
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Workers' Compensation Lawyer
In New York you will first have to litigate your permanent rating before you should enter into a settlement unless they are willing to concede the maximum rate based on your avereage weekly wage. There may be many unresolved issues in your claim. Workers Comp attorneys are generally trapped at the Board for many hours. Why not set up an office consultation with your attorney. Then if there is still no communication, you may need to change attorneys. I am assuming you've been out of work because of an on the job injury. If you go back to work and have restrictions and a loss or reduction in earnings there still may be a settlement.
Workers' Compensation Lawyer
This is a question that is most appropiately answered by your lawyer. If you have not been disabled for more than 1 year, it is probably too soon to be discussing a settlement. The settlement you are referring to is a Section 32 Settlement pursuant to NY Workers Compensation Law Section 32. Typically, but not always, the carrier will want to wait till there is a good indication as to what your permanent impairment will be. Also typically, it is a slow process. And yes, if you did return to work lite duty with restrictions, and making less $$ per week than your Average Weekly Wage at the time of the accident, there possibly still could be a settlement.