saying I reach my maximum medical improvement with them and refered me back to my rehab doctor. What does this means in term of settling the case? This is a workers compensation case that is going on almost 2 years. Can i now settle with my adjuster just onthe back and neck injuries and wait for a second opinion for my shoulder and arms and hands that was also injured in the same scheme or should I wait for all second opinions and diagnosis prior to settling? what is the right thing to do?
You have not given enough details to fully decide what it means with regard to settling your case. If the injuries all arise out of the same injury then the insurer will probably want to settle all claims at once. Consult an experienced workers' compensation attorney.
Your situation is too involved to give an answer in this forum. You should get a lawyer to represent you who can answer your questions, explain how a lump sum settlement works and file whatever claims are necessary for you to get the benefits to which you are entitled. You can find plenty of experienced workers' compensation attorneys on this site. And you will not need to pay out of pocket for an attorney as the law provides that the insurance company pays his fee if he is successful in representing you.
As I indicated in your other post, you really need an attorney assisting you. The attys that do this type of work know how to maximize the value of the claim, or to seek out benefits that you are entitled to receive. There is no cost to meet with someone and have them start helping you. Going it alone with these types of injuries will cost you much more than paying an attorney a small percentage of the overall settlement.
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You cannot partially settle your case. Once you settle your case, you get a lump sum of money in exchange for all rights for future weekly benefits. However, you can settle your case with liability accepted, which means that the insurance company is responsible for ongoing treatment that is related to the work injury for all body parts that are part of the settlement. I recommend getting the second opinion because this is a big decision for you. If two doctors say you are at an end result, then it would be appropriate to try and settle the case in my opinion. Again, once you settle you cannot come back for further weekly checks so you want to make sure you are stable medically because if you get worse after you settle you are out of luck.
Good morning. When you "settle" a case in Massachusetts, the settlement is final. There are many issues to resolve when a case settles, and answering the question here would not do your matter justice, given what you described. I strongly suggest you consult with a qualified workers' compensation lawyer to discuss your options, which include payment of all medical bills, past, present and future, so long as they are related to the incident and medically necessary, payment of future vocational rehabilitation and training, and whether or not your injures to the body parts affected are permanent in nature. If you have medical documentation, it is advisable to bring that to your consult with an attorney so he or she can properly advise you on what is in your best interests. Good luck with your matter.
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