I had a mandatory mediation for workers compensation. My lawyer and I agreed to settle for a certain amount (comprise n release). Now we have a final hearing before the judge to approve it, but now im feeling uneasy about it because of my unknown future medical needs. Can I still change my mind about it before the final hearing or is it too late since we had the mediation? Im not sure if I even trust my lawyer
You most certainly can change your mind. You should call your attorney and discuss things. Now.
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Yes you can change your mind. It is not final until the judge approves it at a hearing. Call your attorney Monday to discuss your concerns. You should also discuss what insurance you have or is available to you to pay for future treatment since future medical is your concern. Good luck.
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You should be able to change this up and until the final order is entered. You may even be able to do so afterward, but it isn't the position you'll want to be in.
You should call your attorney immediately, and schedule a sit-down to discuss the pros and cons of the decision, and make the appropriate decision moving forward.
Yes. A settlement is not final until it it is approved by a workers compensation judge. Speak to your lawyer.
It depends. Did you sign a settlement agreement? If you signed a compromise and release it will likely recite that you consulted counsel, that this was a considered decision and it is binding. If you were coerced into the agreement by your lawyer or the other side, you can try to get it set aside. Court do not like "buyers' remorse" and will require you to show that you were somehow misled or your future medical needs were not considered to let you out of an agreement. Talk to your lawyer and see what thoughts she has about setting aside this agreement.
You can change your mind right up until the point where the judge approves the agreement. Call your lawyer and let him know your misgivings.
Timothy D. Belt, Esquire Certified as a specialist in the practice of workers’ compensation law by the Pennsylvania Bar Association’s Section on Workers’ Compensation Law as authorized by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court. DISCLAIMER: This post is intended as general information applicable only to the state of Pennsylvania. The information given is based strictly upon the facts provided. This post is not intended to create an attorney client relationship, or to provide any specific guarantee of confidentiality.
I don't mean to kick this question back to you but this is exactly the question you are paying a lawyer to answer
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