i s that true, or can i request it when it closes which will be in about a week
You should be very careful about relying on information from some who either not well informed in the area or does not have you best interest in mind. You should contact a local workers comp lawyer. It seems you are not represented by an attorney so there may have been other issues earlier in the case that need to be reviewed as well.
If your PPD is not received all at one time, then you will receive a partial payment and then monthly payments until the PPD is paid in full. If you don't want payments, you may request the DLI pay the full amount. The DLI has the discretion to deny your request or pay fully. They give great consideration to payment if you can show a need or hardship requiring full payment now. Write the claims manager a letter explaining your circumstances.
Yes, you cannot get the whole balance over a certain amount (which changes from year to year). See this for the amount for your date of injury: http://www.lni.wa.gov/ClaimsIns/Files/SelfIns/ClaimMgt/PpdAwardDownPmtAmounts.pdf. You can request the remaining balance after the order is final and no appeal has been received. However, the Department has the ability to approve or deny that request. Tell them why you want the entire balance. If your claim date of injury is pre-June 15, 2011, you may get monthly interest on the unpaid balance. This can add up over time. However, if your claim is after that date, you will not be entitled to interest and a lump sum can be more beneficial.
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