I would srongly urge you to talk to a calif wc attorney. I would be reluctant to settle if you have no other means to pay for the treatment because there may be more than what she is saying they will pay for. What if the dr said you needed something else? Right now they would have to pay for it. They already owe you the 44000 so she is really jusy offering 12 to settle.
I AM a California Attorney, and I represent Employers. I think that 56,000 is a great deal, but if I actually cared about you I would recommend that you run your QME report past a Certified Specialist in WC before you accepted anything. Brett Borah is the smartest Attorney I know within 100 miles of Salinas, and you would be in very good hands if he accepted your case. He is #2 on the AVVO All-Time Leader Board for helping people like you, has a 10.0 AVVO Rating, and is loved by children and small animals everywhere he goes. Brett is a Certified Specialist in WC, but has so many other Super-Star awards that he does not even have space to list it on his AVVO Profile. If I had an ounce of compassion, I would strive to be like Mr. Borah.
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I'm too embarrassed to say much after Mr. Corson's post. But you really should be talking to a workers' comp specialist before you do anything. Closing out your medical care is a big step and you don't want to do anything that would come back to bite you in the future. Initial consults are almost always free so you've got nothing to lose and everything to gain by talking to one of us.
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