Does doctor give you causation? Have you had surgery? Is surgery medically necessary? What are your permanent restrictions? The answers to all these questions and more must be provided. Your attorney knows your case best. Why are you second-guessing him?
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Much more information is needed. Are you talking about a section 32?
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Unlike a lawsuit, a workers compensation claim and settlement are not driven by the value of a particular injury. Instead, all awards and benefits are based on your average earnings, the benefit rate based on those earnings, the type of injury, the insurance carrier you are dealing with, and other factors.
For example, although a herniated disc in a lawsuit may be worth $1, the question asked in a compensation case is do you have a permanent injury, what is your loss of earning capacity, are you out of work and so on.
Therefore, you should speak to your attorney if you have one about how the number was arrived at and what it means. Also, be sure to ask if it includes medical!
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There is no way to answer your question adequately with the limited information you provided. However, on a general basis, a one time settlement under Section 32 of the Workers' Compensation Law is based on a number of factors aside from the specific injuries you sustained. Your average weekly wage determines your compensation rate possibilities. Then the degree of your disability or percentage of your impairment. Once your rate is established if the accident date is post March 2007, your loss of wage earning capacity must be considered. This will tell the maximum number of weeks/years of compensation payments you may be entitled to. From there, the negotiations between your attorney and the carrier determine the tentative settlement amount.. Of course the final decision whether to settle or not is up to you. Since you are represented, you should really discuss this with your attorney so that he or she may explain the way they arrived at their settlement demand and the meaning and consequences of the settlement. Good luck.
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Your attorney sounds very ambitious, and extremely optimistic about your case.
I represent Employers, but I can recommend Worker Attorneys in So Cal if you ask.
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