The adjuster will be totally delighted if you choose to negotiate settlement without the help of a lawyer.
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You can talk to a lawyer and get advice on settlement. An attorney has a better chance of knowing the full value of the case and will not believe the adjusters numbers without proof
Attorneys Bollinger and Connell have given you good advice. You need to consult with a workers compensation attorney and discuss the value of your claim. There are many different types of benefits which you are entitled to before you settle.
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Recognize that you are saying you want the benefit of an attorney without paying a fee. You say that you have "not had a problem" but you have no idea whether you have been treated fairly, under the law. You cannot make an informed decision without knowing your options. Only your attorney is going to take the time to explain how the law benefits you.
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Under Ohio law the Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation and/or the Self-Insured employer have NO obligation to tell you what you are entitled to. In fact, they are prohibited from giving you legal advice. Most claims never settle in Ohio (98.5% don't, 1.5% do) and the average settlements are low ($10,000 was the average in 2011). Permanent Partial Disability in no way means you can't work and is in no way a settlement. If this is a BWC exam, then 19/20 the doctor will be very conservative and pro-employer and spend
This answer does not constitute legal advice for your situation and no attorney-client relationship has been formed. We can only assist you if you come into our office, meet with one of our attorneys, sign the necessary fee agreement and other necessary workers' compensation forms. Until then, we are not acting as your attorney and can take no actions to protect your interests. Further, we can not properly advise you as to the deadlines to act, also known as the statute of limitations. We can tell you missing such a deadline, even when you are unaware of, will result in you losing all rights under your claim.