you shouldn't sign it and a workers' comp judge, who would have to review and either approve or disapprove the settlement wouldn't sign it, if he's paying attention. The insurance company is clearly trying to take advantage of you. You're being gamed.
Get someone on your team who knows the rules of the game and how to play. That someone is an attorney. He can probably increase the value of the settlement enough to cover his fees anyway. Find a good one here at www.avvo.com or at www.caaa.org. CAAA is the association for attorneys here in California who represent injured workers. Or you can call me for a referral. Good luck.
My colleague is correct. You need to hire an attorney and not sign this compromise and release. There is no benefit to you and they are indeed playing you.
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Unless you failed to participate in an offered Medical Panel Network, I do not think a Judge is going to saddle you with any potential past treatment. Even if you did deliberately treat outside the MPN in the past, there is no reason to voluntarily accept responsibility. If they mean that you are responsible for future TREATMENT, they are correct.
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Absolutely not. You need ypto consult with an attorney to determine if the C&R is adequate and to make sure your getting everything you are netted to, which a Judge does not do.
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