Written by attorney William E. Parsons IV | Apr 3, 2012

What Does It Mean to Settle My Worker’s Compensation Claim?

More often than not, worker’s compensation claims settle without the need for a formal hearing. When a case settles, it’s important to understand what claims have been settled and what this means for you in the future. In Wisconsin, worker’s compensation claims can be settled on a “full" or “limited" basis.

Full Settlement

A full and final settlement means just what it sounds like. In exchange for a certain sum of money, you will be giving up any rights to bring further claims related to your worker’s compensation injury. This is a common way to structure a settlement. However, before agreeing to this type of settlement, there are issues you should discuss with your attorney. For example:

  • Who will be responsible for paying for your future medical treatment?

  • Have the medical bills related to your injury been taken care of in the settlement?

  • What happens if you re-injure the same body part at work?

  • What if you can no longer continue working in the same occupation due to your injury?

Before settling your claims in a full and final settlement, you want to make sure that you understand the agreement and are comfortable with the terms.

Limited Settlement

A limited settlement means that you are settling some of your claims on a final basis, but leaving open certain parts of your claim. For example, you may agree to settle all of your claims up to a certain date, but leave open claims arising from the same injury at some point in the future. Or, you could settle all of your claims other than a particularly contentious claim, and only have a hearing on that limited issue. In certain circumstances, it may be in your best interest no to settle all of your claims on a final basis.

Regardless of the type of settlement offered, you and your attorney should discuss your options and you should feel comfortable to the terms before signing off.

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