How Does a Workers' Comp Settlement Work?
If you suffered a work-related injury or illness, workers’ compensation benefits can help pay for your medical costs (both past and future), lost wages, and more. However, you don’t have to accept your insurance company’s benefits offer for your claim. Instead, you may pursue a workers’ comp settlement with the help of a workers’ compensation attorney.
Different states have different processes for workers’ compensation settlements. Before you and your attorney reach a settlement, you’ll need to calculate a workers’ comp payout you believe is fair. Once you do this, you can contact your insurance company.
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How to Calculate a Workers' Compensation Settlement
The value of your workers’ comp settlement depends on a number of factors including your medical condition, how much you earned before your injury, and how state laws apply to your claim.
In most cases, the 4 main factors that will impact your case include:
- Permanent Impairment
- Impairment Rating
- Permanent Impairment Benefit
- Bodily Impairment Rating
What Do Workers' Compensation Settlements Cover?
In most cases, workers’ comp settlements cover the following expenses:
- Attorney fees
- Disability payments
- Medical bills and ambulance rides
- Surgery and future medical treatment
- Lost wages and future wage loss
Does Surgery Increase a Workers' Comp Settlement?
If you had surgery before you settled your workers' compensation case, it won't necessarily increase your settlement. Workers' comp laws require your employer to pay for the medical expenses resulting from your workplace injury.
Average Settlement for Workers Comp
The average settlement for workers' compensation cases ranges from around $2,000 to $40,000. The potential settlement amount depends on how bad the injuries are. The workers' comp settlement is much less than other injury settlements because the insurance company splits your award with your employer, who was also required to pay for your medical bills.
What is the Longest You Can Be on Workers' Comp?
Some states limit the length of time an injured worker can receive temporary benefits. This typically ranges between 3 and 7 years. However, there is not usually a limit on permanent disability benefits, but some states do stop weekly benefits when an employee reaches the age of 65.
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