Should You Take a Florida Workers’ Compensation Settlement?
Experienced advice from skilled workers’ compensation lawyers
Suffering a work-related injury is always painful and disruptive. Florida workers’ compensation law is designed to help provide you with medical care and compensation after an injury on the job. However, the workers’ compensation application and settlement process does not always go smoothly. If you are injured on-the-job, Scott J. Sternberg and Associates, P.A. offers reputable, trusted legal service to help you obtain the best outcome after your workplace injury.
Understanding settlement of workers’ compensation claims in Florida
If you are considering a workers' compensation settlement in Florida, understanding lump sum settlements and the settlement process is important before you sign on the dotted line. Consider these points about settling your workers’ comp claim:
- Settling your worker's comp claim usually means you will receive a lump sum settlement that terminates the responsibility of your employer or his or her insurer for payment of your medical expenses.
- Settling a workers' compensation claim is purely voluntary. A workers' compensation judge may not order a lump sum settlement, nor can you or your employer force each other to settle.
- When you are represented by our firm, you will likely not need to go before a workers' compensation judge to approve the settlement. Without counsel, claimants can benefit from review of their proposed settlement by an experienced adjudicator.
- The amount of settlement is based on numerous factors, including the value of your claim to the insurer at the time of settlement talks. Since workers’ compensation benefits are paid out in small sums over time, an employer (or their insurer) may not be inclined to offer full value or their full financial exposure in the matter.
- Factors considered in putting together a settlement offer include your age and health, education, work experience, average weekly wage, level of impairment and anticipated future medical needs, among other concerns.
- Life expectancy is considered during settlement discussions because your claim for workers’ compensation is extinguished if you pass away.
Workers’ compensation settlements in Florida are not governed by law, but crafted and entered into by parties to the claim. If considering a settlement, speak to an attorney with our firm to ensure your rights to benefits and compensation are fully appreciated and protected.
Offering skilled legal assistance with Florida workers’ compensation settlements
With offices in West Palm Beach, Orlando and Boca Raton, Scott J. Sternberg and Associates, P.A. is dedicated to offering high-quality legal service to achieve the workers’ compensation, disability and other benefits you deserve.
We offer evening and weekend appointments when needed. Contact us online or at 561.459.2483 for a consultation.