Can I Expect A Settlement? If So, When?

If you or a loved one suffered a work-related injury or illness, one of your first actions may be to seek workers' compensation. Once you file a claim, however, when can you expect a settlement?

Unfortunately, the answer depends on several factors. In some cases, the insurance company will accept your claim and begin payment of minimum benefits. What if you need more than what is being offered? Or, what if the company discontinues benefits after several weeks based on reports of your continued recovery or your return to work? What if your claim was denied outright?

You don't need to tackle this process on your own. Mr. Bailly offers a free case assessment for new clients, no matter what stage they find themselves at. He also handles all cases on a "no win, no fee" basis. Contact the firm today by calling 952-232-1053 or 800-250-3799 toll free.

Get Experienced Help For Your Workers' Comp Claim

As you may have already discovered, insurance company representatives may be less than helpful in guiding you through the workers' compensation process. However, a skilled lawyer can. Eden Prairie attorney David H. Bailly has helped clients from Minnesota and western Wisconsin protect their rights to workers' compensation. He can review your case in detail and explain your options for obtaining the financial assistance you need.

Unlike other types of injury claims, the dollar value of a workers' compensation settlement is mostly based on your ability to work. Therefore, it may not be in your best interests to settle as soon as possible. If you choose to accept a settlement early in the process, you may give up your right to obtain benefits in the future should any of the following occur:

  • Your recovery happens much slower than anticipated.
  • Your return to work results in fewer hours or reduced pay due to your work restrictions.
  • You are let go because your employer cannot meet your work restrictions.

Mr. Bailly can help you determine if seeking a settlement is in your best interests, and if so, when it might be appropriate given your unique circumstances. From the outset, he will review your claim and engage the appropriate medical and vocational experts if needed to build a strong case for you. Drawing on this thorough preparation, he can then effectively represent you in negotiating a settlement directly with the insurance company, in mediation or in court should a trial become necessary.