Settlements & Tampa Workers' Comp Claims
Tampa Workers' Compensation Attorney
An injured worker may receive workers' compensation benefits for a set period of time or for the remainder of his or her life. In some situations, a worker and workers' compensation insurance company may work out a settlement, wherein the insurance company pays the injured worker a lump sum settlement in exchange for a release from liability for any future benefits. If you have been offered a workers' compensation settlement, it is important to discuss this matter with an experienced attorney who can help you conduct a complete assessment of the situation to determine whether this is in your best interests.
A Tampa workers' compensation lawyer can review your case and can determine whether the settlement you have been offered is fair. If the offer is not in your best interests, your lawyer can work to negotiate with the insurer to reach a fair settlement that will be beneficial now and in the future. At Smith & Stallworth, we offer a free initial consultation to talk to you about your settlement offer. We can help you from the initial filing of your claim all the way through to a settlement or even trial if this is the greatest opportunity for you to seek an advantageous result.
Voluntary Lump Sum Settlements for Workers' Comp
Accepting a lump sum settlement for your Tampa workers' comp claim is voluntary. The insurer cannot force you to accept a settlement and you cannot force the insurer to offer you a settlement. You and the insurer must agree to settle the case. If you choose to accept a lump sum settlement for your claim, you will lose your right to any future benefits for medical care and lost earnings. If your condition worsens and you need future care, you will be unable to seek additional benefits for any new costs.
Accordingly, it is of the utmost importance that you make a complete analysis of the settlement and of your medical condition before accepting a workers' compensation settlement. An attorney can assist you in this regard, with the legal experience and resources to properly investigate the claim.
Contact a Tampa Workers' Comp Settlement Attorney at our firm today.