What’s A Fair Settlement?
I am pleased to announce the availability of my new book:
“Workers Compensation Section 32 Settlements:
a Treasure or a Trap?”
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This 158-page book covers everything injured workers want to know about accepting or rejecting a New York State Workers Compensation §32 settlement, to answer the hundreds of questions I have received while holding settlement hearings as a Commissioner at the Board and at my website since I left the Board in 2008. I was a Commissioner at the Board when §32 settlement first started to appear in 1997.
During that time, I personally had hearings with more than 6,000 claimants, keeping detailed notes on every settlement, whether they were approved, adjourned, and rejected as well as every question and concern brought to my attention by the injured workers and their families.
With injured worker settlements ranging from their returning $47,000 to receiving in excess of $9,000,000 and some with no money being exchanged, many questions remain unanswered for injured workers seeking to close out their claims with a settlement. For example:
- What is a fair offer for an injured worker to settle their worker’s compensation claim? $100 or $20,000 or $150,000 or $1 Million?
- Will their private health insurance or Medicare pay for future medical expenses? Depends on the agreement and the law in effect at that time.
- Do they need an attorney? And, if so, what is a fair fee?
- What will happen if they decide to reject the settlement?
- What happens to medical bills still unpaid after the settlement?
- Can the insurance company be forced to settle?
- Can the employer interfere with or stop the settlement? Can anyone else?
This 158-page book consists of 15 chapters, detailed here.
Individual copies can be purchased on-line directly for $16.95 pus S&H. To purchase larger quantities or copies with custom covers and imprinting, see our Custom Book & Discount Program