Fort Lauderdale, FL asked in Workers' Compensation for Florida

Q: Can I ask to settle so I can leave my Job. I was injured 9/18/17. I am tired of the crap. Its not worth the stress.

I injured my back on 9/18/17. Its been a hassle dealing with W/C I do have a lawyer. But I am searching before I speak with him

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1 Lawyer Answer
David Hughes Harris
David Hughes Harris
  • Venice, FL
  • Licensed in Florida

A: Sorry to hear of your challenges. Workers comp is designed to provide a no-fault basis for paying your bills and a portion of your wages, but does so with a pro-employer bias built into the law.

Workers comp is a difficult process for the claimant, as your WC carrier selects doctors for you. And, you obviously know how that goes.

You may seek to settle (or "wash out") your workers comp claim for lump sum settlement. Separation (termination) from the employer is often a part of this process. Just understand that when you wash out a WC claim, you are on your own for future medicals and wages. Accordingly, you want to make sure the wash out reflects the nature of your injuries and your future needs (if any).

Have a discussion with your lawyer about the pros and cons of settling your claim. There may be additional steps needed to make sure your claim receives the full and fair value.

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