Q: Do a victim have the right to hire a mediator to mediate settlement in workers comp cases?
The victim has went through 2 major back surgery over an 8 year period. She has complied with all recommended treatments. She feels her attorney is under scoring the settlement.
A: Every Office of Worker's Comp in Louisiana has a mediator on staff whose services are available free of charge. You can certainly ask your attorney to propose mediation with the employer or its w/c carrier. Keep in mind that an employer does not have to settle a worker's compensation case, and a claimant doesn't have a right to a settlement.
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