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Pennsylvania Workers' Compensation and Lump Sum Settlements

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If you were injured on the job, you may have heard of something called a "Lump Sum Settlement" – also known as a "Compromise and Release."

Note: Please know that when you sign to accept a lump sum settlement, this is a one-time payment. If you accept a lump sum, you can't go back for more money. Your employer's insurance company doesn't owe you another cent. What's more, the insurance company will almost always offer much less than you deserve.

That's why it's important to consult with an attorney before you agree to a lump sum settlement. Our legal consultations are free and there's no obligation to use our services. Call us at 1-866-9-4EDGAR (1-866-943-3427) or fill out a simple online legal evaluation.

Frequently Asked Questions
What if the company doctor releases you to go back to work but your own doctor disagrees?
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If the company doctor releases you to return to work, but your personal doctor disagrees, you can refuse to go back to work.

If you do not return to work, your employer will probably file a "Petition to Terminate, Modify, or Suspend Benefits." In this case, under workers' compensation laws in Pennsylvania, you will continue to receive your workers' compensation payments until a hearing is scheduled for a judge to review your case.

If you get one of these letters, and don't already have a lawyer, you should get help from one of our experienced workers' compensation attorneys.

What is a Lump Sum Settlement?

Under Pennsylvania worker's compensation, if you have been off work for more than 4 months due to a work-related injury – and you're currently receiving workers' compensation – you may be able to settle with the insurance company for a lump sum.

A lump sum settlement is a one-time payment that can replace your weekly workers' compensation checks, your medical bills, or both. You can accept a lump sum settlement for both your lost wages and medical expenses.

Accepting a lump sum settlement for your medical expenses can be tricky. If you accept a lump sum payment for your future medical care, you will not receive any more money for your medical treatment after these funds are spent.

Remember: If you agree to a lump sum settlement, you won't receive another penny from Pennsylvania workers' compensation. Before agreeing to a lump sum settlement, it's important to make sure that the offer is fair and that it's a good idea for you. You should hire an experienced attorney to help negotiate with the insurance company, because the insurance company will nearly always offer much less than you should receive.

Is a Lump Sum Settlement Right For You?

You may want to settle for a lump sum of money if:

  • You have stopped making progress in your recovery – and your doctor believes you will not continue to recover
  • You are tired of the workers' compensation hassle and want to move on with your life

If you're thinking about a lump sum settlement, you should take a good look at your medical costs and what they may be in the future.

  • Will you need another surgery?
  • Will you be unable to work for years to come?
  • Will the settlement be enough money to give you financial security?
  • Are you injuries likely to get worse or lead to other conditions, such as arthritis?
  • Is it worth more than the hassle of dealing with the insurance company?

Be sure to think about these questions, and consult an attorney to see if a lump sum settlement is in your best interest. An experienced attorney can best calculate possible medical expenses you may encounter down the road.

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