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Workers' Compensation Settlements

California's Workers' Compensation System

The industries that report the most injuries in California on a consecutive yearly basis are the construction, transportation and public utilities, agriculture and state and local government sectors. Workers' compensation in the State of California covers both injuries and illnesses that are work-related, but over 90% of the claims that are filed are due to injury because most work-related illnesses go unreported.

If you have suffered a workplace injury, you can seek compensation for your medical treatments and bills in addition to lost wages with the help of a caring Oakland workers' comp attorney.

A knowledgeable attorney can help you seek compensation with your employer's workers' comp insurance company through a settlement. There are two types of settlements that can be recovered, and a lawyer at The Law Offices of Jonathan M. Brand will help you distinguish the differences between the two.

Types of Workers' Compensation Settlements

One form of settlement is called a "stipulated finding and award" in which the injured worker receives a specific amount of disability payments over a period of time. The compensation for medical care is ongoing and therefore the legal and medical issues involved with this type of settlement can last for years or even decades. The second type of settlement, called a "compromise and release" is a single lump sum payment that permanently closes the case.

Under this type of settlement, the injured worker forfeits their right to receive payments for future medical care from the workers' comp insurance company. Workers who have a private insurance or other means of covering their future medical bills may chose to consider this option because the settlement amount that is recovered is typically more than the permanent disability payments that they would receive over time.

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