Does workers comp have to settle my case?

by Anonymous

I was injured on the job in September of 2010. I was released to go back to work in February 2011. I have not heard from the insurance company since. I have a 15% disability to my arm due to the accident.

I am still working for the original company that I was at when I was injured. I drive a semi truck. I can no longer drive a flat bed though because my arm won't allow me to tarp the loads so I now drive a dry van semi. I am having nerve problems in my hand now and I will have to go back to the specialist.

Does the insurance have to settle the case with me? Do they have to continue to pay for doctor visits? Thanks for any help.

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ANSWER for "Does workers comp have to settle my case?":

Anonymous (Arkansas):

The insurance company doesn't really have to do anything. They can decide they have paid enough, or can agree to continue paying for your doctor's visits. If the insurance company has decided they aren't ready to settle you can speak with the workmans compensation representative. If you want to settle the case for a sum certain they may agree and accommodate you.

Doing so though may preclude you from receiving any further payments for doctors bills or other medical costs related to your injury.

You would be well-advised to visit with you doctors. You really need to receive not only a complete diagnosis of your injury, but a prognosis as well. Listen to your doctors' advice. If they don't think you are ready to be released listen to them.

Once you have determined the extent of your injury and the prognosis for the future you will be in a better position to make the right decision.

The above is general information. Laws change frequently, and across jurisdictions. You should get a personalized case evaluation from an attorney licensed in your state. Find a local attorney to give you a free case review here, or call (888) 647-2490.

Best of luck,

Judge Calisi

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