This questions depends on the facts of a claim/case. Some items that make people push for settlement instead of litigation.
1. Background of Claimant/Plaintiff, when you bring forth a claim, you will be questioned and some people are uncomfortable with people looking into their lives, especially if there are any arrest or embarassing matters that may be relative to the litigation, such as numerous past injuries to the same body part, or a long history of injuries.
2. Sometimes there are benefits such as time and unfavorable facts that may make a claim a settlement, more practical to an injured worker.
3. Termination. When an injured worker has defended his rights to workers compensation benefits, sometimes there is a suspicion that upon being returned to work, they will be terminated. If this is the case, sometimes it may be to the claimant’s advantage to attempt to settle his/her claim, and agree to resign so that they can go seek other employment and not worry about any potential bad blood that may have developed as a result of the filing of the workers compensation claim.
If you have been injured and have been representing yourself, and the insurance company is either making you an offer to settle or attempting to close your claim, and you do not know what is going on.
Be informed. Be aware. Be prepared.
Ty Wilson is a Georgia workers compensation attorney, with offices in Savannah and Atlanta, who provides free information to the injured and the families of the injured. Visit tywilsonlaw.com to order his FREE Georgia workers compensation “Special Reports” and to read his many articles and to watch his videos.
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