I’ve Been Offered A Settlement; Should I Take It?
Workers’ compensation awards are paid weekly. Eventually, the insurance company will get tired of writing checks and approach you with a settlement offer. Remember, once you accept a settlement offer, your case will be closed. You will not be able to collect any other workers’ compensation benefits for your injuries.
At Cloutier, Conley & Duffett PA in Portland, our lawyers have decades of experience handling workers’ comp issues for clients throughout southern Maine. We know, based on the nature of your injuries, what is a fair offer. We will evaluate the offer and negotiate with the insurer on your behalf to make sure your interests are protected.
Do I Need An Attorney To Settle My Claim?
No, you don’t need an attorney to settle your claim. Under state law, however, you cannot settle your workers’ compensation claim without the approval of a hearing officer. Even then, the only way to know if the offer is fair is to consult with an attorney — hearing officers often tell workers to get legal advice before signing a settlement agreement. While hiring an attorney to handle your settlement is not legally required, it is highly advisable.
Schedule Your Free Consultation
If you have received a settlement offer for your workers’ compensation claim, contact our firm. Consultations are completely free, and we will not charge you a fee until we obtain a fair settlement offer on your behalf. Call 207-747-1752 to speak with one of our attorneys.