Factors That Impact Workers’ Comp TimelinesSome of the common factors that can delay a settlement for workers’ compensation include the following:
The Injury SeverityTo determine the amount of worker's comp you will receive, you need to acquire a 'state of permanency.' To achieve this, a doctor has to determine that you have recovered from your injuries or illness as much as you could and reached maximum medical improvement (MMI).
DisputesMost employers want to reduce the number of approved claims as much as possible to keep insurance costs low. If your employer wants to do the same, they may question your claim by doubting whether it is work-related. They may also claim you can return to work because you are not as seriously injured as you say you are. Any such disputes can delay settlement.
The Time You Hire a Workers’ Compensation LawyerSome injured parties can wait months before seeing how their claim is handled and only hire a lawyer when they face disputes. That is the worst thing you can do. At that point, you may not have access to essential evidence or may receive poor medical aid that can affect your case. This can also delay settlement, but not if you hire experienced legal representation.
The Settlement SizeYou can find a complete schedule of permanent partial disability (PPD) benefits in the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Act. The schedule is determined according to the number of weeks you have to be paid. For example, suppose your limb is amputated or you suffer from a complete or permanent loss of a body part because of a workplace accident. In that case, you can get the maximum settlement for PPD benefits. There is a different schedule for workers who suffer from partial body part loss, such as a finger or thumb.
The bottom line is that the larger the injury, the longer worker’s comp settlements take. Impairment ratings also impact the duration. For instance, if your physician gives you a 20% permanent impairment rating but is disputed by the insurance company, the timeline for the settlement can also change drastically. The rating will significantly impact the amount of money you get, so the insurance company may double down on their efforts to change it in their favor. A dispute can lead to six months in delays, if not more unless you have experienced Illinois workers' compensation lawyers in your corner.
Contact Robert Edens for Disputes on a Worker’s Compensation ClaimRobert Edens has decades of experience representing employees like you and ensuring they get the max settlement amount following a worker’s comp claim. He is not afraid to go toe-to-toe with the insurance company if it means you can get a big payout. Get in touch with him for a consultation at the Law Offices of Robert T. Edens today!