Need-to-Know Terminology in Workers’ Compensation Cases
When a person is injured while on the job or at the workplace, they are legally entitled to receive monetary funding from their employer to help cover medical expenses that are accrued as a result of the injury. This is called workers’ compensation and if an employer attempts to deny or fight against this right, there is grounds to file a lawsuit against him or her to receive compensation. If you are involved in such a case, it is a good idea to familiarize yourself with common terminology used so that you can have a better understanding of the legal process.
A medical-legal report is one of the most important terms to know and items to have during a workers’ compensation case. This report provides documentation of your injuries and necessary treatment as prescribed by a doctor. Having this will help ensure that you receive enough to cover injury expenses. It also validates the cause of the injury and strengthens your chances of winning the case.
A settlement is the ultimate goal of a workers’ compensation case and is defined as the agreement between you and the insurance company about the dispensing of funds for worker’s compensation. There are different kinds of agreements that could be made, including those that dispense funds in one sum, or compromise and release, or those handed out over time, or stipulations with request for award. Both must be reviewed before a judge before taking effect.
Managing a workers’ compensation case can be confusing and daunting, but thankfully any questions or concerns you have can be answered by an attorney. To learn more about we at the Franco Law Firm can help you in your compensation case, please call us anytime at (813) 872-0929.