What Can You Expect At Settlement Time In A Workers’ Comp Case?
Our goal at Rundlett Law Firm when representing injured workers in Mississippi is to get our clients the maximum benefits possible. But what can you expect from your workers’ compensation case?
First, every workers’ comp case is different and the value of a case is highly dependent upon what your doctor says you can and can not do in the future. Regardless, a workers’ comp payout is never going to be a “get rich” situation. We always tell our clients at the start of a case that this is not a situation where you will receive enough money to retire. The purpose of our Workers’ Compensation Laws is to get some money quickly to help an injured worker survive and to help get them recovered so they can return to gainful employment.
Generally, an injury’s value increases from extremely to core. This means a finger or toe injury(outer extremity) is not going to be worth as much as a spinal injury(core). There are other factors to consider.
Let’s consider an example at each end of the spectrum. A catastrophic injury such as a spinal injury that causes paralysis and 100% disability is going to be worth hundreds of thousands of dollars, if not millions. Why? Because that serious of an injury is going to require a lifetime of medical treatments, special modifications to the person’s home, medications, and no real chance of returning to work. It is a very sad situation.
On the other side of the spectrum would be a broken finger or sprained ankle. An injury such as this is worth far less than the previous example. But hopefully, this injury is only temporary and the person will be able to return to full employment. In either example, the injured worker is entitled to payments for lost wages and payment of any and all medical bills related to the injury.
An injured worker in Mississippi will almost always be able to earn more over the long haul if they are able to return to work after recovery. Our team at Rundlett Law Firm can help with the process no matter the seriousness of the injury.
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