To settle or not to settle, often a question. Our guest, Jim Anderson, is a well-known Workers’ Comp attorney and a leader in the field in Mississippi. His input about “settlements” are respected, and he has led the field in helping both sides reach a solution.
The best claim is a closed claim. Is it sometimes better to simply settle a case fairly, to reach an accord, than let it linger and get worse. When a significant injury is involved, going before a judge can be risky. Seeking a settlement that is fair can be a better solution.
But how are settlement values calculated? This is the complicated part. Best case, worst case, and the fair target range. At what point do you make an offer?
Every case is different, and there is no “standard.” By talking with each other, maybe we can understand what the worker needs and what the company is responsible for. This is Workers’ Comp, not tort cases. There is no “pain and suffering” as in a civil case, but that can be hard for workers to understand. And with older workers injured on the job, Medicare eligibility adds a whole new twist. It’s a major factor easily overlooked. A settlement isn’t always just between the insured and the worker, there are other parties to think about. This is an eye-opening episode full of insights into the fine art of settlements.
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