Workers’ Compensation Settlements
Pittsburgh Workers’ Compensation Settlements Lawyer
In some cases after a worker is injured on the job, employers and their insurance carriers may offer these employees a lump sum instead of continuing workers’ compensation benefits. Lump-sum settlements allow insurance carriers to limit their financial liability and save money in cases involving serious injuries and permanent disabilities. For employees, however, accepting lump sum settlements may not always serve their best interests.
At the Law Office of Melvin L. Vatz, we advise injured workers about workers’ compensation benefits in the state of Pennsylvania. Melvin Vatz is an experienced lawyer with a thorough understanding of the Pennsylvania Workers’ Compensation Act and how to protect your workman’s comp benefits. He can advise and represent you if you have received a lump-sum offer and can help you understand whether accepting such an offer from the insurance company serves your interests. He will also advise you how a settlement will affect other benefits that you might be receiving, such as Social Security disability or Medicare.
If you are receiving Social Security Disability benefits, we will need to consider whether a Medicare Set aside trust is required in a settlement. This is important because the law requires that Medicare’s interests be protected in a settlement. This allows you to later submit claims to Medicare after money that has been paid for medical expenses in a settlement has been exhausted.
Every situation is different and every worker has personal needs that must be addressed. At the Law Office of Melvin L. Vatz, we treat each client as an individual and provide guidance that reflects their unique situation.
Lump-Sum Settlements and Compromise and Release Agreements in Pennsylvania
At any time, you may be asked to consider settling your case through a “compromise and release.” NEVER AGREE TO A SETTLEMENT WITHOUT TALKING TO A LAWYER. There is no fee to talk to our workers’ compensation lawyers about settling your case. In some cases, it may be possible to settle the wage loss part of your case, but reserve your right to receive future treatment.
Your workers’ compensation attorney can help you understand your options related to lump sum settlement agreements. We can negotiate with the insurance company about the amount of the lump sum that you have been offered, how a settlement will be paid, and whether you should accept or reject a settlement. Lawyer Melvin Vatz will analyze any agreement presented by the insurance company or employer to determine if it is in your best interests or if it would negatively impact your situation.
Contact Us About Your Workers’ Compensation Benefits
If you are currently receiving workers’ compensation benefits and your employer or their insurance company offers you a lump-sum settlement, it is important to get the experienced guidance that you need to make a smart and responsible decision. At the Law Office of Melvin L. Vatz, we can help you understand your options and the best choice for your individual situation. Contact us at our Pittsburgh office by calling (412) 391-3030. We offer free consultations and you will pay no attorney fees unless you obtain compensation.