The Pennsylvania Workers’ Comp Settlement Process

Many clients and prospective clients have questions about the Pennsylvania workers’ comp settlement process. How does this all play out? A word about workers’ compensation mediation Many times settlements occur through the mediation process. The Pennsylvania Workers’ Compensation Act amendments put in place mandatory mediation with workers’ compensation cases that are in litigation. Cases also settle through voluntary mediation. Voluntary mediation occurs when both sides agree to mediation. The mediation process is an opportunity to discuss settlement and narrow issues…

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A Pennsylvania Workers Comp settlement agreement language is critical

A Pennsylvania workers comp settlement is concluded with a Compromise and Release (C & R) agreement.  The C & R agreement contains 19 paragraphs and is often accompanied with an addendum page with additional language for several of those paragraphs.  What language is contained in those paragraphs is vitally important.  A Pennsylvania injured worker has to remember that these documents are drafted by the employer and insurance carrier's attorney.  That is precisely why it is so important for an injured…

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