Am I entitled to settlement of my claim?

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Updated: 4/13/2007 3:37 pm
A settlement is an agreement resolving a dispute between parties. Settlements often involve the payment of compensation by one party to the other, but this is not always the case. Therefore, while your claim will probably be settled, it may be settled by the rejection of your claim. You are not automatically entitled to a settlement which includes payment of compensation of your workers' compensation claim. After you've filled out a claim form that requests information such as when, where, and how the accident happened, the extent of your injuries, and the medical bills for your treatment, you'll receive notification accepting or rejecting your claim. If the claim is accepted, weekly or monthly benefit checks will be sent to you. If your claim is rejected or partly denied, you can appeal the decision. If the appeal board rules against you the decision can be appealed to a state district court. If you have been injured on the job and are filing a claim for workers' compensation, you have the right to be represented by an attorney. If your claim for benefits is rejected, or if your claim has been accepted, but you believe you are not receiving the correct amount of compensation, you should consider hiring a workers' compensation attorney.

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