The main components of a Finding and Award are the percentage of disability and whether or not the applicant needs further medical care.The percentage of disability derives from the doctor’s opinion as to your level of disability.
The benefits awarded by a judge are paid out over time.
They are not paid in a lump sum unless the weekly payments are found to be due from a date so long ago that all payments are already due.
Permanent disability is paid at different rates for different dates of injury and for different percentages of disability.
A Compromise and Release completely closes the case.
A “Finding and Award” is what the judge’s decision is called.
A “Stipulated Finding and Award” is an agreement that has the same effect as the judge’s decision.
It is entered into voluntarily by both sides rather than being imposed on the parties by the judge, but once it is reviewed by a judge and the judge signs the “Award” then it has the same effect as if the judge had made the Award after trial.
Lee is an Interventional Spine and Pain Management physician specializing in non-operative management of neck, back and musculoskeletal pain, in addition to interventional spine procedures.
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