When litigation comes around, the first thought may be to try and settle the claim as soon as possible. After all, for every day that goes by with a claim in litigation, wages owed accrue and legal costs add up. Depending on the claim, if it is higher exposure with a higher wage earner, it is worthwhile to try and defend the claim should it be deemed not work related or if there is another dispute. On the other end of the spectrum, if the claim is of smaller exposure then it is probably better to wrap it up before the costs to defend the claim outweigh the costs to dispute and the file. It may also be the other way around, which proves that there is no blueprint to handling a litigated claim.
Author Rebecca Shafer, JD, President of Amaxx Risk Solutions, Inc. is a national expert in the field of workers compensation. She is a writer, speaker, and publisher. Her expertise is working with employers to reduce workers compensation costs, and her clients include airlines, healthcare, printing/publishing, pharmaceuticals, retail, hospitality, and manufacturing. She is the author of the #1 selling book on cost containment, Workers Compensation Management Program: Reduce Costs 20% to 50%. Contact: RShafer@ReduceYourWorkersComp.com.
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