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How Long Does It Take To Get My Workers Comp Settlement?

How Long Does It Take to Get My Workers’ Comp Settlement?

Get Answers from Our Charleston, IL Workers’ Compensation Attorneys

Many of our workers’ compensation clients ask, “Once I agree to the settlement of my workers’ compensation case, how long does it take to get the money?”

Generally, it will take four to eight weeks from the time the agreement is reached until there is money in your hands. Once the settlement is reached, the employer’s attorney will need to draft the settlement contracts.

The contracts are then signed by the attorneys and the employee and submitted to the arbitrator handling the matter for approval. This process can take a few weeks, by the time everything is circulated in the mail.

How the Payment Process Works

Once the arbitrator approves the contracts, the employer’s attorney will order the settlement check from the insurer. The settlement check is generally made payable to you and your attorney’s office. Therefore, you and your attorney’s office must endorse the check. The funds are then placed in the attorney’s trust account until everyone is sure the check has cleared, a process that can take another two weeks.

Once the check has cleared, your attorney’s office will make the final distribution from its trust account. Further delays can arise if the insurer fails to pay the settlement amount once the contract has been approved by the arbitrator.

While there is no deadline under the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Act, which states that the insurer must send the check within a certain time frame, the employer and his insurer can have attorneys’ fees and penalties assessed against them if there is an unreasonable delay in payment. We are committed to providing you with the funds as soon as possible, but the rules of distribution set out by the Illinois Supreme Court tell us that, even though the settlement has been reached, it will still take some time before the money is in your hands.

Workers’ Comp Help in Central & Southern Illinois

If you have been injured at work, it's important to have a qualified and experienced workers' compensation attorney on your side. The Tapella & Eberspacher Law Firm can guide you through the process of filing a claim and recovering the money you need. We will work to ensure there are no unreasonable delays and will take action if we believe your employer, their attorney, or their insurance provider is acting in an unethical or illegal manner to delay payment or undervalue your claim. We have offices in Charleston, IL and St. Louis, MO and serve workers throughout the surrounding areas.

For experienced workers’ comp help, call (217) 394-5885 or fill out our online contact form.

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