Workers' Compensation Coverage
What To Do When An Accident Happens
Settling a Claim
Under Section 32 of the WCL, parties may enter into a binding agreement settling upon and determining the compensation and other benefits due to the claimant. If approved by the Board, the settlement is binding on all the parties and not subject to appeal. Section 32 agreements can expedite the adjudication of issues or entire claims, while assuring the rights of the claimant and all other parties.
Another method to settle a claim is the Board's WISK Program (Walk-In Stipulation Calendar). When interested parties wish to settle matters quickly and equitably, the WISK program allows them to stipulate to certain findings and resolve claims. Upon reaching agreements, the parties may request time on the WISK to seek approval of the agreed upon terms from a Judge.
A third option of settling a claim is through a lump-sum settlement, which allows the parties to agree to a lump-sum amount to be paid to the claimant. A lump-sum settlement is considered closed unless there is a change in the claimant's condition that was not contemplated at the time of the agreement.