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How long does it take, on the average, for a Workman's Comp. settlement to be processed?

Its been four months since I signed a settlement with Workman's Compensation (California). The settlement only needs to be signed by a judge for final approval. Should it normally take this long? Inquiries to my lawyer (on status of settlement) handling this case are fruitless.

5 years ago - 3 answers

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In the past, it would sometimes take over half a year to get a settlement approval, dependent on which worker's comp appeals board. Some were busier than others.

However, things are a little bit faster now and it shouldn't take 4 months to get an Order from the Judge. Every work comp board is now using EAMS (Electronic Adjudication Management System) which is a paperless system, making things faster and more efficient. Now the whole process should take LESS than 90 days, assuming that your attorney submitted the paperwork correctly. For example, settlement documents can only be signed in black ink, must be in proper format and codes, no periods or commas in certain lines, can't be bent or stapled, ect. (very annoying and complicated).

Assuming that you or your attorney have already submitted the papers for approval, call the Information Assistance officer at the WCAB. Here is their contact info www.dir.ca.gov/dwc/ianda.html

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Yep, it can easily take 6 - 9 months for a judge to get the final approval on it. Sorry.

by mbrcatz - 5 years ago

~Unfortunately I have heard people who have waited for 6 to 12 months. This is in California. It's a very slow process. About a month ago the W-comp board computerized all the forms and so any settlements going before a judge has to be regenerated on the computerized papers. Therefore, more delay.~~

by debijs - 5 years ago