When accepting a workers’ compensation settlement, affected employees need to understand they are making a decision that could well impact the rest of their lives. Courts consider these “clincher” agreements to be binding, enforceable contracts. That means regardless of whatever complications or circumstances arise afterward, the agreement is going to stand.
That’s why it’s imperative that all possibly foreseeable expenses and outcomes be carefully weighed by claimant’s attorney before approving the terms.
Recently before the Alaska Supreme Court was the case of Municipality of Anchorage v. Stenseth. Here, claimant had to repay the city a portion of benefits and costs relating to his workers’ compensation claim after he was caught distributing some of the medications he received as part of the settlement. Continue reading