Work Compensation Settlement Amount

Russ Haugen

What will my work compensation settlement amount be?

Inevitably, almost every injured worker will eventually ask this question….What is my workers’ compensation case worth?  The question about the work compensation settlement amount may come at the initial consultation, or within a few months after hiring an attorney, or the question may come once the injured worker has completed all of their treatment.  At whatever point the question is asked, the answer is typically the same…it depends.  There are many factors that determine how much an injured worker is entitled to at the end of their case.

Factors that impact the settlement amount

  • The ultimate diagnosis of the injury
  • The length of treatment
  • The length of time you miss work
  • The number of surgeries you undergo
  • The amount of your wages at the time of the injury
  • If you are able to return to your normal job
  • If you are given permanent restrictions
  • Any AMA impairment ratings given by a qualified physician
  • Your age at the time of the injury

Since most of the above factors are unknown immediately after the accident, it is very difficult to provide an answer regarding the value of a potential settlement from the outset.  Of course, an experienced workers’ compensation attorney can provide an educated guess; however, that work compensation settlement amount can increase or decrease based on any changes during the case.

The insurance company or the attorney they hire can also have an impact on these factors. They will intentionally build up a defense in an attempt to minimize an injured worker’s settlement amount. They can schedule an injured worker for a Sect. 12 examination which typically minimizes the injury and the amount of any disability. They can also hire a private investigator to obtain surveillance on the injured worker in an attempt to minimize your injury or refute the complaints you are making to your own doctor.

Since so many of these factors are out of the injured worker’s control, the best thing to do is focus on your treatment and let your attorney fight for you to obtain the maximum work compensation settlement amount you are entitled to at the end of your case.  If you have any questions regarding your settlement amount or any other questions regarding your work injury, contact the attorneys at Woodruff Johnson & Evans.

FAQ What is my workers’ compensation case worth?


From day one, Russell Haugen and Woodruff Johnson & Evans handled the work comp case with empathy and diligence. Highly recommended.

I would definitely recommend Woodruff Johnson & Evans to anyone I know that need legal help with a worker’s comp issue. From day one I’ve felt comfortable and was always kept informed on what was going on with my case. Mr. Haugen was always pleasant and empathetic to my case and worked diligently. I would […]

Shelia W

Jay Johnson is a good communicator and speaks to his clients in a language they can understand.

Jay always answers or returns my calls promptly. Jay is able to share information about my claim in a non-lawyer kind of way.

Chris J.

Fighting for My Workers Compensation with Attorney Lee Alhambra Gave Me Peace Of Mind And Victory.

I Had A Nasty Tumble/Fall On A Cushioned Mat Behind A Desk At Work. I Had Been Totally Misinformed And Misled By Employers About Making A Full Recovery And Legal Processes. I Did Not Understand Any Legal Issues. I Contacted Woodruff Johnson & Evans And Spoke With Leandro A. Alhambra. Lee Explained To Me How […]

Karen K

Jay Johnson Helped Me Through A Nightmare of a Lawsuit

I just want to thank Woodruff Johnson & Evans Attorney Jay Johnson and his legal secretary, Annie,  for helping me through this whole lawsuit nightmare. I appreciate your time and effort, and YES, I would  highly recommend you to anyone.

Tammy B

It was a pleasure working with Russell Haugen and the legal team at Woodruff Johnson & Evans!

It was a pleasure working with Russ and his team!!! They explained everything thoroughly and helped me with all my needs during this difficult time! I was happy with the outcome, they were a great referral to me and I will gladly refer this office on to others!

Noelia M.

I would like to thank Dexter & the whole Woodruff team on representing me.

Would like to thank Dexter & the whole Woodruff Johnson & Evans legal team for representing me. Dex, I really appreciate you for standing on my behalf with this long journey.

Kennesha W.

Jay Johnson was on top of everything when I had issues, and kept me informed, would recommend!

Jay Johnson was on top of everything when I had issues, and kept me informed, would recommend!

Timothy T

I have complete trust, confidence and satisfaction in Attorney Russell Haugen.

I have been represented by a number of lawyers in the last 3 years with no satisfaction and no confidence. That changed when Russell Haugen took my case. Russell updated me regularly and truthfully worked on my behalf. With Russell’s council, I received a fair settlement for my losses. I have complete trust, confidence and […]

Dennis C

Lee Alhambra: kind and patient when explaining things, and a calmness that is soothing in stressful situations.

Want to say thank you to Attorney Leandro Alhambra for not just being a good lawyer but for being kind and patient when explaining things. He has calmness that is soothing in stressful situations.


Lee Alhambra will represent you well and will fight for your case. Highly Recommended.

Very professional, detailed and courteous. My case was handled with ease and I’m very grateful! Woodruff Johnson & Evans Law Offices will represent you well and fight for you. Leandro Alhambra is a lawyer I would highly recommend.

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