I have a friend who was injured on the job in June 2003. He sustained a cervical herniated disk and is in a lot of pain all the time. He tells me the Insurance company is ready to settle, to pay for his surgery and to have it done. But so far, his lawyer has not communicated with him in the last couple of months and has come to him with any dollar amount the company is willing to pay. He doesn't want to consent to the surgery unless the company give's him a "fair" settlement amount. The problem is, he wants to get an idea of what "fair" is. He doesn't want to settle for less than he's entitled to. His case is going on a year now, and he's experienced depression, anxiety attacks, you name it. Does anyone out there have any advice on this PLEASE. We're in California if that helps any.