In 1992 I received a permanent Partial disability of 7 ½% for a back injury that occurred on my job.
After returning to work I retained a lawyer and was awarded a Partial settlement
The lawyer took 1/3 of the settlement for his contingency fee.
I was advised by the lawyer to NOT settle for the final amount until I separated from the company as they would still be responsible for any future medical costs that may arise in reference to the injury.
I am now 56 years old and have recently taken an early retirement package after 36 years of employment and no longer work for the company.
I have all of the paperwork marked partial settlement and have all of the original documents dates and case numbers.
1. Is this settlement still valid?
2. How do I go about applying for the final settlement? Do I need a lawyer?
3. Is there any reason to not apply for final settlement at this point?
4. If I do make a final settlement will this put any future medical insurance needs in jeopardy?