I am well on my way to settlement with an Insurance Company (IC) for back injury in May 2007. Received good treatment, was declared P & S after 2 years and stated settlement talks with IC even though we didn't agree on Permanent Rating. I consulted an attorney but based on the knowledge I had gained from many different resources, he felt I could continue on my own with a Compromise and Release with the IC. I beat the IC down until I got a settlement offer I could agree on and signed the C&R in late November, 2009.
Today I received a "notice of representation" letter (legal document) from an attorney's office representing the IC in from of the Workers Comp Appeals Board. I am assuming but wanted to check in here, that my paperwork has finally made it through the pipe and is getting ready to appear before a Workers Comp Judge for approval of my settlement. As I am not represented by a lawyer, this is a surprising notice to receive, and am wondering if this is a normal course of action. Or is there any action that I need to pursue?
Any one with experience on settling with a C&R without an attorney who could help enlighten me on the process of the C&R once it is signed by both parties would be great. Or someone who was represented also. :-) I am looking for information on how long it takes for a judge to approve the settlement (i.e. months, years) and is it normal for me to receive this notice of representation.
-Jen in Ramona, CA