What are the types of Settlements?
Full Commutation (85.45, 85.47)
A full commutation is a lump sum payment of all remaining future benefits. When approved, a full commutation ends all of the employee’s future rights to any additional benefits, including medical benefits. In order for a commutation to be approved by the workers' compensation commissioner, it must be shown that the employee has a specific need and that the lump sum is in the employee’s best interest.
Partial Commutation (85.45, 85.47, 85.48)
A partial commutation is a lump sum payment of a portion of the remaining future benefits. When approved, a partial commutation establishes the employee’s entitlement to disability benefits, but it does not end the employee’s future rights.
Agreement for Settlement (86.13)
The parties may enter into an agreement as to the amount and extent of compensation payment due and file it with the workers' compensation commissioner. The approval of the agreement for settlement does not end the employee’s future rights or medical benefits.
Compromise Settlement (85.35)
When there is a dispute as to whether or not the employee is entitled to benefits, a compromise settlement may be filed with the workers' compensation commissioner. Approval of a compromise settlement ends the employee’s future rights to any benefits for the settled injury, including medical.
Division of Workers' Compensation site
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