Would I get more money from a settlement?

Asked in Quakertown, PA , on May 14, 2014

I have a work comp case open. My foot is still in bad shape and im thinking of seeing a psychiatrist because I feel depressed and stressed about it. Would seeing a psychiatrist make a possible future settlement larger or would it not matter?

Answered on May 15, 2014

I would say alot depends on the Judge, how your credibility is perceived and the expert you chose. I have actually heard judges say they are surprised more of these claims are not made. Other judges are skeptical no matter who you present. I think these claims do increase settlement value though, because it raises the specter of a longer claim and a more difficult condition to accommodate.