The time it takes to get a worker's compensation settlement ultimately depends on how long it takes the injured worker to recover, as the final disability the worker will experience must be known, and the worker's state's process for legal proceedings for such cases also has an effect on the time, notes Rehm, Bennett & Moore Attorneys At Law. Although each case is unique, a year from when the worker first filed the case is a common time estimate for a settlement.
Workers who face minor injuries typically have a shorter wait for the settlement, as the recovery is shorter (typically 3 to 6 months), notes Rehm, Bennett & Moore Attorneys At Law. The recovery time can exceed a year for serious injuries. There is additional time required for the legal proceeds and any negotiation on the settlement, NOLO states.