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There are two settlement methods: Stipulations with Request for Award ("stips") and Compromise and Release ("C&R").

See, too, Mandatory Settlement Conference and Structured Settlement

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Labor Code "The parties to a controversy may stipulate the facts relative thereto in writing and file such stipulation with the appeals board. The appeals board may thereupon make its findings and award...."  LC  §5702   
  Compromise and Release: Labor Code §§5000 et seq.


WCAB rules on settlement

WCAB Policy and Procedural Manual: rules on submission of pro per settlements and consideration of adequacy of all settlements

WCAB regs

Policy and Procedural Manual

Practice Tips While some injured workers may be desperate to settle, to pay debts or relocate, etc., it is best to wait until all or most treatment needed to cure or relieve from the efffects of the injury has been provided. Rushing to settlement may result in settling too low. See "Managing the Big Case: A How-To Guide" by Marjory Harris, Esq.   Much of what I have to say in this article also helps with the usual “little cases.”
Magazine Articles Settlement Analyzer by Marjory Harris, Esq.

Negotiation and Settlement in Workers’ Compensation by Michael McDonald, Esq.

Settlement Analyzer



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