What are the various types of Settlements that can be received in Iowa Workers' Compensation cases?

Full Commutation is a lump sum payment of all future payments that remain to by paid to a worker. This must be approved by the Iowa Workers' Compensation Commissioner. It must be evident that this in in the best interest of the Iowa worker and that a need exists for this to be granted. If approved, a full commutation ends all of the worker's rights to future benefits for the settled injury, and this includes medical benefits.

Partial Commutation is a lump sum payment of a portion of the Iowa worker's future benefits that remain. If approved by the Iowa Workers' Compensation Commissioner, this gives the worker the right to disability benefits, however it does not end the Iowa worker's rights to future benefits including medical benefits for the settled injury.

Agreement for Settlement is an agreement regarding the amount and schedule of payment due that the Iowa worker and the Iowa employer may file with the Iowa Workers' Compensation Commissioner. If the agreement is approved for settlement, it does not end the worker's rights to future benefits including medical benefits.

Compromise Settlement may be file with the Iowa Workers' Compensation Commissioner when there is a disagreement as to whether or not an Iowa worker has the right to Iowa work comp benefits. If it approved, it ends the Iowa worker's future rights to any benefits for the settled injury. Medical benefits remain under the jurisdiction of the commissioner.