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Compensation; lump-sum settlements; conclusiveness;
lump-sum settlement by agreement of the parties pursuant
to section 48-139 shall be final and not subject to readjustment if the settlement
is in conformity with the Nebraska Workers' Compensation Act, unless the settlement
is procured by fraud. All awards of compensation made by the compensation
court, except those amounts payable periodically, shall be final and not subject
- Laws 1913, c. 198, § 41, p. 597;
- R.S.1913, § 3682;
- Laws 1917, c. 85, § 17, p. 213;
- Laws 1921, c. 122, § 1, p. 527;
- C.S.1922, § 3064;
- C.S.1929, § 48-141;
- Laws 1935, c. 57, § 26, p. 200;
- C.S.Supp.,1941, § 48-141;
- R.S.1943, § 48-140;
- Laws 1975, LB 187, § 5;
- Laws 1986, LB 811, § 58;
- Laws 1989, LB 410, § 1;
- Laws 1993, LB 757, § 11;
- Laws 2009, LB630, § 7.Effective Date: May 27, 2009
1. Lump-sum settlement2. Approval3. Miscellaneous1. Lump-sum settlement
- Lump sum settlement is not final unless approved as required by act. Miller v. Schlereth, 151 Neb. 33, 36 N.W.2d 497 (1949).
- Lump sum settlement must conform
to statutory requirements, including filing copy with and approval by
compensation court. Ashton v. Blue River Power Co., 117 Neb. 661, 222
N.W. 42 (1928).
- One relying upon lump sum
settlement must bring himself within statute. Ostegaard v. Adams &
Kelly Co., 113 Neb. 393, 203 N.W. 564 (1925).
- Lump sum settlement is final, and
is not subject to modification as in case of periodic payments. Bailey
v. United States Fidelity & Guaranty Co., 99 Neb. 109, 155 N.W. 237
- Lump sum settlements in workers'
compensation actions cannot be modified in the future or be considered
when determining future workers' compensation awards, because such
awards are "final." Dukes v. University of Nebraska, 12 Neb. App. 539,
679 N.W.2d 249 (2004).
provisions in this section which bar proceedings to modify an award of
compensation payable periodically over a period of less than six months
are invalid as an unreasonable classification. Snyder v. IBP, Inc., 229
Neb. 224, 426 N.W.2d 261 (1988).
- Where settlement was never
approved by workmen's compensation court, it was ineffective to defeat
claim for compensation. Riggins v. Lincoln Tent & Awning Co., 143
Neb. 893, 11 N.W.2d 810 (1943).
- An agreement to pay compensation
must be approved by compensation court or it is void, and part payment
will not make such agreement actionable at common law. Duncan v. A.
Hospe Co., 133 Neb. 810, 277 N.W. 339 (1938).
- Compensation commissioner has
exclusive original jurisdiction of claims arising under compensation
law. Zurich General Accident & Liability Ins. Co. v. Walker, 128
Neb. 327, 258 N.W. 550 (1935).
- Award is subject to modification,
if it covers period over six months, part of which has elapsed at time
award is made. Harmon v. J. H. Wiese Co., 121 Neb. 137, 236 N.W. 186
- If court finds disability will
not continue for more than six months and fixes compensation therefor,
court cannot at subsequent term change that judgment, but, if finding
is that disability will continue for more than six months, court may,
upon application, modify after six months expires. Hanley v. Union
Stock Yards Co., 100 Neb. 232, 158 N.W. 939 (1916).
finding by the Workers' Compensation Court that an alleged injury is
covered by the Workers' Compensation Act is not necessarily a
prerequisite to a settlement agreement which includes a program of
vocational rehabilitation paid for by the employer or its insurer.
Miner v. Robertson Home Furnishing, 239 Neb. 525, 476 N.W.2d 854 (1991).