What state do you live in? The situation you are in would really vary immensely depending on where you live for starters. A W/C attorney would typically go for a good settlement, more assurance he/she will get their 40% or so cut out of a guaranteed settlement, as opposed to gambling on a hearing in which you could lose, and then the attorney would lose big time too.
If this lawyer is a W/C specialist, you should be in good hand, but I am concerned when you say you have had little communications. If a settlement is being proposed, there is no reason that the attorney shouldn't be telling you what amounts are being considered and how it would go down in the end. If he's thinking settlement, then he already has a number in mind.
Without knowing any the particulars of your case, it would be hard to even guess at what results a hearing would produce.
Certainly not an attorney, but as a former CFO, spent many years handling business law matters, including fighting W/C claims on behalf of the employers. So I have seen how the other side works.
My advice is to call or sit down with your attorney, and get him to spill the beans on what he is thinking/planning. You have a right to know, after all, he is working for you (and his cut of course), and not the other way around.
Good luck, I hope it goes well for you.
David in SC
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