§ 28-33-25.1 Settlement of disputed cases.
Notwithstanding the provisions of §§ 28-33-25 and 28-33-26, in cases
where liability of the employer for payment of workers' compensation benefits
has not been finally established, the parties may submit a settlement proposal
to the workers' compensation court for approval. If, upon consideration, a
judge of the workers' compensation court deems the settlement proposal to be in
the best interest of the parties, including the employee, employer, insurance
carrier, and where applicable the center for Medicare and Medicaid services
(CMS) as their interests may apply, the judge may approve the settlement.
Payment by the employer or insurer shall not be deemed to be the payment of
workers' compensation benefits, but shall be considered a compromise payment of
a disputed claim. The settlement and payment pursuant to it shall not be
subject to liens set forth in § 28-33-27(b). Upon payment, the employer
and insurer shall be entitled to a duly executed release that fully and finally
absolves and discharges the employer and insurer from any and all liability
arising out of the claimed injury.
(P.L. 1990, ch. 332, art. 1, § 8; P.L. 2004, ch. 273, § 3; P.L. 2004, ch. 293, § 3.)