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Can unsettling post-settlement events unsettle a settled workers’ compensation claim?

Florida’s First District Court of Appeal (DCA) recently confronted this question in a sympathetic case (Cordovez v. High-Rise Installation/Bridgefield; Fla.1st DCA 10/29/2010) forcing a closer look at the fine line between oft-encountered “buyer’s remorse” and more rarely encountered authentic grounds for doing the virtually unthinkable: setting aside a settlement and general release where unanticipated post-settlement events present dramatic new circumstances for one of the parties — almost always the injured worker in such circumstances.

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