(a) A claim or issue may not be settled contrary to the provisions of the appeals panel decision issued on the claim or issue unless a party to the proceeding has filed for judicial review under this subchapter or Subchapter G. The trial court must approve a settlement made by the parties after judicial review of an award is sought and before the court enters judgment.
(b) The court may not approve a settlement except on a finding that:
(1) the settlement accurately reflects the agreement between the parties;
(2) the settlement adheres to all appropriate provisions of the law; and
(3) under the law and facts, the settlement is in the best interest of the claimant.
(c) A settlement may not provide for:
(1) payment of any benefits in a lump sum except as provided by Section 408.128; or
(2) limitation or termination of the claimant’s right to medical benefits under Section 408.021.
(d) A settlement or agreement that resolves an issue of impairment may not be made before the claimant reaches maximum medical improvement and must adopt one of the impairment ratings under Subchapter G, Chapter 408.
(e) A party proposing a settlement before judgment is entered by the trial court may petition the court orally or in writing for approval of the settlement.
(f) Settlement of a claim or issue under this section does not constitute a modification or reversal of the decision awarding benefits for the purpose of Section 410.209.
(g) Settlement of a claim or issue must be in compliance with all appropriate provisions of the law, including this section and Section 410.258 of this subchapter. A settlement which on its face does not comply with this section is void.
Acts 1993, 73rd Leg., ch. 269, § 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1993. Amended by Acts 1997, 75th Leg., ch. 1267, § 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1997; Acts 2003, 78th Leg., ch. 397, § 3, eff. Sept. 1, 2003.
Acts 2005, 79th Leg., Ch. 265 (H.B. 7), § 3.2001, eff. September 1, 2005.