How long before one settles?

We had an employee who was hurt on the job in 2011. We had her on light duty for almost 6 mo's. No improvement. Her dr. Stated she has reached mmi, gone through the physical testing on the "machine". We sat down with her and tried to come up with accommodations that were within the dr's guidelines. We and she could not find an opening she could move in to, due to her restrictions(we are a manufacturing facility.)
it has been 5 months sicne she was terminated. Our adjuster has not heard anything from
the employees lawyer. Does this seem strange? What is the avg time it takes for a wc lawyer to counter offer a settlement offer? We are getting nervous, this could be a huge
settlement, but the silence is very annoying. Any insight will be appreciated.
We are located in alabama.



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