July 2008


  1. Go to your own doctor if you can. Sometimes the insurance company or your Employer will send you to their own doctor. You may need a second opinion. So the sooner, the better.
  2. Give the doctor a description of your accident in writing and in your own words. This will make sure that everyone knows it is work related.
  3. Give notice of your accident to your employer as soon as possible. This will make your life much easier later on.
  4. Treat with your doctor on a consistent basis. If you stop treating for a period of time and then go back to the doctor with more problems it raises red flags with the insurance company. Also get your doctor to provide you with off work slips at every visit.
  5. Do not settle until you are sure you are completely healed. If there is any question error on the side of caution. Once you settle, the case is over. No do overs.

Any questions call your Workers Compensation Attorney Dirk May at 309-827-4371; for Bloomington, Peoria, Springfield, and Champaign, Illinois.

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There may be many reasons that the Insurance Company has not made an offer to settle your Workers’ Compensation case, but just a few may be:

  • The insurance adjuster is lazy and has not taken the time to contact you
  • you did not provide a history of accident at work to your doctor
  • you are still receiving medical treatment
  • you have an unusual condition that is not readily connected to your work
  • the insurance adjuster hopes you will forget that are entitled to a settlement

If any of these reasons apply to you or you are wondering what is up with your Illinois Workman’s comp case give lawyer Dirk May a call at 309-827-4371.

All Illinois Workers’ Compensation settlements have to be put in writing in the form of a contract, and must be approved by an Arbitrator.

Once you settle your case with a settlement contract the following happens:

  • Your right to a trial is over,
  • If your condition worsens you will have no future medical coverage or compensation,
  • You will not receive any more money related to this injury,
  • If you are off work in the future because of your condition you will not receive any payments,
  • The only benefits you will receive are the ones spelled out in the contract.

That is why it is very important to understand what your contract says. Any questions about your offer or contract language please call Attorney Dirk May at 309-827-4371.

A hazard of the Workers Compensation law practice is there are a few clients who will tell you about their friend’s or neighbor’s outrageous settlement, and how they should get just as much.

The only problem is that is probably not true, or it is some urban legend they heard from a friend of a friend. The sad truth is that, in Illinois at least, you are not going to get rich from a Workers Compensation settlement. There is no pain and suffering award, and the settlement is tied to 60% of your average weekly wage for a limited number of weeks. Sometimes you can get lifetime benefits, also tied to your wage, if you are seriously injured and have proof of permanent restrictions that keep you from working.

However, you will not get rich from carpal tunnel cases and shoulder surgeries with no restrictions.

If you want to know the true value of your case, I will be glad to discuss it with you. Call Attorney Dirk May at 309-827-4371.