August 2008

What exactly are lifetime benefits? 

In Illinois it is called permanent total disability. Which means you can no longer work as a result of your work injury.

This would entitle you to weekly payments for the rest of your life.

To get lifetime benefits it helps to have the following:

  • have medical records from your doctor that show you can no longer work, or that you have severe restrictions such as limited lifting(10 pounds or under), limitations on work hours, or a combination of limitations
  • have a vocational expert’s report that provides the opinion you are unable to work due to your medical restrictions, age, education and work history
  • have a job search over several months that results in your inability to find a job.

Think you may be permanently disabled as a result of your work injury? Give me a call to discuss your case. Call Attorney Dirk May at 309-827-4371.


A pre-trial is when the Arbitrator listens to both sides explain the person’s injury and the medical treatment that has been provided and the person’s condition. 

The purpose of the pre-trial is to ask the Arbitrator’s opinion regarding the value of your case.

It is helpful if the only or main issue is what your case is worth. Sometimes insurance companies do not want to pay full value and this is a way to send a message to them that the value of your case according to the Arbitrator is more than they think.

Pre-trial are usually not helpful if you need future medical, or the accident is in dispute.

The Arbitrator’s opinion is not binding. In other words, either side can reject what the Arbitrator says. However, keep in mind the Arbitrator is the person who will ultimately decide the case. He may remember what he said the value was and stick with it.

If you think a pre-trial may be helpful in your case, please call me to discuss, Attorney Dirk May at 309-827-4371.

Taking a short summer break and I came across a book called Thank You Power by Deborah Norville. It is pretty new so you can get it on Amazon, or I picked it up from the Public Library.

It is better than a self-help book. Some scientific research supports that focusing on daily events that you can be thankful for helps us deal with setbacks, problems and troubles. The author takes you through a series of people who overcome, and reminds us that there are many things we can give thanks for each day.

Not earth shattering stuff, but a good reminder for those of us facing daily trials and life changing situations.