December 2009


A belated Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

I know it can be a tough time of year when you are dealing with insurance companies and injuries and the holidays.

But I found a nice collections of writings from the 19th Century English Pastor Charles Spurgeon. I like this brief excerpt: If He remembers even the sparrows, will He forget one of His children? “Cast your burden on the Lord and He shall sustain you; He shall never permit the righteous to be moved” (Psalm 55:22)

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You do not have to talk to Worker’s Compensation Insurance Companies about your work injuries.

There is no law or rule that requires you to give a statement to a Work Comp adjuster.

In fact, a statement to an insurance company employee or a recorded statement can do your case a lot of harm.

The Workers Compensation companies use the statements against when you try to settle your case, or when you go to trial.

They try to make it look like you are changing your story.

No matter what do not fill out any forms or give a statement while you are in the hospital or under the influence of medications.

It is a lot harder to get out of what you wrote or said months or years earlier, then to seek the advice of your lawyer and have them talk to the Workers Compensation insurance company on your behalf.

Back injuries are tricky. Especially when you have had a surgery. No one can really predict what the future will hold for continued problems or the need for additional treatment.

That is why it is very important to think long and hard about whether you want to settle an operated back case in Illinois. Once you settle the case it is over. You may have future back problems and needs for treatment that will not be covered through Workers’ Compensation insurance.

If you are concerned about the future you need to think about having a trial to protect your ability to seek future medical treatment.

Illinois Workers’ Compensation trials are usually over in less than an hour. They take some work and time to prepare, however it may be well worth it to protect your rights in the future.

If you have questions about whether you need a trial for your work injury please call me, Bloomington, Illinois Work Comp Attorney Dirk May.

Waiting for your Illinois Workers’ Compensation settlement sure seems like it takes forever. What is up?

The insurance company lawyer has to get approval for everything from the insurance company adjuster. The adjuster works somewhere separate from the attorney. Some adjusters are good and some are bad regarding responding to offers.

The only option when the insurance company is slow in responding is to set the case for trial. This does not necessarily speed things up, but it shows you are serious and the insurance company has to spend their money on their lawyer.

Eventually you may have to prepare for trial to get an offer. This will cost you extra money because you will have to pay a doctor to testify on your behalf. But you may have to do this to get the offer you want.