February 2010

Most neck injuries in Illinois Workers’ Compensation cases involve herniated discs or bulging discs.

The most serious of these injuries result in surgeries to repair the disc, or a fusion surgery to repair several levels of the cervical spine.

Restrictions from the neck or cervical injuries usually involve restricted movement of the neck, or neck pain that radiates into the arms, or chronic pain resulting from the condition. Nerve pain or neuropathy is also another residual that often results.

Many injured workers with neck surgery have to take powerful pain medications that have side effects such as fatigue or loss of concentration. This can dramatically limit your ability to work.

Serious restrictions, or the need for ongoing medical treatment, or pain medications are important factors that must be taken care of in your Work Comp settlement contract.

You want to make sure that your future medical needs will be covered, and any reduced ability to work is addressed in the settlement.

Please feel free to contact me to discuss neck injuries and your Illinois Workers’ Compensation settlement.


In Illinois Work Comp, shoulder and arm injuries are common. However, it is important to know several things before you settle your case.

Shoulder and arm injuries come in various forms. Such as rotator cuff tears, labral tears, biceps tears, impingement, cubital tunnel, elbow injuries, and fractures. Usually the most serious injuries involve surgeries, and result in some form of restrictions.

The use of your arms and shoulders are a critical part of almost every job.

Before you settle your Work Comp claim you need to find out your restrictions. You also need to know if you need future surgeries or medical treatment, or medications. You will also need to know if you can keep doing your former job.

All of these factors- future medical needs, restrictions, job limitations- must be factored into your settlement.

Questions about shoulder and arm injuries, or other injuries and Illinois Workers Compensation claims?
Feel free to give me a call- Illinois Attorney Dirk May- at 309-827-4371.

In Illinois Workers’ Compensation Law restrictions related to your work injury are very important.

The restrictions can increase the value of your settlement.

The value increases because it shows concrete evidence of permanent partial disability, and limits the type of jobs you may be able to perform.

Some examples of restrictions are no lifting beyond 20 pounds, occasional use of the arms, or sit down work only.

The Workers’ Compensation Insurance Company should offer you more money based on your restrictions.

Feel free to contact me if you have any questions about your restrictions and Illinois Workers Comp.

What is with these Workers’ Compensation Companies not paying your medical bills?

They hope you will give up and not come after them.

To get your medical bills paid you will need to file a claim and come after them.

It is tough to be your own bill collector, but the choice is to go after the insurance company or have the hospital come after you.

Under Illinois Workers’ Compensation Law you are entitled to your medical bills to be paid, payment for time off work, and payment for the injury itself.

Questions about medical bills, or other Work comp issues in Illinois? Feel free to call me.