March 2010


Lawyer fees in Illinois Workers Compensation case are often misunderstood.

You can get a lawyer to help you without paying any up front legal fees. This is called a contingent fee. In other words, you do not have pay anything unless the lawyer wins money for you. You pay at the end of the case.

In Illinois, the fee is limited to 20% of your recovery.

That is not bad, considering that recoveries can be worth thousands of dollars. They can also result in payment of medical bills and cover future medical.

Questions about legal fees, or ways a lawyer may be able to help you in your work injury case? Feel free to call me, Illinois Work Comp Lawyer, Dirk May at 309-827-4371.

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There is free tax help available throughout Central Illinois.

This is important because you may be able to get money from the Earned Income Tax Credit. You do not have to have any tax due to take advantage of this program.
In other words, you do not have to pay any tax and you get a refund through the Earned Income Tax Credit.

In the Bloomington, Illinois area contact Heartland Community College. In Champaign, Illinois contact Parkland Community College or the Champaign Public Library. In Springfield, Illinois contact Lincoln Land Community College or the Springfield Public Library. In Peoria, Illinois contact Illinois Central Community College or the Peoria Public College.

Many people who are seeking Workers’ Compensation or who are receiving Workers’ Compensation benefits may be able to receive additional money if they file a tax return.

The most asked questions in Illinois Workers’ Compensation cases are: How much is my case worth?, and How long will my case take?

The honest answer is that we do not always know.

The value of the case cannot be determined until you are done with your medical treatment, and your final restrictions are decided. The value of your case also depends on your average weekly wage. The Work Comp law requires your wage to be based on your pay for the 52 weeks before your injury. This means that someone with a lower paying job will have a smaller settlement than someone with the same injury at a high wage job.

How long your case takes depends on how long it takes you to heal, and when the doctor releases you. You cannot settle your case until medical treatment is complete.

If the insurance company is denying your claim, and you need a trial to have the judge decide your case, then your case may take some time to be prepared for trial.

More questions about your Illinois Work Comp case? Feel free to give me a call at 309-827-4371. Ask for Dirk

In Illinois Workers’ Compensation, the most serious leg and knee injuries involve surgeries for acl tears or meniscus tears, or fractures.

Restrictions resulting from serious knee and leg injuries can include limited sitting, standing, and potentially lifting restrictions. You may also need to use a cane, walker or wheelchair.

You may also need long term pain medications, medical equipment, or knee replacements.

You can see that these restrictions may seriously restrict your work abilities. They may also result in future medical costs.

Your settlement should address future medical needs and any work limitations you may have.

Questions about leg and knee injuries at work? Please feel free to give Illinois Work Comp lawyer Dirk May a call at 309-827-4371.