Back injuries are usually the trickiest cases in Illinois Workers’ Compensation Law.

The problem is that doctors cannot really predict what the future holds.

You may need more surgery. You may need pain medications for the rest of your life. You may need injections.

If you settle your Work Comp case, then you are finished. You must find the way to pay for any future treatment for your back.

The only way to make sure you at least have a chance at future medical treatment for your back is to have a trial.

But if you have changed jobs, then the insurance company will blame any future problems on your new work activities. The Work Comp insurance company will also blame getting older as a cause your problems.

This is the dilemma you face when deciding whether to settle your Work Comp case.

Sometimes you can use the possibility of going to trial for your open medical as leverage against the Insurance Company.

Questions about back injuries and Work Comp settlements? Feel free to call Illinois Attorney Dirk May at 309-827-4371.