September 2010

Workman’s Compensation Insurance Companies in Illinois often do not want to pay for medical treatment, including prescriptions.

Why not?

The Insurance Companies know that small dollar treatment is a pain to  fight over. If they deny treatment or prescriptions the only alternative is to pay for it yourself or go to court.

Going to court will often cost you more than the value of the prescriptions.

However, there are some alternatives.

Some private companies have begun to provide mail order prescriptions directly to the injured worker. They seek payment from the Work Comp insurance  company and at the end of the case.

This makes life much easier for you, and gets your prescription filled promptly.

Questions about getting your Workers’ Compensation prescription filled? Feel free to call Illinois Workers’ Compensation Attorney Dirk May at 309-827-4371.


Someone called the other day with the question “Does the Insurance Company have to give me a settlement offer?”

The Work Comp company does not have to give you a settlement offer.

But you are entitled to a settlement if you are injured on the job.

Workman’s Compensation Companies prey on people’s lack of knowledge. Many people think they are entitled only to medical bills and time off pay.

You are also entitled to a settlement or permanent partial disability pay.

The way you should approach the company is to make an opening demand for you settlement. This places the ball in their court to respond, and makes them respond to your offer.

Questions about settlements and what you should demand? Feel free to call Illinois Workers Comp Lawyer Dirk May at 309-827-4371.

The annual Parenting and Disabilities Expo has been set for October 5, 2010. The hours are 6:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M.

The location is Bloomington, Illinois High School Student Center.

The focus of the Expo is Children and Adults with Disabilities.

There will be over 30 exhibitors, and over 200 people attended last year.

The Expo is very informative, and a great way to meet people dealing with disabilities and  who provide access to services that may be very helpful to you.

Access Allies of Bloomington Normal and The Transition Planning Committee are putting on the Expo.

Any questions about the Expo? Feel free to call Illinois Workers Compensation Attorney Dirk May at 309-827-4371.

Someone asked the other day whether the Workers’ Compensation Insurance Company could close your case without the injured worker’s permission.

The insurance company can close their own case but you still have your rights to recovery as long as you file an application of claim with the Illinois Industrial Commission.

An application of claim is different from having a case with the Insurance Company. The only way to protect your Work Comp rights in Illinois is to file an application of claim. If you do not settle your case within the Statute of Limitations you will lose your right to recovery. So you must be careful.

Someone also asked whether the Workers’ Compensation Insurance Company could write something on the back of the check or trick you into signing your rights away? This cannot happen in Illinois. You must sign a pink settlement contract to close out your case. No waivers or magic words on the back of a check can do away with your settlement or Work Comp rights.

Questions about your Illinois Work Comp case or settlement? Feel free to call Illinois Workmans Compensation Lawyer Dirk May at 309-827-4371.