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.