November 2010



No matter what life has dealt us, it is proper and right to give thanks.

As Psalm 92 reminds us: It is good to give thanks to the Lord, to sing praises to the Most High.

God has given us life, hope and redeemed us.

Have a good Thanksgiving.

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In Illinois Workers’ Compensation cases, body parts are given a value in terms of weeks.

For instance, the back is worth 500 weeks.

This is an example of a settlement:

Assume you have a surgery that is worth 20 percent of the back. 20 percent of 500 weeks equals 100 weeks.

Assume your average weekly wage is $500 per week. The Work Comp Law says you are entitled to 60 percent of your average weekly wage or $300 per week in this example.

$300 times 100 weeks equals $30,000. That is the value of your settlement.

As we have discussed in other posts, the nature of your injury, the type of surgery, and your restrictions make a difference in the amount of your settlement.

Questions about the value of your Workman’s Compensation case? Feel free to call Illinois Workers’ Compensation Lawyer Dirk May at 309-827-4371.


Job searches are very important in Illinois Workers’ Compensation cases.

If your work injury results in permanent restrictions and you cannot return to your old job, then a job search may be necessary.

The job search will show what jobs are available to you and what the job market will pay you.

This is a true test of how your limitations reduce your wages.

For instance, if you made $30 an hour before your injury, and $10 an hour after your injury then you are entitled to what is called a wage differential.

The only way to tell what you will make after your injury is to search for a job and get hired.

Questions about job searches, settlements and Workmans Compensation? Feel free to call Illinois Workers’ Compensation Lawyer Dirk May at 309-827-4371.


In Illinois you can continue receiving your Workers’ Compensation payments if you need help finding a job due to your work injury.

To do this you must request Vocational Rehabilitation from the Work Comp insurance company.

Vocational Rehabilitation is a fancy term for a job search.

The insurance company will hire a vocational counselor to help you put a resume together, find job leads, and prepare you for the interviews.

You must cooperate with the vocational expert and put your best efforts into finding a job that fits your restrictions.

The advantage for the injured worker is that you will continue to be paid Workers Compensation benefits, and the value of your case increases depending on the outcome of your job search.

Questions about Workmans Compensation payments, job searches, and vocational experts? Feel free to call Illinois Workers’ Compensation Attorney Dirk May at 309-827-4371.