December 2010


The following article highlights Workers’ Compensation claims in a State of Illinois prison. Click on this link.

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The Illinois Legislature is discussing potential changes to the Workers’ Compensation Act.

The proposed changes range from reducing the amount health care providers can charge for medical bills, to reducing the length of time an injured worker can recover for a wage differential.

Another change proposed is limiting the medical providers an injured worker can choose.

Business groups, insurance companies, labor unions, lawyers, and doctors all have different ideas for reforming the Work Comp law so there will much discussion and debate regarding the potential changes.

Remember, nothing becomes law until the House and Senate pass identical bills and the Governor signs it.

I will keep you posted about any changes to the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Act.


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to us a son is given,
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Isaiah 9:6

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all.


What if you have health insurance and you are injured on the job?

In Illinois, Work Comp insurance is sometimes slow to pay or authorize medical treatment.

Often the fastest way to get treatment is to run the treatment through your group health insurance.

The most important thing is to get your treatment and get back to work.

Do not worry if your health insurance has to pay. Workers’ Compensation insurance will have to reimburse or pay back your group health insurance company at the end of the case.

However, if your health insurance pays for Work Comp bills, then your settlement contracts will have to reflect that Work Comp is going to pay your insurance company back or you may end owing your health insurance for the bills. Be very careful about this.

Questions about your medical bills and Work Comp? Feel free to call Bloomington, Illinois Workmans Compensation Attorney Dirk May at 309-827-4371.


It is very frustrating when Work Comp companies will not fill your prescriptions in a timely manner.

It just does not make sense to have a hearing to order the insurance company to pay for your prescriptions.

Usually you will have to make multiple telephone calls, and wait a long time to get your prescriptions approved.

The easiest way I have found to get prescriptions for injured workers is to go through a mail order pharmacy. The pharmacy will negotiate with the Workers’ Compensation insurance company directly to pay the bills and mail the prescriptions to you. At the end of the case the pharmacy bill will resolved with the insurance company.

Questions about Workers’ Compensation and your bills, or settlement? Feel free to call Illinois Workers’ Compensation Lawyer Dirk May at 309-827-4371.


Some Workers’ Compensation Insurance companies give the impression or expressly tell you that you must go the doctor they send you to.

In Illinois, the Workers’ Compensation Law provides that the injured worker is allowed to go to 2 doctors of her choice and unlimited referrals.

When the insurance company sends you to a doctor this does not count as a doctor of your choice.

For example, say you get hurt at work and your supervisor calls an ambulance to take you to the local hospital. The hospital visit is not your choice.

If work wants you to see an occupational doctor, then this is also their doctor. You can choose to see a neck specialist to examine your injury. This is your first choice of doctor.

Assume that the neck specialist thinks your shoulder is also injured. He then refers you to a shoulder specialist. This is not your second doctor because your first doctor has referred you to the shoulder specialist. You still have a second doctor choice if you need it.

As you can see it can complicated. The main thing to remember is that you are not stuck with the insurance company doctor.

Questions about medical care and Workmans comp? Feel free to call Illinois Work Comp Lawyer Dirk May at 309-827-4371.