March 2011



The most important part of your Workers’ Compensation case is not how fast you get your settlement.

The money will soon be gone, but the problems and pain from your injury may continue to linger and flare up.

Once you settle your Workmans Compensation case your medical treatment is over.

Then you either have to have medicare or your health insurance pay for the future medical.

The only way to get future medical covered is to win a trial before the Arbitrator. This provides the opportunity for the injured worker to request medical treatment if it is related to the original injury.

Remember to choose wisely. A quick settlement may not be the best option for you.

Your future medical treatment may be worth a lot more to you in the long run.

Questions about your Workers’ Compensation settlement? Feel free to contact Illinois Work Comp Attorney Dirk May at 309-827-4371.

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Your Workers’ Compensation Trial is a very important event.

Here are some tips to think about before your trial.

  • Do not argue. The insurance company attorney will sometimes try to make you upset. This does not help you. Stay calm and stick to the facts.
  • Slow down. The Arbitrator and the court reporter need to understand your testimony. If you get nervous and talk to fast, or mumble this will make it difficult for the Arbitrator and court reporter to follow you.
  • Think about the question before you answer. It does not help to go off on a tangent, or not answer the question asked.
  • Do not exaggerate. You must tell the truth.
  • Do not down play your condition. The Arbitrator needs to understand how your condition limits you today.

Remember, your Workers’ Compensation trial is your chance to explain how your accident happened and how it has effected your life.

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

Another Illinois arbitrator has filed a Workers’ Compensation claim. Click here for the article

Interesting times make interesting cases. Check out this Connecticut article.

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