April 2011

Doctor convicted of health care fraud in Work Comp cases. Click here to read article.


There is a tremendous amount of uncertainty about what is going to happen with changes in the Illinois Workers’ Compensation law.

Some predictions in the near term in light of this uncertainty:

* Work Comp Insurance Companies will be tighter with their settlement offers. They think the law may become more favorable to them so they will hold onto their money.

* Arbitrators will be more conservative. They are under a microscope due to lots of media coverage, and politicians who love to pile on.

* Commissioners will be more conservative. See above. Plus they are appointed by the Governor and approved through the Illinois Senate. They are very sensitive to what is going on politically.

* There is going to be some type of change in the law. Politicians respond to controversy and the media. Plenty of both has happened in Work Comp this year. So there will be changes and maybe major changes.

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

Read the Springfield, Illinois State Journal Register Opinion regarding Work Comp Changes. Click here.

Illinois Work Comp reform bill sponsor seeks to open business in Metro East. Click here for discussion.

The Attorney General says the State of Illinois should turn over Work Comp information to a newspaper for its investigation. Click here to read article.

Time for a few tips in negotiating your Illinois Workers’ Compensation settlement.

Tip #1 It does not hurt to ask. You will not get what you do not ask for. The Insurance Company will make you an offer. Ask for more.

Tip#2 Ask for future medical coverage. All they will do is say no. You can come back with a set number for future medical.

Tip#3 Tell them you are willing to go to trial if you do not get what you want. The insurance company does not always want to go to trial. It costs them money to get a lawyer and increases their exposure.

Tip #4 It does not cost you any up front money to get a lawyer. All Workmans Comp fees are paid at the end of the case based on a percentage of the award. You can use this as leverage also. The Insurance Company has to pay their attorney by the hour.

Questions about your Work Comp case? Feel free to call Illinois Work Comp Attorney Dirk May at 309-827-4371.

Illinois State Senator discusses options after Work Comp reform bill defeated. Click here.

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