Once your Illinois Workers’ Compensation trial is over the Arbitrator will write her decision.
This will take approximately 60 days.
Either side has the right to appeal the Arbitrator’s ruling.
The appeal involves written and oral arguments. No one testifies at the appeal level.
The Workers’ Compensation Commissioners (they are like Appellate Court Judges) will either agree with the Arbitrator or overturn her decision.
Once again both sides have the right to appeal to Circuit Court, the State Court of Appeals, and rarely to the Illinois Supreme Court.
This, of course, will take some time if it goes to all these different courts.
Fortunately, most Work Comp cases end after the trial, and almost all of them are done after the first appeal.
This means if you win the insurance company will pay you within 30 days.
Questions about Work Comp settlements or cases? Feel free to call Illinois Workmans Comp Attorney Dirk May at 309-827-4371.