August 2011


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The new Illinois Workers’ Compensation law sets a deadline of September 1, 2011.

This means that for injuries on or after September 1, 2011 new rules are in effect.

The old law applies for injuries before September 1, 2011.

The date the claim is filed does not matter.

The value of injuries after September 1, 2011 will likely be reduced.

A new standard of determining value kicks in and one of the factors is the AMA guidelines. This takes into account some medical factors which may make it more difficult to get a higher settlement.

The full effect of the new work comp law will not be known for another year or two.

The psychological effect will most likely be lower settlement offers from Work Comp insurance companies.

Let me know what you see if you have a work injury after September 1, 2011. Call me, Illinois Workman’s Comp Lawyer, Dirk May at 309-827-4371.

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Springfield, Illinois looking into ways to cut Work Comp claims and settlements. Click here to read article.


If you think your Work Comp injury is keeping you from working permanently, do you have to look for a job?

Yes, the best proof of not being able to work in Illinois Workers’ Compensation cases is a job search.

Some people do not want to look for a job because it takes too much time, or it is inconvenient, or you are on Social Security Disability.

Look at it this way: the settlement value of your case increases dramatically if you perform a job search and you cannot work.

You are not required to actually take the job if you do not want it.

The job search will take some effort and time, but it is solid proof of the extent of the damage you have suffered.

Questions about your Work Comp injury? Feel free to contact Illinois Workmans Comp Attorney Dirk May at 309-827-4371.

Lawyers and an Arbitrator charged with ethical violations in Illinois Workers’ Compensation cases face the music in disciplinary proceedings.
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Usually the only way to get future medical coverage in your Illinois Work Comp case is to take your case to trial.

This opens the door for you to seek work related future medical payments.

It does not mean you have insurance or guaranteed coverage.

You must ask the Workers’ Compensation insurance company for authorization.

They may deny you.

If you are denied, then you have to go back to trial to get your medical bills paid.

The review trial often takes longer than the original trial.

The whole process is long and drawn out.

However, it is worth it if you need a future surgery or other costly procedure.

If you think the possibility of costly treatment is remote, and you have health insurance you might decide that future medical coverage is not important to you.

Questions about your Work Comp injury? Feel free to call Illinois Workers Compensation Lawyer Dirk May at 309-827-4371.

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