Some quick Workers’ Compensation tips to celebrate Labor Day.

1. Report your accident promptly. The written accident report can be very valuable later on in your case. The company cannot deny that you were hurt on the job if you report the injury right away.

2. Tell your doctor what happened. Giving the doctor all your problems and how the accident happened will protect you later when the insurance company wants to blame your back injury on some home project you did. If you injured more than one body part it also protects you from claims that all are not work related.

3. Get timely medical treatment. Do not put off treatment, or the Work Comp insurance company will blame your problems on something unrelated to your work injury. Stopping and starting treatment will just confuse the matter. Do not think it will go away. Do not stop treatment to soon. You get the picture.

4. Be realistic. Workers’ Compensation settlements are not lottery tickets. They cover you for your injury. Most cases will not put you on easy street. The neighbor down the street who received $500,000 for a carpal tunnel case is not telling the truth.

5. It does not hurt to ask. You will never know what the insurance company will do unless you ask. They may throw in some extra money for future medical, or to make you go away.

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