Some Illinois Workers’ Compensation cases take a long time to settle or go to trial.

How do you explain this?

Some people are seriously hurt so it takes a long time to reach maximum medical improvement.

You cannot settle your case or have a final decision on it until you have completed your medical treatment.

Some people can no longer work at their old job or any job.

If the insurance company disputes your ability to return to work, then you will need to undergo vocational training and a job search.

This can take up to a year.

If you cannot agree on a settlement with the workers’ compensation insurance company, then you will need to have a trial.

Doctors’ depositions are usually necessary for trial. It takes anywhere from 3 to 6 months to schedule the depositions.

Once you have a trial it takes 2 to 3 months for the Arbitrator to write the decision.

Either side can appeal the Arbitrator’s decision. It may take up to one year for the appeal to be ruled upon. If there is an appeal to Circuit Court and Appellate Court this may take several more years.

This may explain why Work Comp cases take some time.

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