February 2013

Earlier this week I linked to a story about professional athletes who file workers’ compensation claims in California based on playing for a California team or being injured in the State.

Under Illinois Work Comp law you have certain options available to you for filing your claim in Illinois.

The technical term is having “jurisdiction” to file your claim in Illinois.

The reason it matters is that Illinois law has some of the best benefits in the country.

The recent changes in Illinois law have reduced the benefits available, yet Illinois still has much more favorable benefits than surrounding states and most states in the country.

Illinois Work Comp law provides that if you are hired in the State of Illinois you may elect to file your claim in Illinois even if you are injured in another state.

Illinois Work Comp law also provides that if you work in another state, but you are injured in Illinois you may still file your Work Comp claim in Illinois.

The smart thing to do is file your claim in Illinois if there is any way you can.

For example, if you play for the Indianapolis Colts and are injured at Soldier Field while playing against the Bears then you should file your Work Comp claim in Illinois. Indiana has horrible benefits so you definitely do not want to file there if at all possible.

Even if you have filed in another state and received a settlement it is sometimes possible to file in Illinois and seek a settlement here. There are some technical rules that must be complied with and the insurance company will be entitled to a credit for the other state’s settlement but it is worth it to gain the additional money.

Questions about filing a Work Comp claim in Illinois? Feel free to contact Illinois Work Comp Attorney Dirk May at 309-827-4371.


Gay partner of fallen trooper seeks benefits in case before Missouri Supreme Court : News.

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Very interesting case. Opens up all kinds of questions. What about Workers’ Compensation benefits? What about retirement benefits? What about Social Security Disability benefits? Illinois appears to be on the verge legalizing same sex marriage. This will intensify these issues.

Crushed Hand And Head Injury At Industrial Work Site.

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This is why people hire Work Comp lawyers. The only way to get what you are entitled to under the law is to show the insurance company you are willing to fight for your rights.

Report: Athletes cash in on Calif. workers' comp – MiningJournal.net | News, Sports, Jobs, Marquette Information | The Mining Journal.

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Yes, even professional athletes may be eligible for Workers’ Compensation claims.

North Carolina: Intentional Tort Action Against Wal-Mart Related to Death of Wal-Mart “Greeter” Barred by Exclusivity | the workcomp writer.

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This is similar to Illinois law. If injured at work you must file a Workers’ Compensation claim against your employer. Very narrow exceptions that also allow you to file suit against the employer in tort. You may also be able to find a third party defendant who was negligent to file suit against.

Why is the Workers’ Compensation insurance company making you such a low offer to settle your case?

What do you expect.

They are in the business of paying out as little as possible.

The value of the offer is based on your wage a year before the injury, the type of injury you have, the treatment you receive and your permanent limitations.

Once the Work Comp insurance makes you an offer you should ask for more money.

If they refuse, then you have a choice to seek an attorney.

Remember an attorney is only paid if you recover more money than the written offer from the insurance company.

You will need some leverage to get them the increase the offer.

A Work Comp lawyer will be able to explain to the insurance company why your claim is worth more money.

The insurance company also understands that if they have to hire a lawyer it will cost them more money to complete the claim.

Once you have an attorney there is always the threat of trial.

Insurance companies do not like the possibility of going to trial because it will cost them much more money to defend the case, and there is the potential that medical may be available to you in the future.

Do not give up after the initial offer.

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

Naperville construction worker rescued – chicagotribune.com.

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Dangerous jobs in dangerous places.

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