June 2013


'It was like a chess game': Sheriff says secrecy key to investigation of judge's cocaine death | County courthouse scandal | News Democrat.

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Tragic and disturbing story.

It is not fun being injured at work, trying to recover and worrying about the future.

You also need to know how to deal with an unusual law and what to do if you cannot fully recover.

In Illinois the Workers’ Compensation law changed for injuries after August 31, 2011.

The value of these injuries and the resulting settlements are not really clear.

One of the best things you can do to protect yourself and potentially improve the settlement value of your case is to make sure you consistently go to the doctor.

This protects you from allegations that you have reached your maximum medical improvement and that any more treatment is unrelated to your work injury.

The other thing you should do is tell the doctor about all your problems and limitations.

For instance, my leg continues to swell after the surgery and I have to elevate it with a pillow on the couch for 15 minutes three times a day.

This is important because it will show up in the medical records and reinforce your credibility when you testify at trial.

It also shows that you have some type of permanent problem that is related to your work injury.

What you tell your doctor is very important to your case.

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

Opening still set for summer after worker falls, dies | News-Gazette.com.

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What a tragic accident.

WorkersCompensation.com CompNewsNetwork – Employee v. Employer: Who Gets The Shortest End of the Work Comp Stick.

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Which side do you fall on?

Doctors still cannot find the cause or cure for many injuries or conditions.

2013 – 06/20/2013 – Environmental Enterprises cited for 22 violations after worker dies from burns suffered at Cincinnati hazardous waste treatment facility.

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If there is a bad way to die, this is not so good.

WorkersCompensation.com CompNewsNetwork – 6-21-13 Pennsylvania Update–Update on PA Facebook Decision.

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The bottom line is that you use Facebook at your own risk when you have a Workers’ Compensation case, personal injury case or Social Security Disability case pending.

A few unofficial thoughts and observations about recent trends in Illinois Workers’ Compensation cases.

Cases filed appeared to be heading downwards.

In Fiscal Year 2008, 57,000 cases were filed.

In Fiscal Year 2011, 50,000 cases were filed.

In 2013 there have been approximately 15,000 cases filed through May.

Just from observing different docket calls in downstate Illinois and talking with other lawyers, the number of people settling cases without a lawyer are down.

What does all this mean?

Maybe insurance companies are telling injured workers that the changes in the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Act are more extreme than they really are.

Maybe insurance companies are telling injured workers that their case is not worth anything.

Maybe insurance companies are telling injured workers that they can be their medical bills but not offer anything for a settlement.

These things are not true.

Settlement values are trending down somewhat, but it does not mean that your case has little or no value.

What you should do is check with an experienced Illinois Work Comp attorney to find out the approximate value of your case.

You have nothing to lose in doing this.

Work Comp lawyers do not get paid unless you recover money.

It is better to get the settlement value you deserve, then to leave money on the table.

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

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