January 2014

What should you do if you get a Workers’ Compensation Settlement offer, or if the insurance company does not make you an offer?

The most important thing to know is that pursuant to Illinois Law you are entitled to a settlement if you are injured on the job.

The settlement may vary from a small amount to a very large sum, but you are entitled to something.

Once you receive an offer you should check with an experienced Workers’ Compensation Attorney.

A lawyer can explain the value of your case and whether the insurance company is making a fair offer.

Some Work Comp insurance companies will tell that your case is not worth anything, or they will fail to make any offer and hope you go away.

If this happens you need to hire a lawyer and go after your settlement.

The advantage to hiring a Work Comp lawyer is that it does not cost you anything until you make a recovery.

The fee is 20 percent of your recovery.

You need to protect yourself because insurance companies are taking advantage of people who do not understand the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Law.

Make sure that you check with an experienced Illinois Work Lawyer to protect your rights and get the settlement you deserve.

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


WorkersCompensation.com CompNewsNetwork – Broadspire® Transitional Duty Return-To-Work: Thinking Outside The Box.

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I have heard of some people on light duty who are placed with a local charity. Anyone else have this experience?

BART police chief identifies officer who mistakenly killed sergeant – latimes.com.

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Tragic accident. This is an example of a Workers’ Compensation claim even though it was a mistake. Peace and comfort to the families.

Jail, restitution ordered for man who faked injuries – chicagotribune.com.

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Yes, you can do time for work comp fraud.

WorkersCompensation.com CompNewsNetwork – Why Little Work Comp Claims Become Big Claims.

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It benefits the injured worker to see a doctor immediately and ask for a referral to a specialist so that the real problem can be addressed. Do not let the insurance company deny you proper medical treatment. This will only make your injury worse.

Smithton man dies after delivery truck hit by train | Top Stories | News Democrat.

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Terrible accident. This is the type of situation the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Act covers.

If you can no longer work as a result of your work injury, then you will have to undergo a job search.

The reason is that the injured worker must prove all aspects of his or her case.

It is usually not enough for your doctor to say that you are unable to do your former job.

The limitations and restrictions your doctor gives you are very important, but the real proof of your inability to work is your job search.

This is the part of the case where many people do not follow through and it makes all the difference in the world.

The job search involves the workers’ compensation insurance company providing a vocational consultant who will try to help you put a resume together and apply for jobs within your restrictions.

The job search is almost like a full time job.

You will have to look for jobs, apply for jobs and interview for jobs.

It can take from 6 months to over 1 year.

If you cannot find a job, then this will be good evidence to support that you are permanently and totally disabled.

Or if you find a job that pays at a lower rate then your former job it shows the extent of your wage difference.

These factors will increase the value of your case dramatically.

If you give up on the job hunt, then the value of your case will drop dramatically.

Questions about your work injury? Feel free to contact Illinois Work Comp Attorney Dirk May at309-827-4371.

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