March 2014


Tina Fey hit with $79,000 judgment for failing to pay workers compensation insurance: court docs  – NY Daily News.

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If you have employees you must have Work Comp insurance in Illinois. Wonder if Tina Fey will have to do a Public Service Announcement as part of her punishment.

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Man robs 4th North Side bank this month – chicagotribune.com.

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In Illinois, Workers’ Compensation law allows a teller to file a claim for mental distress as a result of being robbed.

Illinois Workers’ Compensation cases depend heavily on your medical records.

The Arbitrator spends a lot of time reviewing your records to find out about your work injury, your medical treatment and your problems and limitations.

It makes sense that what you tell the doctor will show up in your medical notes.

The Arbitrator bases part of her decision regarding the value of your case on what are your limitations and restrictions.

For instance, how long are you able to stand and walk during an 8 hour day is a crucial part of many Workers’ Compensation cases.

Lifting abilities, range of motion, and pain are also crucial.

This means that it is very important for you tell the doctor your symptoms and how your work injury affects you.

You should do this every time you go to the doctor.

Some examples:

My hands go numb and tingle almost every day. Especially when I use them a lot.

I cannot pick up small items to handle, hold or finger things.

My legs are painful and I get pins and needle like feelings when I stand more than 20 minutes.

I have to sit and rest for an hour after this.

My pain medications make me tired. I need to take a nap for 1 hour each afternoon.

My legs swell throughout the day. I have to spend much of the day elevating my legs waist height.

Remember, telling your doctor your major problems and how they limit you can make the difference between the correct settlement amount and a disappointing award or settlement.

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

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Top ten most frequently cited violations.

Be careful out there.

WorkersCompensation.com CompNewsNetwork – Courts Order Claimants to Repay Combined $10K to Texas Mutual.

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Good lesson. You cannot accept off work pay and work at another job. In Illinois, you can work at a reduced rate and get work comp pay to make up the difference if you notify the insurance company.

Union chief: Operator of CTA train that crashed 'might have dozed off' – chicagotribune.com.

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The train operator would still be able to file a Workers’ Compensation claim in Illinois even if she fell asleep.
If an injured worker is drunk or on drugs that is a different matter.

Workers' comp approach could cut cost, lawyers – Columbia Daily Tribune | Columbia Missouri: Op-Ed.

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Workers’ Compensation is a totally different system. It does not focus on fault. However, there are still legal issues that have to be resolved and the value of the claim is often in dispute along with what medical treatment is related.

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