April 2014


Fourteen years after injury that damaged hearing, Boston police detective forced to retire – Metro – The Boston Globe.

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This is a twist. Police Officer wants to keep working and management says no. You would think there is a better use of taxpayer money. The City will have to pay her disability pay and end up paying damages.

WorkersCompensation.com CompNewsNetwork – Multiple Workers Injured By Acid Mixture At Milwaukee Plant.

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Shows that a company can be found guilty of a Work Comp violation and an OSHA violation for the same injury.

Workers comp fraud suspects caught on camera – Las Vegas MyNews3 – KSNV.

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Video surveillance is part of the Workers’ Compensation experience. Insurance companies will have a private investigator follow the injured worker to determine if they are performing activities that are beyond their restrictions. In this case law enforcement was involved. A criminal investigation of a Work Comp claim is rare.

State investigates workers' comp claim filed by prison guard | Top Stories | News Democrat.

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Here we go again. The last investigation and scandal resulted in changes to the law that affect all people who are injured at work in Illinois, and not just state employees.

FutureGen is a near zero emissions coal fueled power plant.

Carbon Dioxide emissions will be captured and stored underground.

The Illinois plant will be located near Jacksonville.

Construction will involve around 1600 jobs, with approximately 600 permanent jobs.

Anyone injured on the job whether during construction or while working at the plant has the ability to file an Illinois Workers’ Compensation claim.

This ensures all rights granted under the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Act.

This includes payment of all medical bills, payment of off work pay or Temporary Total Disability at 2/3rds of your average weekly wage, and a settlement based on the permanent partial disability you suffered as a result of the work injury.

Most people are not aware that it does not cost any upfront money to hire an experienced Workers’ Compensation Attorney to protect your rights.

In a work injury you do not have to pay your lawyer until the case is settlement and you have your money.

Illinois law provides that a Work Comp lawyer can only charge 20 percent of your settlement as attorney fees.

This is very important because it protects your interests and makes sure that the insurance company pays everything that your are entitled to as a result of your injury.

Be safe out there working on the FutureGen project, but remember if you are hurt on the job contact an experienced Work Comp lawyer.
Feel free to contact Illinois Workers’ Compensation Attorney Dirk May with Williams and Swee at 309-827-4371.

WorkersCompensation.com CompNewsNetwork – Proposed Rules for Compassionate Use of Medical Cannabis Pilot Program Act Filed In Illinois.

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Medical marijuana use will find its way into Illinois Workers’ Compensation cases slowly but surely. Someone will get injured and after a drug test it will show up in their system. Will be interesting to see how the courts handle it.

RIVERSIDE: Woman used fake ID info for workers comp, police say.

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Illinois used to require a social security number on Work Comp claims. No longer required. There is nothing in the law that requires you to be a documented worker either.

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