The Workers’ Compensation Insurance Company hires adjusters to oversee injury claims.

One part of the job is to make sure the claim is taken care of in a timely manner.

Another important part of their job is to keep costs under control.

The adjuster is the gatekeeper.

The adjuster approves medical treatment.

The adjuster pays temporary total disability.

The adjuster authorizes the Work Comp settlement.

The adjuster decides whether to hire an attorney, and who to hire.

The problem often is that the adjuster is not responsive.

They will not return phone calls or emails.

They are either overworked or not doing their job.

A unresponsive adjuster can be very damaging to your case.

The only way to deal with such an adjuster is to file a motion to go to trial.

Even this does not guarantee fast results.

Need more information about your work comp case? Feel free to call Illinois Workers Compensation Attorney Dirk May at 309-827-4371.


Sometimes it is hard to figure out what the Arbitrator or the Work Comp insurance company is looking for in your Workers’ Compensation case.

Just remember, whatever shows up in the medical records is important.

Be sure you tell your doctor that you were injured at work and how it happened.

Also tell the doctor all the body parts that were injured.

For instance, if you lifted a box of material over your shoulder and felt a pop in your shoulder, then tell your doctor this.

If you felt immediate pain in the shoulder and a day later felt neck pain also, then tell the doctor.

Limitations you experience are also very important.

If you have daily back pain that runs down the leg and need to take a nap for an hour each day, then tell the doctor.

If you cannot lift more than 5 pounds and have weakness in the shoulder region, then tell your doctor.

You get the idea.

The more your complaints and limitations show up in the medical records, the more believable is your testimony.

Questions about ways to get the most out of your Work Comp settlement? Feel free to call Illinois Worker’ Compensation Attorney Dirk May at 309-827-4371.

What exactly is the Work Comp Insurance Company looking at when they give you a settlement offer?

Work Comp looks to see if the accident was reported.

They look to see what the medical records say about the accident.

Did you go to the doctor soon after your work injury?

What kind of treatment did you receive?

What are your restrictions?

How long were you off work?

Can you return to your old job?

What was your wage before your injury?

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

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Here is a good way to increase your settlement offer if you are representing yourself in Illinois.

Hire a lawyer after you receive a written offer.

The lawyer can then negotiate a higher amount for you.

This is a win-win situation for you.

The lawyer cannot charge you a fee on the amount of the written offer.

The fee comes from the amount above the original written offer.

The Workers’ Compensation Insurance Company usually makes a discounted offer for the unrepresented person, and they usually will not negotiate with them.

When your lawyer enters the picture, most of the time they can get the offer increased.

So you end up with more money.

For example, if you were offered $20,000 and the lawyer gets you $30,000, then you get the $20,000 plus the additional $10,000 minus the fee on the $10,000.

I have done this for injured workers in the past.

Many lawyers are not interested in these cases, however, I think they are fun and challenging.

I would be glad to review your written offer for free to see if I think I can get more settlement money for you.

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

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It is a brave new world in Illinois Work Comp cases.

It will be very important to have proof of limitations due to your work injury.

This will mean telling the doctor all about your problems and limitations.

Each visit you should explain how your ability to perform daily activities such as lifting, walking and standing has changed.

You should also tell the doctor about any limits in range of motion, bending, reaching, handling or fingering.

The final visit is especially important for describing your limitations and pain.

Should you have any questions about your Work Comp injury or limitations please feel free to contact Illinois Work Comp Attorney Dirk May at 309-827-4371.

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