You can make sure that your Illinois Workers’ Compensation case goes as smoothly as it can.

One of the most important factors in your case is what you say.

This means what you tell your supervisor, your doctors, and the Arbitrator at trial.

Telling your supervisor immediately that you are injured and completing an accident report will make things run smoothly later on.

Telling your doctor how you got hurt and what parts of your body are injured is very important.

I have seen medical records that quote the injured worker as saying “no known cause of injury”, or “does not know how this happened”, or “made worse while working in garden at home”. These type of statements will damage your case.

When testifying before the Arbitrator remember that she is the one who will decide your case.

Do not argue with Arbitrator, the other attorney, or anyone else.

Be polite and think carefully before you answer any questions.

If the Arbitrator thinks you are exaggerating, or hiding something, or you are disagreeable then you are toast.

There is a human element to every case. Make sure that you do not alienate the Arbitrator.

If you say the right things, in the right way, at the right time, then your case will be much stronger.

Questions about how to make sure case is as strong as possible? Feel free to call Illinois Work Comp Attorney Dirk May with Williams and Swee at 309-827-4371.


The Illinois Workers’ Compensation law is complicated.

The basics are straight forward but getting to a fair settlement is not always easy.

The bottom line is that an experienced Workers’ Compensation Attorney does not cost you any upfront money.

A lawyer can only charge you 20 percent of what you recover in your case.

This means the lawyer has an interest in maximizing your settlement because the lawyer makes money when you make money.

The insurance company has plenty of lawyers advising it of ways to defend, delay and minimize your recovery.

It only makes sense to have someone to look out for your rights.

It also helps to have a lawyer who you can ask questions.

This gives you the peace of mind that you are getting all you entitled to according to the law.

It does not hurt to call a lawyer and ask questions about your case and let them know what the insurance company has told you.

An experienced workers’ compensation attorney will talk to you for free and explain your rights and answer your questions on the initial call.

Representing yourself in an Illinois work injury case can turn out to be a costly mistake.

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

It makes sense to plan ahead for unexpected events.

That is why people have insurance or map out a trip.

It also a good idea to know what to do if you are hurt at work.

Tell your supervisor right away if you are injured at work.

You should do this even if you are not certain that the injury is that bad.

I have seen too many people who did not think they had a serious injury and failed to tell anyone. Later their condition worsened and the insurance company denied the claim because they did not report it.

Another thing you should do is file an accident report as soon as possible.

This will protect you from faulty memories.

The accident report describes how the injury happened, when it happened, and what body parts were injured.

Make sure you get a copy of the accident report for your records.

You should go to the doctor right away and tell her what happened to you at work.

I have also seen too many people who put off going to the doctor. This will cause nothing but trouble for you. The Work Comp insurance company will argue that you waited so long to go to the doctor because you were not really hurt at work. Your injury came from some off work activity or home repair project.

Our initial reaction is to wait it out and hope the pain goes away, however if it does not go away then you will have all kinds of problems proving your case.

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

Illinois Workers’ Compensation law is often complex and turns on unusual facts and circumstances.

If you are injured driving to or home from work, then you usually cannot be awarded benefits pursuant to the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Act.

There are certain exceptions.

If you are traveling for a work purpose, then you can typically win your case.

For instance, if you are driving from your home on your way to work to pick up office mail at the post office and you are involved in an accident then your injury should be compensable.

Or if you are taking an office deposit to the bank after work and are injured, then you should win your case.

You do not have to prove someone else is at fault in these type of accidents to win your work injury case.

As a matter of fact you could be at fault or inattentive in some way and still be able to recover under the Illinois Workers’ Compensation law.

Another exception is if are on a business trip and injured while driving. This would include accidents while on free time or while going out to dinner. The law expends coverage greatly while you are on a business trip.

You may also be able to file a negligence claim against the other motorist if they are at fault.

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

Workers’ Compensation cases in Illinois can be frustrating.

It seems like everything should proceed on a nice time table and you get your medical treatment, off work pay, and money for injury right away.

Not always so easy.

When there is a dispute things can grind to a halt.

If the insurance company sends you to their doctor and the doctor gives the opinion that you are able to return to work or do not need any more treatment, then it can become a shoot out between your doctor and the insurance company doctor.

The Work Comp insurance company can require the deposition of your doctor (this is testimony from your doctor) that may take months to schedule.

The deposition of the insurance company doctor can also take months to schedule.

Sometimes the arbitrators are not so interested in hearing the case because they prefer the parties work out the dispute between themselves.

It often takes time for the parties to settle because you cannot close the case out until you have completed medical treatment or reached maximum medical improvement.

Sometimes the medical bills take some time to sort out because the providers are slow or there are multiple insurance companies involved.

All trials are subject to appeal rights that may extend for several years.

The reason that Workers’ Compensation cases can take longer is because the law is complicated and there are many pitfalls that must be addressed before the case is ready for trial.

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

Should you change lawyers in the middle of your Workers’ Compensation case?

Unless absolutely necessary I would not recommend switching attorneys.

The problem is that it slows down your case while the new lawyer gets your records and gets familiar with your case.

Some lawyers advertise a lot and claim they are very aggressive.

Usually not true.

They are typically not seen around the courthouse and do not show up for hearings to move your case forward.

I see a limited upside to starting over with a new lawyer.

The best way to handle a problem situation is to sit down with your lawyer and explain exactly what are your goals.

Such as you want to settle your case as soon as possible, or you want to get future medical treatment.

It is probably best to have a lawyer who is close to you. This makes communications easier and makes it more likely your lawyer will be able to go to the court hearings.

For instance, it just does not make sense for a Chicago lawyer to handle down state cases because they will not show up to all the hearings necessary.

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

The Illinois winter has been brutal this year and it reminds me of the many type of injuries that may arise from work.

Shoveling snow and clearing streets and sidewalks may lead to back injuries, falls and fractures.

Over exertion may cause or contribute to a heart attack.

Poorly cleared parking lots may result in falls and broken bones.

This along with tracked in snow that melts and results in a hazard.

Exposure may lead to frost bite.

Motor vehicle accidents on icy roads while traveling on company business is another injury source.

The most important thing to remember is to report your injury right away to your supervisor and put it in writing.

This removes all doubt that your injury happened at work.

If you are hurt go to the doctor, clinic or hospital immediately.

The longer you delay, then the more questions that may be raised by the Workers’ Compensation insurance company.

You should also tell the hospital and doctor how you were injured and what parts of your body were injured.

This will clarify what happened when questions come up months down the road.

Questions about your work injury and what you should do? Feel free to contact Illinois Workers’ Compensation Attorney Dirk May at 309-827-4371.