Finger and hand injuries are not usually high value injuries in Illinois Work Comp cases.

The reason is that the total number of weeks for fingers and the hand is on the low side.

The typical finger injury involves a fracture or an amputation.

The typical hand injury is a fracture or carpal tunnel syndrome.

If you have a finger or hand injury with a good recovery the value will be on the lower end of the scale.

Complications will cause the value to increase.

For example, if you have a finger injury or amputation that makes it difficult to grip or make a fist then the case takes on a different dimension.

We use our hands most of the time for almost every job.

Restrictions on the use of the hand will result on increase in settlement value.

Finger injuries can turn into a settlement based on the hand.

Hand injuries with restrictions may turn into much more.

Do the hand restrictions keep you from working your old job?

Do the hand restrictions keep you from working any job?

If you lose earning power due to your hand injury your settlement should be based on this.

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


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Illinois Workers’ Compensation law has changed in its treatment of shoulder injuries.

A recent Illinois Appellate Court case determined that the shoulder is valued as the whole body and not the arm.

Under the Workers’ Compensation Act an arm is worth 253 weeks total.

The body as a whole is worth 500 weeks total.

Settlements are determined on a percentage of the weeks times 60 percent of the average weekly wage you earned the year before you were injured.

The Court case ruled that the shoulder is really part of the back, or the body as a whole.

This does not mean the value of a shoulder case has increased.

Before this case if the shoulder injury was worth 50 weeks, it is still worth 50 weeks. It is just a different percentage of the person as a whole.

For example, 50 weeks equals approximately 20 percent of the arm and it would equal 10 percent of the person of the whole.

The difference it makes is if you have repeat arm injuries.

An employer is entitled to a credit for past arm injuries, or any specific body part injury.

The employer is not entitled to credit for person as a whole injury.

An example is that if you received a past settlement of 20 percent of the arm and were injured again you have to prove you were injured beyond the 20 percent to recover on your second injury.

If you had a past back injury, then there is no credit or offset.

Even a past shoulder injury will not qualify for credit against a new shoulder injury.

That is an advantage for the injured worker.

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

The answer is different for each person.

In Illinois, the amount of your settlement is based on 60 percent of your wage a year before your injury.

You can see that if you have a high wage, then you will get a larger settlement than a low wage earner for the same injury.

Even though Illinois has some of the highest Workers’ Compensation benefits the settlements are not outrageous.

For instance, most settlements are in the range of $5,000 to $30,000.

A settlement in the $80,000 and above range is considered large.

Illinois Workers’ Compensation cases are not like personal injury cases that can go into the $1 million and above range for serious injuries.

The other thing to remember is not to believe everything someone tells you.

The neighbor who received $300,000 for a carpal tunnel case is not telling the truth.

You are entitled to your medical bills, your time off pay, and your settlement.

The value of the settlement depends on the seriousness of your injury.

It also depends on your restrictions and whether you can continue working your old job.

The insurance company also wants to settle your case.

This can result in some extra money for you if keep this in mind.

Questions about what is a good settlement for your case? Feel free to contact Illinois Workers’ Compensation Attorney Dirk May at 309-827-4371.

Most Workers’ Compensation Insurance Adjusters will not budge from their first offer.

They think the injured worker does not understand the process and has little leverage.

You will not be able to get them to come up unless you ask to see the Arbitrator to find out the value of your injury.

Another factor is if you tell the adjuster you want future medical.

Many times the insurance company sees the injured worker as having few alternatives if they do not have a lawyer.

You can get a lawyer after the initial offer.

This will often result in an increased offer because the adjuster wants to close out the claim without increasing the company’s costs.

This protects your original offer (there is no attorney fee on the original offer), and gets you some more money.

The attorney fee only applies to the increased amount of the offer.

Questions about your settlement offer? Feel free to call Illinois Work Comp Lawyer Dirk May at 309-827-4371.

What if you are injured and have permanent restrictions.

Do I have to try the job that Workers’ Compensation offers me?

You do if you want to increase the value of your settlement.

You need to see if you can perform the job.

If you cannot do the job, then you will have to return to your doctor and explain what keeps you from working the job.

This puts you in the position to argue the permanent restriction prevents you from your past job and the new job offered to you.

This means either that you cannot do any job or only a job that is even more restrictive.

You must make a good faith effort.

That means at least trying the job for a day.

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

In Illinois, an Employer may receive a credit for a prior Work Comp injury you settled on.

This does not apply to back or neck cases.

However, it applies to all other body parts such as arms, hands, legs and feet.

For example, if you settled an old case for 10 percent of the arm and you injured your arm again your employer can claim a credit against your new Workers’ Compensation claim.

You must prove your new injury has damaged your arm beyond the 10 percent of the old settlement.

It works this way: new injury is 25 percent of the arm minus the old 10 percent so you get 15 percent.

You see that you need to argue that the new injury has caused permanent partial disability as high as possible to offset the credit.

Questions about Workmans Compensation settlements and cases? Feel free to call Illinois Work Comp Lawyer Dirk May at 309-827-4371.