The Illinois Workers’ Compensation Law provides 3 basic rights for an injured worker.

The right to payment for related medical treatment.

The right to payment of 66 percent of your average weekly wage for injury related time off work.

The right to payment for your work related disability resulting from the injury.

The process is not perfect, or pretty, or fast paced.

You need to realize there are certain rules and timelines that need to followed.

The insurance companies all differ in the way they handle cases.

But the most thing to remember is that you can usually negotiate to increase the value of your settlement.

Impatience is the enemy of the highest settlement value for your case.

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


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.

Before you settle your Workers or Workman’s Compensation in Illinois there are some important areas that need to covered.

First, all your medical bills need to have been paid or the contract must specifically contain language that will make the Workers Compensation Insurance company responsible for the bills. Once you sign the contract you are responsible for any future bills unless otherwise provided in the contract, and if you do not make sure past bills are paid or taken care of then you will have to pay for them out of your settlement.

Second, all your time off work must be paid and the amounts set out in the contract.

Third, you must have a specific amount in the contract for your permanent partial disability or injury. More about this in my next post.

Any questions about settlements or if you want me to review your workers compensation settlement offer with you free of charge, please call workmans compensation lawyer Dirk May at 309-827-4371.