Workers’ Compensation insurance companies want to keep settlements a secret.

Most injured workers know they are entitled to medical payments related to their injury.

Most injured workers know they are entitled to payment for their time off work.

But not everyone knows they are entitled to payment for the injury itself.

This is called the settlement or permanent partial disability benefits.

I talked to a person the other day who said the insurance company told him they do not pay settlements for knee injuries that do not require surgery.

That is not the law in Illinois.

You are entitled to a settlement if you are injured and you have some lingering problems.

This includes pain.

This includes arthritis.

This includes range of motion limitations.

If Work Comp will not provide an offer, you should ask for an offer.

If you do not get an offer, then get a Work Comp lawyer.

Even if you get an offer, talk with a Work Comp lawyer to discuss the offer.

As I have written before, a Work Comp attorney can help you get a higher offer and you will come out money ahead even with a fee.

This is because there is no fee on the original written offer.

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


There are some good reasons not to settle your Illinois Workers’ Compensation case if you have been injured after August 31, 2011.

A new law took effect for cases after this date.

The change may make a difference in the value in your case.

It provides that AMA Guidelines may be used as a factor in determining the value of your injury.

The guidelines are very conservative.

They lower the value of your case.

There is an indication that some Workers Compensation insurance companies are making extremely low offers to injured workers.

They are hoping that injured workers will agree to the low offers and close the case.

Some arbitrators have approved the low settlements.

This is because no one truly know what the value of the case at this stage of the game.

Be warned; do not settle your case till you talk to an Illinois Work Comp Lawyer about the offer.

As I have written before, the original written offer is not subject to attorney fees so you have nothing to lose.

Have you received such an offer? Feel free to call me to discuss your options.