It is not fun being injured at work, trying to recover and worrying about the future.

You also need to know how to deal with an unusual law and what to do if you cannot fully recover.

In Illinois the Workers’ Compensation law changed for injuries after August 31, 2011.

The value of these injuries and the resulting settlements are not really clear.

One of the best things you can do to protect yourself and potentially improve the settlement value of your case is to make sure you consistently go to the doctor.

This protects you from allegations that you have reached your maximum medical improvement and that any more treatment is unrelated to your work injury.

The other thing you should do is tell the doctor about all your problems and limitations.

For instance, my leg continues to swell after the surgery and I have to elevate it with a pillow on the couch for 15 minutes three times a day.

This is important because it will show up in the medical records and reinforce your credibility when you testify at trial.

It also shows that you have some type of permanent problem that is related to your work injury.

What you tell your doctor is very important to your case.

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


A few unofficial thoughts and observations about recent trends in Illinois Workers’ Compensation cases.

Cases filed appeared to be heading downwards.

In Fiscal Year 2008, 57,000 cases were filed.

In Fiscal Year 2011, 50,000 cases were filed.

In 2013 there have been approximately 15,000 cases filed through May.

Just from observing different docket calls in downstate Illinois and talking with other lawyers, the number of people settling cases without a lawyer are down.

What does all this mean?

Maybe insurance companies are telling injured workers that the changes in the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Act are more extreme than they really are.

Maybe insurance companies are telling injured workers that their case is not worth anything.

Maybe insurance companies are telling injured workers that they can be their medical bills but not offer anything for a settlement.

These things are not true.

Settlement values are trending down somewhat, but it does not mean that your case has little or no value.

What you should do is check with an experienced Illinois Work Comp attorney to find out the approximate value of your case.

You have nothing to lose in doing this.

Work Comp lawyers do not get paid unless you recover money.

It is better to get the settlement value you deserve, then to leave money on the table.

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

Why should you talk with an Illinois Workers’ Compensation lawyer before you settle?

You need to make sure that you are not settling for below your case’s value.

But won’t a lawyer cost you money?

No, in Illinois you do not have to pay a lawyer to review your settlement and any written offer you receive before talking with a lawyer is protected from the 20 percent attorney fee. Of course, if the lawyer gets you additional money then it is subject to the fee agreement.

Many Work Comp insurance companies are taking advantage of the change in the law effective September 2011 and giving injured workers wrong information.

They either tell the injured worker that their injury is not worth any settlement. This is incorrect. Most work injuries have value.

Or the insurance company tells the injured worker that the value of their work injury is very low due to the change in the law. This is also incorrect.
The value of the injury may be lower after September 2011 but it is usually not as low as the insurance company tells you.

Another insurance company trick is to forget to offer you a settlement. If you wait too long to get your settlement, then you may lose it completely.

It is always worth running your work injury case past an experienced Workers’ Compensation Attorney.

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

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Illinois law is more liberal than this. It allows for recovery for scars on the arms and hands, face and head, and the body below the knee and above the nipple.

It is a fair question to ask whether you need to get a lawyer involved in your Workers’ Compensation injury claim.

There is no law in Illinois that requires you to have a Work Comp attorney.

But you may find that an experienced Workers’ Compensation lawyer is helpful.

The reason is that some Workers’ Compensation insurance companies will not make you an offer unless you get an attorney.

Some insurance companies will give you a low offer just to see if you will take it and because they know you do not have a lawyer.

The insurance companies also know that you have no leverage if you do not like their offer.

Some will take the position that if you do not like the offer: too bad.

They know that if do not take the money, then your claim will expire at the end of the statute of limitations and you will get nothing.

The advantage of having a Work Comp lawyer is that they can tell you if the offer is fair.

A Work Comp lawyer can also threaten to go to trial.

This often brings the insurance company back to the negotiating table.

I will be glad to let you know if your offer is fair, and work to increase the value of the insurance company offer.

Remember your initial written offer is protected from any attorney fees by law.

In other words, fees apply only to the amount the offer is increased above the written offer.

Questions? Feel free to contact Illinois Workers’ Compensation Attorney Dirk May at 309-827-4371. CompNewsNetwork – What You Need To Know About Permanent Partial Disabilities.

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