Illinois Workers’ Compensation Lawyers, Personal Injury Lawyers and Social Security Disability Lawyers do not charge any upfront fees. They only get paid at the end of the case.
This helps you because you do not have to pay any money out of pocket. The fee comes from the settlement or recovery.
TV shows usually focus on lawyers who are paid $500 an hour or who charge a $5,000 retainer fee.
Lawyers who help you with injury or disability cases do not charge any hourly fees or retainers.
Why use a lawyer at all?
All these areas of the law: Social Security Disability, Personal Injury, Work Injury are complicated and have many pitfalls.
Why go it alone when you can hire an expert and not pay any money unless you win?
Questions about your case? Feel free to contact Illinois Work Injury and Social Security Disability Lawyer Dirk May at 309-827-4371.
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Free tax assistance available at the Bloomington, Illinois public library.
Make sure to take advantage of your ability to receive tax refunds and earned income tax payments.
When should you file for Social Security Disability or your Work injury case?
You should file for your Workers’ Compensation case right away.
This will put your employer on notice and they will not be able to argue that they did not have timely notice of the injury.
It also gets your time off work pay and medical benefits going.
Tell your doctors and other medical providers that you have filed for a work injury case so that all the records and bills will go to the work comp insurance company.
There is no good reason for delaying in filing the application of claim.
Talk to an experienced Illinois Workers’ Compensation Attorney to learn how to file an application of claim.
No fee is charged until you recover.
You may file for Social Security Disability as soon as you stop working full time.
If you delay it may reduce the benefits you receive from Social Security.
The filing process is done online.
This notifies Social Security that you have stopped working and are seeking the benefits you are entitled to under the law.
It also tells Social Security that they need to get all the medical records from all your providers.
An experienced Social Security Disability Attorney will help you file online.
No fee is charged until you recover back benefits.
Questions? Feel free to contact Illinois Work Comp and Social Security Disability Attorney Dirk May at 309-827-4371.
Illinois does pay a set amount for specific work injuries.
Instead Illinois leaves it up to the Arbitrator to decide what is the value of the injury.
The Illinois Workers’ Compensation Law, and the cases that have been resolved over the years guide how the injury is valued.
The average weekly wage has a big impact on how much you can recover.
Here are some examples.
Case 1. If you made $1000 a week and had a back injury that resulted in a disc herniation, but no surgery. The law says that you take 60 percent of your average weekly wage of $1000. That is $600. Disc herniations may pay from 7 to 10 percent of a person (500 total weeks for a back). The law says this is worth 35 weeks to 50 weeks. The value is between $21,000 to $30,000.
Case 2. Same wage, but a surgery is necessary to repair the disc herniation. This may result in a 15 percent rating. 75 weeks times $600 results in $45,000.
Case 3. The person only makes $500 a week. This cuts the figures in half. $10, 500 to $15,000 for disc herniation. Surgical back is only worth $22,500.
As you can see your wage makes a big difference in the settlement.
Surgery also increases the value.
Permanent restrictions will have a larger impact on value.
This simple example shows that the process is complicated.
Make sure that you get experienced help.
Feel free to contact Illinois Workers’ Compensation Lawyer Dirk May at 309-827-4371.
When you are injured in Illinois you can expect certain results or rights.
First of all you are entitled to medical benefits related to your injury.
This includes such things as doctor visits, physical therapy, medications, surgery, injections.
Second, you are entitled to off work pay when the doctor keeps you from working related to your work injury.
This includes two-thirds of your average weekly wage based on the 52 weeks before you were injured.
Finally, you are entitled to a settlement after you have been released from the doctor.
There is no set value for the settlement. It is based on your wage, the type of injury, and the type of treatment received.
Some insurance companies will “forget” to pay the settlement.
If your bills are not being paid, or your time off work is unpaid, or if the settlement has not been paid make sure to contact an experienced Illinois Workers’ Compensation lawyer.
Questions about your work injury and what the insurance company is doing? Feel free to contact Illinois Work Comp Attorney Dirk May at 309-827-4371.