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What A Work Comp Settlement Looks Like

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.


What You Can Get From Illinois Work Comp Law

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.

Delay in Your Injury Case May Lead to Ruin

There is no good reason to delay if you are injured in a motor vehicle collision, or a work accident, or you are disabled from work.

You should seek medical attention immediately.

You should follow medical advice and treatment plans.

You should file an accident report right away.

You should file a traffic report as soon as possible.

You should file for Social Security Disability as soon as you believe you will be unable to work for an extended time.

You should seek advice from an experienced injury or disability attorney to guide you.

These actions show that you were injured and injured severely.

These actions may prevent a Judge or insurance company from believing that some other event caused your current condition.

These actions will support your claim for damages and pain and suffering.

These actions will prevent you from losing potential benefits.

Remember that an injury lawyer and disability lawyer are only paid if you win so you are not out of pocket any upfront money.

Questions about your injury or disability case? Feel free to contact Illinois injury, work injury, and disability lawyer Dirk May at 309-827-4371.