Getting Disability Benefits Is Tough For People With Hidden Disabilities : Shots – Health News : NPR

The U.S. government has been struggling to balance a surge in applicants for disability benefits with shrinking funds. An updated application process could make getting benefits even harder.

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Central Illinois hearing office approves approximately 36 percent of those who seek a hearing. The older you are and the more common your disability such as back pain or arthritis, the better your chances of winning. However if you are truly disabled do not give up. Talk with an experienced Social Security Disability attorney.

Police officer in Jerseyville critically injured, burglary suspect killed in shootout | Law and order | stltoday.com

Injured Jerseyville officer is former St. Louis police officer.

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In Illinois, Police Officers injured on the job are entitled to Workers’ Compensation benefits. This includes payment of medical expenses, off work pay at the rate of 66 percent of the weekly rate, and payment for the value of the injury based on a certain number of weeks per body part. Illinois does not have a schedule based on the type of injury. Each injury must be determined on its own with negotiation between the insurance company and the injured worker. Assaults against officers are included in work comp claims.

Social Security News: Why So Many No-Shows?

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I have noticed a more no shows in the hearing offices I frequent. People often do not understand that a lawyer only gets paid if you win your disability case. No reason to go in front of a judge by yourself. Make sure to talk with an experienced Social Security Disability lawyer.

 

Illinois Work Injury Tips- Know when to Fold Em

You must make sure that you understand the rules and the climate of Illinois Workers’ Compensation.

Factor this is in your settlement decision.

Your goal is to maximize your settlement.

Do not listen to so called experts who tell you what they got or a neighbor or relative received in a settlement.

They are usually misinformed or lying.

Illinois Workers’ Compensation Arbitrators and Commissioners have turned very conservative in recent years because of the political situation.

There has been much criticism of the system as being tilted against the employer.

It is much tougher now and this has resulted in lower awards and denials of many cases.

If you are denied you will receive nothing for your injuries.

A decent settlement offer is worth more to you than walking away with nothing in your pocket.

I have seen injured workers with settlement offers of $30,000 and above who have rejected the offer and gone to trial, only to lose and receive zero.

Do not be someone who rejects a reasonable offer and then gets nothing.

How do you tell if the offer is reasonable?

Make sure to consult with an experienced Illinois Work Comp Lawyer. It will cost you nothing to do this.

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

62-year-old man dies after Bedford Park crash | Chicago Sun-Times

A 62-year-old man died Tuesday following a crash in southwest suburban Bedford Park.

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Strange sounding accident. Family of person killed in such an accident may sue the driver of the vehicle if it can be proven that the driver was reckless or did not take into account proper safety precautions.