What to do in Case of Work Injury

Keep this list in your wallet so that you have it ready for yourself or a co-worker or friend in case of injury.

    1. Go to the doctor immediately.
    2.  Complete an accident report as soon as possible. Keep a copy for yourself.
    3. Tell your supervisor about the accident.
    4. Tell the doctor about every body part that you injured.
    5. Tell the doctor how you were injured at work.

Following these simple steps will strengthen your work injury case and keep the insurance company from denying your benefits.

If the Workers’ Compensation insurance company wants to take a statement from you regarding the accident, call a Work Comp lawyer right away. The insurance company can use any statement you make against your interest.

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

What Your Injury Settlement Offer Means

Once you receive an offer from the insurance company you must make sense of what it means.

An offer is what the insurance company is willing to pay to close your case.

After negotiating with the insurance company and coming to an agreement that you believe is fair, then you will have to reduce the settlement to writing and both sides will sign it.

The most important thing is to reach an agreement that reflects the true value of the case.

You must take into account any defenses to the case. Such as weak accident, poor medical history of injury, or questionable causal connection.

You must also factor in the going rate for the type of injury you suffered.

You do not want to give up a fair offer and end up with nothing or a low award or verdict.

If you reject the final settlement offer, then you will have to go to trial.

What you receive from the trial award is what you get.

The settlement offer is no longer good when you go to trial.

So make sure that you understand the offer and the value of your case.

Questions about your injury case? Feel free to contact Illinois Work Comp and Injury Lawyer Dirk May at 309-827-4371.

Workers’ Compensation Settlements in Illinois

The best way to insure your best Workers’ Compensation settlement in Illinois is to follow these guidelines.

Report your injury to a supervisor immediately. Make sure that you put it in writing and get a copy for your records.

Go to the doctor right away. Tell your doctor all your injuries at the first visit and tell her what caused the injury at work.

Make sure that you follow doctor’s orders and comply with treatment recommendations.

Run any settlement offers you receive past an experienced Illinois Work Comp Attorney to make sure that the insurance company is not taking advantage of you.

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

Work Injury Settlement Tips

Some top ideas when dealing with your Illinois Workers’ Compensation settlement.

Make sure that you are realistic.

Nothing is worse than giving up a fair settlement for some unrealistic chance at a large trial award that never happens.

You cannot go back after you have gone to trial and ask for the settlement offer you rejected.

Do not listen to family or friends who claim they know someone who got several hundred thousand dollars for the same injury you have.

Most people do not have a clue regarding the value of your injury, or understand that the value of your injury is closely tied to how much you were paid on the job the year before your injury.

Understand that Arbitrators and Commissioners are appointed by Illinois politicians. Their jobs depend on following the political trends and not doing something crazy that makes them stand out to the media or the politicians.

Make sure that you listen to an experienced Illinois Workers’ Compensation lawyer and ask them to explain the value of your case.

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

Let’s Make a Deal- Your Injury Settlment

Most personal injury and Illinois Workers’ Compensation cases end up being settled.

Statistics show that over 90 percent of these cases will be settled.

Why?

It takes a long time from filing a case until is allowed to go to trial.

Once a case goes to trial the Judge, the Jury or the Arbitrator makes the final decision in the case. This means you could get no money or a low award or verdict.

Settlements are more predictable. You know the amount you will receive.

Settlements are paid out faster.

The important thing to know is the value of your case so that you will receive a fair settlement.

Having an experienced injury lawyer or workers’ compensation lawyer will help guide you toward a settlement that is of maximum value.

The experienced lawyer will know your case’s weaknesses and strengths and what a Judge or Arbitrator will likely award.

Questions about the value of your case? Feel free to contact Illinois injury lawyer Dirk May at 309-827-4371.