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.

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Tragic accident. In order to win damages the injured driver must prove that the other driver was at fault and the injuries were related to the accident.

Illinois Work Comp Settlement Tips

Here are some top tips to increase your Illinois Workers’ Compensation settlement value.

  • Make sure to report your accident to your supervisor immediately.
  • Make sure to put your report in writing.
  • Make sure to keep a copy of your report.
  • Make sure to go to the doctor right away.
  • Make sure to tell your doctor that your injury happened at work and how it happened.
  • Make sure to tell your doctor about all your injured body parts at your first visit and repeat this at each visit.
  • Make sure to request an off work note from each doctor visit.
  • Make sure to follow all your doctor’s treatment orders.
  • Make sure to ask for a note detailing all your permanent restrictions at your final doctor visit.
  • Make sure to check with an experienced Illinois Workers’ Compensation lawyer regarding an estimate of the value of your case.
  • Make sure to have an attorney on your side to negotiate with the work comp insurance company.

Questions about your work injury and how to get full settlement value? Feel free to contact Illinois Workers’ Compensation Attorney Dirk May at 309-827-4371.

Illinois Workers’ Compensation Help

Here are some tips to keep you out of trouble and increase the settlement value of your Illinois Workmans’ Compensation case.

Make sure that you file an accident report as soon as possible after your injury.

This prevents the insurance company from arguing that you were injured at home or somewhere off the job.

Make sure that you go to a doctor immediately after your injury.

You do not want the insurance company to claim that your injury was minor or not related to work because you waited several days to see a doctor.

Make sure that you tell the doctor, nurse, and receptionist that you are seeking treatment because of a work injury.

Do not allow the insurance company to claim that your injury is not related to work because you failed  to provide a work related injury history to your medical providers.

Make sure that you tell the doctor and nurse about all of your work related injuries such as neck and shoulder and low back conditions.

Some insurance companies will deny claims that are not clear cut and try to argue that delayed medical treatment for separate parts of the body is proof the injury is not related to a work accident.

Speak with an experienced Illinois Workers’ Compensation Lawyer early in the process so that you do not make mistakes that will damage the value of your settlement.

Questions about what you are facing? Feel free to contact Illinois Work Comp Lawyer Dirk May at 309-827-4371.