When you examine Arbitrator’s decisions in Illinois Workers’ Compensation cases you will notice that the Arbitrator looks carefully at what is contained in the medical records.
When the injured worker does not mention a work injury to a body part then she will most likely lose her case.
For instance, if the doctor’s report mentions a leg injury but does not refer to a back injury then the injured worker will not be able to recover for the back accident.
Exceptions might be a witness who testifies to the back and leg accident.
Or an injury report that details the back and leg accident.
What happens on the day of the accident is very important. So make sure that you tell everyone can about your work accident and all the body parts that you hurt.
Questions about your Work Comp case? Feel free to contact Illinois Workers’ Compensation Attorney Dirk May at 309-827-4371.
Source: Workers’ Comp Drags Out Medical Care, Injured Workers and their Doctors Say | NBC Bay Area
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This happens in Illinois also. Insurance companies make more money when they deny or delay treatment to injured workers.
A prison in central Illinois has been placed on lockdown while state officials investigate the assault of six employees by five inmates.
Source: Pontiac prison on lockdown after inmates assault 6 workers | Chicago Sun-Times
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Prison guards and workers may file Workers’ Compensation claims in Illinois for injuries they suffer as a result of inmate attacks. The damages may include payment of medical bills related to the assault, time off work pay, and permanent partial disability for the injury itself. The amount of settlement is tied to the average weekly wage of the injured worker.
I have had the opportunity to speak at two Illinois Workers’ Compensation seminars this summer.
The consensus among the lawyers who presented at the seminars is that the deadlock among legislators and the Governor will continue regarding changes in the Workers’ Compensation law.
Nothing will happen until after the November election and a new legislature is seated in January 2017.
In some ways the budget stalemate has helped injured workers because changes the would damage injured workers’ rights have not been enacted.
Some recent important court cases have clarified the Illinois Workers’ Compensation law.
Questions about your case and what you can do to make your case as strong as possible? Feel free to contact Illinois Work Comp Attorney Dirk May at 309-827-4371.
You should be paid 2/3 of your average weekly wage if you have been injured at work and you are unable to work your job.
Some insurance companies will not pay you what is called TTD or temporary total disability unless you ask them or contact them to find out why you are not being paid.
Some insurance companies will dispute that you were injured, or dispute that your condition that is keeping you off work is related to the work injury, or deny that you are unable to work.
In any event if you are not being paid you will need to seek a trial before an Illinois Workers’ Compensation Arbitrator to start your benefits.
As the injured worker you must prove all the elements of your case.
This includes accident, causal connection, related medical bills and off work status.
You may need accident reports, witnesses, medical records, testimony of your doctor, medical bills and off work slips.
This can quickly become complicated so make sure that you have a experienced Illinois Workers’ Compensation Attorney to help you get your off work pay started.
Questions about your work comp case? Feel free to contact Illinois Workers’ Compensation Attorney Dirk May at 309-827-4371 to discuss all your concerns.