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.

Pontiac prison on lockdown after inmates assault 6 workers | Chicago Sun-Times

A prison in central Illinois has been placed on lockdown while state officials investigate the assault of six employees by five inmates.

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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.

Recent Illinois Workers’ Compensation Activity

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.

How to Get Your Off Work Pay Started

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.

 

 

Farm workers treated after pesticide exposure near McLean

McLEAN — About 60 farm workers, including several teenagers, were treated in rural McLean after being exposed to residual pesticide Tuesday morning.

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Contract workers who are injured through a chemical exposure may file a Workers’ Compensation claim in Illinois.