Keep this list in your wallet so that you have it ready for yourself or a co-worker or friend in case of injury.
- Go to the doctor immediately.
- Complete an accident report as soon as possible. Keep a copy for yourself.
- Tell your supervisor about the accident.
- Tell the doctor about every body part that you injured.
- 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.
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.