The biggest problem that will sink a Workers’ Compensation claim is the lack of documentation at the time of the injury.
This means things like medical reports that do not include information on the work injury, such as how it happened and what body parts were injured.
Medical reports that say “no known cause of injury” will destroy your case.
The medical reports should record “fell at work and injured his knee and back” to help your case.
Go to the doctor right away.
Waiting to go to the doctor will kill your case.
The other problem is no accident or injury report completed at the time of injury.
Make an accident report immediately.
Be sure that you keep a copy of the report so it does not mysteriously disappear when you need it.
Keep track of the names and contact information of any witnesses to your work accident.
Trials usually do not happen until several years after your injury so witnesses may disappear.
Following these tips will take away many of the defenses Workers’ Compensation insurance companies use to defeat work injury claims.
The Arbitrator assumes that if you were injured on the job there will be a paper trial proving how the accident happened and what body parts you injured.
Make it easy on yourself and the Arbitrator to rule in your favor.
Questions about your work injury? Feel free to contact Illinois Work Injury Lawyer Dirk May at 309-827-4371.
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.
Illinois Work Comp law continues to be in a state of change.
The new Governor has appointed new arbitrators and commissioners and reappointed arbitrators and commissioners and he continues to stump for dramatic changes to the workers’ compensation law.
This has caused a chill in decisions from arbitrators and commissioners and their view of the value of cases.
You must take this into account when deciding whether to settle your case or go to trial.
If you receive a decent settlement offer you should most likely settle your case rather than risk receiving a low award from an arbitrator.
The arbitrator does not know the offers and demands made during the settlement negotiations.
The arbitrator’s decision will be the amount you receive unless there is an appeal of the case, and the appeal can take over one year.
You should discuss your case and your settlement offer with an experienced Illinois Workers’ Compensation lawyer to make sure that you understand all the details and to help you make an informed decision regarding whether to settle or go to trial.
It does not cost you any upfront fees to seek the help of a lawyer. Illinois Workers’ Compensation Attorneys are only paid 20 percent of what you recover at the end of a case.
It makes sense to use a lawyer because the insurance company uses many lawyers against you in its case.
Questions about your work injury? Feel free to contact Illinois Work Comp lawyer Dirk May at 309-827-4371.