When should you file for Social Security Disability or your Work injury case?
You should file for your Workers’ Compensation case right away.
This will put your employer on notice and they will not be able to argue that they did not have timely notice of the injury.
It also gets your time off work pay and medical benefits going.
Tell your doctors and other medical providers that you have filed for a work injury case so that all the records and bills will go to the work comp insurance company.
There is no good reason for delaying in filing the application of claim.
Talk to an experienced Illinois Workers’ Compensation Attorney to learn how to file an application of claim.
No fee is charged until you recover.
You may file for Social Security Disability as soon as you stop working full time.
If you delay it may reduce the benefits you receive from Social Security.
The filing process is done online.
This notifies Social Security that you have stopped working and are seeking the benefits you are entitled to under the law.
It also tells Social Security that they need to get all the medical records from all your providers.
An experienced Social Security Disability Attorney will help you file online.
No fee is charged until you recover back benefits.
Questions? Feel free to contact Illinois Work Comp and Social Security Disability Attorney Dirk May at 309-827-4371.
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You must have health coverage to get the treatment needed to prove your disability for Social Security. Often you must have your own health coverage while you fight the Workers’ Compensation insurance company. It is not easy to find health coverage.
What is the best advice I can give anyone who has been injured at work or in a motor vehicle collision?
Tell your doctor immediately how you were injured and all the body parts that were injured.
For instance, tell the doctor “I was lifting a 50 pound box of parts when I turned and twisted. I felt my back pop and there was pain right away. The pain runs down my right leg.”
Make sure you tell all your medical providers the same thing each time.
This means doctors, nurses, and physicians assistants.
An immediate, clear, consistent explanation of injury will make your injury case go smoothly and increase its value.
Questions about your injury case? Feel free to contact Illinois injury lawyer Dirk May at 309-827-4371.
Injured workers in Illinois are entitled to 3 rights.
- Payment of medical bills for related treatment.
- 66 percent of your average weekly wage for the time your doctor has you off work.
- 60 percent of your average weekly wage for the value of your permanent partial disability, this is often referred to as the settlement.
There is no pain and suffering damages for workers’ compensation in Illinois.
There is no schedule of benefits for certain types of injuries; some states mandate payment of a certain amount of money for a broken leg, for instance. Illinois does not do this.
An example is that a herniated disc in the lumbar spine, without surgery, may be worth 10 percent of a person.
The Illinois Workers’ Compensation Act says your back is worth a total of 500 weeks. 10 percent equals 50 weeks.
Assume a person earned $500.00 a week for the 52 weeks before they were injured. 60 percent of $500 equals $300.
50 weeks times $300 equals $15,000.
As you can see the value of your settlement will vary dramatically based on your wage.
There is also a minimum and maximum rate used in calculating your permanency rate.
Questions about your Work Comp injury? Feel free to contact Illinois Workers’ Compensation Attorney Dirk May at 309-827-4371.