Injured Union Workers Do Not Forget your Settlement

Union workers injured on the job are entitled to a settlement.

Illinois law provides that an injured worker may receive medical benefits, off work pay, and settlement pay for the injury.

Some insurance companies will “forget” to pay the injured worker the settlement.

This saves the insurance companies thousands of dollars over time.

The settlement in Illinois is based on the nature and extent of the injury.

There is no payment for pain and suffering for Illinois Workers’ Compensation claims. However, the settlement is based on whether surgery is involved, the specific body part injured, and what limitations result.

Are you a union worker who has been hurt on the job? Feel free to contact Illinois Work Comp Attorney Dirk May at 309-827-4371 to discuss your case without charge.

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In Illinois you may be able to recover for negligent actions and for a Workers’ Compensation claim. It all depends on the parties involved and the circumstances surrounding the injury. Make sure to talk with an Illinois Work Comp lawyer.

Why Union Workers are denied Work Comp pay

Make sure that you do not give the Workers’ Compensation insurance company any reason to deny your work injury claim.

Failure to notify your company that you were injured on the job will raise an issue that may cause the insurance company to dispute your case.

To avoid this file a written injury report with your safety director right away and keep a copy of it for your records.

Delay in seeing a doctor may cause the insurance company to raise a defense that you were hurt somewhere besides on the job.

Get into see your doctor or the emergency room or prompt care as soon as possible.

Failure to provide the doctor or nurse a detailed history of your injury at work will result in an investigation and will be raised as a defense against paying any settlement and medical bills.

Give a description of how the injury occurred to all your medical providers, including what body parts were involved, and where on the job that it happened. For instance, “I fell off the loading dock steps while carrying a box of parts and hurt my low back and right shoulder”.

Questions about how to protect your union work injury claim? Feel free to contact Illinois Work Comp Attorney Dirk May at 309-827-4371.

Union Workers and Back Injuries

Back injuries may be the number one type of injury union workers suffer on the job.

This is because most union jobs involve heavy lifting.

Treatments for back injuries range from pain medications, muscle relaxants, injections, physical therapy to surgery.

Serious back injuries may result in permanent lifting restrictions and prevent a union worker from returning to his or her job.

If you injure your back make sure to ask the doctor about an MRI. This type of test is the most sensitive for showing damage to the spine and discs.

Spinal surgery may involve disc repair, disc replacement, or fusion of different levels of the spine with hardware.

Once a back injury has occurred make sure to speak with an Illinois Workers’ Compensation lawyer because the stakes are high and the need for future medical treatment needs to be assessed.

Questions about your work injury? Feel free to contact Illinois Work Comp Attorney Dirk May at 309-827-4371.