Last week we discussed shoulder injuries.
Another area of large settlements in Illinois Workers’ Compensation cases involve knee injuries.
One reason is that the law values the knee as part of the person as a whole worth a total of 215 weeks.
This is a large amount of total weeks for a major body part.
The knee is vital to being able to work, of course, because it impacts activities such as walking, standing, and lifting.
Many knee injuries result in surgery.
Surgeries increase the value of your case.
Knees are often difficult to repair and result in arthritis and potentially require knee replacements in later years.
Permanent limitations in lifting, standing and walking will also increase the value of your settlement.
Questions about your work injury and the value of your case? Feel free to contact Illinois Work Comp Attorney Dirk May at 309-827-4371.
Whether it be a work injury, motor vehicle injury case, or Social Security Disability case, you want to make sure the Judge thinks favorably of you and your case.
Remember the Judge sees a large number of cases.
This means the Judge will have a sample size from which she compares with your case.
Make sure your case stands out in the right way, and influences the Judge to rule in your favor.
The Judge will be looking at your work history, the doctor’s notes, medical treatment, complaints of pain and physical and mental limitations.
A good work history indicates a willingness to work when able.
Doctor notes containing a clear history of your injury supports your testimony regarding how you were hurt and what body parts were injured.
Compliance with medical treatment shows that you are doing everything you can to get better.
Avoiding alcohol and drug abuse shows that your problems are related to your injuries and not substance abuse.
Complaints of pain and restrictions in your medical records supports your testimony at trial regarding pain and suffering.
Being polite and forthright in testimony before the Judge gives her impression that you can be trusted and are serious about your claim.
The idea is to make it easy for the Judge to empathize with you and want to help you.
Questions about your case? Feel free to contact Illinois injury and disability lawyer Dirk May at 309-827-4371.
Some quick tips to remember that will help your injury case.
Sooner is better than later.
Make sure to report your injury sooner rather later.
Make sure to file your case sooner rather later.
Make sure to go to the doctor sooner rather later.
Make sure to get your medical treatment sooner rather later.
The longer you wait the worse it gets.
The insurance company, Social Security, and the Judge become suspicious if you wait to long to report your injury, to go to the doctor, or to comply with medical advice.
You can lose benefits if you wait too long to file your Social Security Disability application.
Get help with what to do in your injury case sooner rather than later. Feel free to contact Illinois injury Attorney Dirk May at 309-827-4371.
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Police officers may sue for Workers’ Compensation benefits if a criminal injures them. Illinois Work Comp benefits include medical treatment, off work pay, and the value of the injury.
Too many people think that their injury is not bad and that they will not need to file either a work comp claim or injury claim against the insurance company.
The problem is that it is usually too late to change your mind if the injury becomes worse or there are costly medical tests or treatment required.
A few simple steps will protect any potential Illinois Workers’ Compensation claim or injury case you may have.
Report your injury immediately and make a written report.
Make copies of all your reports.
Go to the doctor right away.
Tell the doctor how the injury happened, where it happened, and all the body parts involved.
These straight forward, truthful actions will preserve any future claim you may have.
If your injury worsens, a written injury report at the time of the accident proves where it happened and what happened.
The doctor’s records are evidence of the need for medical treatment and what body parts were injured.
Many injury cases are lost at the initial stage of the accident.
Delay in reporting and seeking medical treatment gives the insurance company the opportunity to plant doubt in the Judge’s mind.
Protect your injury case. Feel free to contact Illinois Work Comp and Injury lawyer Dirk May at 309-827-4371.