Police officer in Jerseyville critically injured, burglary suspect killed in shootout | Law and order | stltoday.com

Injured Jerseyville officer is former St. Louis police officer.

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In Illinois, Police Officers injured on the job are entitled to Workers’ Compensation benefits. This includes payment of medical expenses, off work pay at the rate of 66 percent of the weekly rate, and payment for the value of the injury based on a certain number of weeks per body part. Illinois does not have a schedule based on the type of injury. Each injury must be determined on its own with negotiation between the insurance company and the injured worker. Assaults against officers are included in work comp claims.

Get Inside the Judge’s Head to Win Your Work Comp Case

You must understand how the Judge views your work injury case to present your best possible case.

The Judge, whose title is Arbitrator, will decide whether or not you win and how much you win.

Let’s take a look at a few different situations from the Judge’s perspective.

1. The injured worker is asked whether she told her boss about her fall and torn knee at work.

She testifies that she told her boss a week later because she was afraid that her boss would get mad at her and fire her.

The Arbitrator thinks it is strange that the worker waited so long to tell the boss if she had a serious injury, and company policy requires prompt reporting of all injuries.

2. The injured worker is asked when he went to the  doctor for his back pain.

The injured worker testifies that he waited to see the doctor for two weeks because he thought the pain would get better.

The Arbitrator does not believe the pain was that bad if he was able to hold off on seeing the doctor.

3. The injured worker testified that he stopped seeing the doctor after his back surgery, however his pain kept him from lifting more than 10 pounds and he was unable to stand more than 20 minutes at a time.

The Arbitrator is unable to understand why a person would stop seeing the doctor if his limitations were that severe.

4. The injured worker testifies that she told her supervisor immediately after hurting her shoulder lifting 30 pound bags and completed an accident report detailing the accident and injuries to her neck and right shoulder. The injured worker has medical records of a doctor visit the same day and a history of the accident sustained. She has medical records with off work notes, and restrictions detailed.

The Arbitrator finds it easy to understand how the accident happened and the nature and extent of the injuries.

Help the Arbitrator make it easy  to rule in your favor.

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

To hell and back: Area man minimizes opioids, maximize other treatments | Local News | pantagraph.com

DAWSON — Larry Marxman has been to hell and back.

Source: To hell and back: Area man minimizes opioids, maximize other treatments | Local News | pantagraph.com

Chronic pain is a major issue with many Illinois Workers’ Compensation injuries and Social Security Disability cases. Getting the pain under control often allows the person to return to work.

Do You Settle or Have a Trial in Your Workers’ Compensation Case?

Make sure that you understand the ramifications of your choices in your Illinois Workers’ Compensation case.

When you settle your case you will be paid and then all further medical treatment related to your work injury will be stopped. If you need another xray, MRI, injection or surgery it will be your responsibility.

It most cases this does not matter because your injury has healed and there will be no need for additional treatment.

However, you must be certain that you will not need more medical treatment before you settle.

If you believe you may need additional medical treatment, then you will have to take your case to trial.

The reason is that if you win at trial you are automatically provided with the right to seek future medical.

An example would be if you have a surgery that involves screws or plating, then you may be need future removal of the hardware. You would have to seriously consider taking your case to trial in this circumstance.

Questions regarding your Illinois work injury case? Feel free to contact Illinois Workers’ Compensation Attorney Dirk May at 309-827-4371.

One man injured in Lincoln body-shop blaze

LINCOLN — Firefighters spent much of Wednesday afternoon battling a blaze at a Lincoln auto body shop that damaged the building and left one man with severe injuries.The Lincoln Fire Department was called to Treu Body Works, 925 N. Kickapoo St., just before 11:30 a.m. for a fire inside the paint room at the 12,000-square-foot, two-building facility.As surrounding agencies arrived, the fire had grown to the point that the roof of the building nearest to the road began to collapse.The

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Employees injured in an explosion or fire may still file for Illinois Workers’ Compensation benefits even if the cause is unknown. Firefighters injured fighting the fire may also file for work comp benefits.