What is Open Medical in Workers’ Compensation Cases

In Illinois you can get future medical treatment one of two ways in your Work Comp case.

You may settle the case and have it included in your contract.

This is very rare because the insurance company wants to close out the case and avoid paying for something down the road.

The other way is to have a trial.

If you win your case, this opens the possibility that you may seek medical in the future.

You will have to prove that your need for future medical is related to the original work injury.

You may have to have a second trial to get this future medical treatment approved.

So you must weigh whether it is worth it to fight a second time for the future medical treatment.

Some people want the settlement sooner and the certainty of the amount of money they will receive.

The trial itself takes longer and whatever the Arbitrator awards is what you get.

Just remember open medical is not an automatic pass for whatever treatment you want, whenever you want it.

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

What a Work Comp IME Means for You

When an insurance company sends you to an independent medical exam (IME) you must attend.

Under Illinois Law if you do not attend you will lose benefits and not be eligible for any settlement.

The IME doctor is hired by the insurance company.

The IME physician is not your doctor.

The IME doctor will not provide you any medical treatment.

The IME doctor may testify against you in your Work Comp case.

However, sometimes the IME doctor will rule in your favor.

This means that the insurance company will have to approve your treatment and pay your benefits.

Some tips to help you:

Be polite and nice to the IME doctor.

It may cause the doctor to provide a favorable opinion to you.

Make sure to take any medical records you may have or films of MRIs with you to the exam.

It does not hurt to be prepared.

Questions regarding your IME exam? Be sure to contact Illinois Work Injury Attorney Dirk May for a free meeting at 309-827-4371.

Make Sure to Do the Right Thing to Help Your Work Injury Case

Help your work injury case immediately and immensely by following these simple tips.

Put the details of your injury in writing and give it to your supervisor and human resources department.

This includes how it happened, where it happened, when it happened, and all the injuries you suffered.

Make a copy of everything you give to the employer for your own records.

Go to the doctor right away.

This will insure that your treatment will not be delayed, and will prevent any claim that you were not seriously injured.

Tell the doctor what happened at the job and what injuries you suffered. It may be wise to give the doctor a copy of your work injury report also.

Follow up with all treatment recommendations.

Do not allow the insurance company to allege that you made your injuries worse by not following Doctors’ orders.

Give your employer copies of all your doctor’s off work slips.

This will make sure that you get timely payment of your benefits.

Questions about your Workers’ Compensation case? Feel free to contact Illinois Work Comp Attorney Dirk May at 309-827-4371.