Workers’ Compensation insurance companies will rarely agree to cover future medical treatment for your work injuries.
They want to close out the possibility of having to pay more money.
However, you may be able to use the request for future medical payments to drive up settlement value.
For instance, the insurance company may not agree to a blanket clause to leave open medical 5 years down the road. But it may agree to pay you an additional $10,000 toward future medical.
You have to think creatively.
This may result in some additional settlement dollars for you now.
Make sure to contact Illinois Work Injury lawyer Dirk May at 309-827-4371 to discuss ways to increase your work comp settlement.
Pre-trials are opportunities for lawyers to meet with the Arbitrator to get their view on a case. It is an informal discussion that is not binding, but it gives insight on how they would most likely rule on a case.
Today, during two pre-trial meetings with separate Illinois Workers’ Compensation Arbitrators the same theme came up.
The Arbitrators wanted to know the first medical history given at the time the injured person showed up in the doctor’s office.
It was important to both Arbitrators because they believed what the injured worker told the healthcare worker directly after the work accident was the closest to what really happened.
The early statements happened before anyone would be able to tell the injured person what to say or in some way influence them.
This emphasizes the importance of going to the doctor or hospital immediately and telling the doctor what happened, where it happened, how it happened, and all the body parts injured.
The medical records will be reviewed in detail and it will either support your case or weaken it.
Questions about your work injury? Feel free to contact Illinois Workers’ Compensation Attorney Dirk May at 309-827-4371.
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This is what a good history of work injury looks like for your employer accident report and your doctor visit.
On March 11, 2019, closed the fence to the truck yard and smashed my right hand between the post and gate. Pain and swelling started right away.
You should make a copy of your injury report for yourself and give it to the doctor’s office, if possible. Go to the doctor immediately if you can. Be specific and tell them how your injury happened at work.
This is what a bad history of injury looks like.
No accident report.
You tell the doctor that you cannot remember what happened, but you know your hand is hurting and you are not sure how long it has been like this.
Do not make these mistakes and damage your work comp case.
Questions about your work injury? Feel free to contact Illinois Work Injury Attorney Dirk May at 309-827-4371.
If you are injured on the job the Law provides you should receive 3 benefits.
First is medical treatment.
If your medical bills are not being paid, contact an Illinois Workers’ Compensation Attorney right away.
Second, you should be receiving time off work pay.
If you are not being paid or the amount is incorrect make sure to call a work injury lawyer.
Third, you are entitled to a settlement.
If the insurance company has failed to provide you with a settlement offer, or if you have a question whether the offer is fair be sure to contact an Illinois Work Comp attorney immediately.
Many work comp insurance companies will try to take advantage of an injured worker.
It pays to have someone on your side.
A Workers’ Compensation Lawyer is not paid until you are paid.
Questions about your work injury case? Feel free to contact Illinois Workers’ Compensation Attorney Dirk May at 309-827-4371.