Highest Value Workers’ Compensation Cases- Knees

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.

Healthcare: A dilemma for the injured and disabled

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You must have health coverage to get the treatment needed to prove your disability for Social Security. Often you must have your own health coverage while you fight the Workers’ Compensation insurance company. It is not easy to find health coverage.

Your Injury Case- What the Judge Sees

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.

Missouri Officer shot by handcuffed suspect

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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.

What to Expect from Your Work Comp Case

In Illinois the Workers’ Compensation law sets forth specific benefits for injured workers.

The benefits include payment of related medical services and treatment.

This includes doctors’ visits, injections, prescriptions, physical therapy, surgery, MRIs and xrays.

It also includes payment for time missed from work.

If you miss 13 days or less of work, then the first three days are not paid.

Payment is based on your average weekly wage for the 52 weeks before you were injured.

You are paid 2/3 of this amount. There is no tax on these benefits.

You are also entitled to a settlement for your injury.

The settlement is based on a certain number of weeks times 60 percent of your average weekly wage.

The settlement amount is negotiated relative to the injury, the medical treatment, and the permanent restrictions.

Pain and suffering does not enter into the calculation.

If you are not receiving payment for being off work, or payment of your medical bills, or your settlement you need to contact an experienced Illinois Workers’ Compensation lawyer.

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