I have seen many people testify in Social Security Disability, injury cases, and Work Comp cases.
It is a nerve wracking experience for most people.
Here is the best way to approach this important moment for you and your case.
Remember that the Judge is a person just like you are.
You are inclined to help someone who is polite, nice and honest.
Make it easy for the Judge to want to help you.
So be sure to be early for your hearing.
Wear clean clothes. They do not have to be fancy but be presentable.
Answer questions in a believable and friendly way. Do not fight or argue with the Judge.
Give the Judge a picture of how your daily activities are impacted as a result of your injury.
You can do certain things, however be ready to explain your limitations and how your condition has changed you since the injury.
Remember if give the Judge all the reasons to like you the trial will go much smoother for you.
Questions about your injury case? Feel free to contact Illinois injury and Social Security Disability Attorney Dirk May at 309-827-4371.
Working together with your lawyer really does improve the value of your case.
The reason is that you know better than anyone what has happened to you and how it is effecting your daily life, and your lawyer knows the law and how it applies to your situation.
Blending the facts and the law together is what makes your case powerful and convinces the Judge that you should be awarded maximum value according to the law.
Your part of the team work is to keep the lawyer informed of your medical bills, medical treatment, and what the doctors are telling you about your condition.
The lawyer’s role is to explain what will best convince the Judge of your disability, limitations, and permanent restrictions.
Make sure to keep in frequent contact with your lawyer so you may discuss different approaches and ideas.
It is very important to keep up with your doctor visits and constantly inform your doctor of your problems and limitations.
Make sure that you ask the doctor for prescriptions for assistive devices such as braces, canes, walkers or aids such as disability parking placards.
Your lawyer will want to discuss with you what types of questions will be asked at the trial or hearing well ahead of time so you can prepare.
Questions about how to improve your team work? Feel free to contact Illinois work injury and Social Security Disability lawyer Dirk May at 309-827-4371.
Here are some tell tale signs that the insurance company is not on your side:
If they want to take your statement right away regarding the accident;
If they delay in paying your medical bills;
If they delay in paying you while you are off work;
If they make an immediate settlement offer;
If they do not respond to your calls, texts, or emails;
If they tell you work does not know about your injury;
If they do not authorize your medical treatment;
If they forget to offer you a settlement.
Any of these things happen make sure to call a work injury or injury lawyer immediately.
Injury lawyers only get paid if you win your case.
Questions about if you are being treated properly? Feel free to call work injury lawyer Dirk May at 309-827-4371.
With two young children in her car, an Athens woman recorded herself on social media brandishing a gun and making threats as she followed another woman Sunday, according to the Sangamon County Sheriff’s Office.Brooke M. Tapscott, 24, was booked into the Sangamon County Jail on possible charges of unlawful possession of a weapon, aggravated assault and possession of a controlled substance.The latter charge was because deputies discovered a pill bottle that Tapscott did not have a
Source: Sheriff’s office: Athens woman uses social media while brandishing gun
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Perfect example of what not to do.
Whether you have a criminal case, work injury, motor vehicle injury case, or social security disability claim make sure that you do not do stupid things on social media. This can and will be used against you to attack your claim. The result will be dismissal of your case or seriously diminished damages as a result.
You must make sure that you understand the rules and the climate of Illinois Workers’ Compensation.
Factor this is in your settlement decision.
Your goal is to maximize your settlement.
Do not listen to so called experts who tell you what they got or a neighbor or relative received in a settlement.
They are usually misinformed or lying.
Illinois Workers’ Compensation Arbitrators and Commissioners have turned very conservative in recent years because of the political situation.
There has been much criticism of the system as being tilted against the employer.
It is much tougher now and this has resulted in lower awards and denials of many cases.
If you are denied you will receive nothing for your injuries.
A decent settlement offer is worth more to you than walking away with nothing in your pocket.
I have seen injured workers with settlement offers of $30,000 and above who have rejected the offer and gone to trial, only to lose and receive zero.
Do not be someone who rejects a reasonable offer and then gets nothing.
How do you tell if the offer is reasonable?
Make sure to consult with an experienced Illinois Work Comp Lawyer. It will cost you nothing to do this.
Questions about your work injury? Feel free to contact Illinois Workers’ Compensation Attorney Dirk May at 309-827-4371.