Work Injury-Why Should I See the Doctor Right Away?

Injured workers will often think that their injury will get better without seeing a doctor.

This is dangerous thinking for several reasons.

First, the longer you wait may result in an injury that becomes worse.

Second, Work Comp insurance companies will many times use delay in seeking medical treatment as a reason to deny your work injury claim.

How can they do this?

Their argument will be that delay means it is not work related.

The related argument is that your injury is not very serious if you did not see a doctor immediately.

Can they get away with this?

The Illinois Workers’ Compensation Arbitrators focus on the medical records in making their rulings.

If there are medical records with gaps in medical treatments or long delays between date of injury and time of treatment, then the Arbitrator may deny your case or give it a reduced value.

You do not want to jeopardize your case.

Put your best case forward: go the the doctor right away after your injury and explain to the doctor how you were injured at work.

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

Do Your Work Injury Case Right, the First Time

I am tired of seeing injured people get hurt worse when they fail to follow the proper steps to protect their work comp case.

Judges look closely at the medical records.

Do they include a history of how you were hurt at work?

Do they explain how the accident happened?

Do they list all your work injuries?

Did you go to the doctor as soon as possible after the accident?

Do you have copies of the work injury report you made to your employer?

Do you have the names and titles of any witnesses?

Do you follow doctor’s orders?

Make sure to follow these simple steps and the value of your case will be as high as the law allows.

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

Be Careful Santa’s Helpers- Don’t Get Hurt

For all you delivery drivers, packagers and processors this time of year think safety first.

However, if you are injured on the job make sure to report your injury to your supervisor right away. Make a copy of your injury report also.

Go to the doctor immediately and tell them about all your injuries and how it happened at work.

Your Work Injury rights are time off work pay, paid medical treatment for your injury, and a settlement once you are healed.

Feel free to contact Illinois Work Injury Attorney Dirk May at 309-827-4371 with any questions.

Have a safe and Merry Christmas.

When Do I Settle My Work Injury Case?

You do not want to settle your Illinois Workers’ Compensation case until you have completed your medical treatment.  

This means having your surgery, injections, physical therapy and being released from the doctor.

The reason is that settling the case leaves any future medical treatment and bills as your responsibility. 

You want to avoid this and have your insurance company pay all bills.

You also want to know if your doctor will release you to return to work full duty, or if you will have any permanent restrictions.

The value of the case depends on any restrictions you may have and what medical treatment you received.

Once treatment is completed you should return to work for several weeks to see how your body responds, and whether you will need to return to the doctor for any further evaluation.

You should then come up with a plan to negotiate with the insurance company. What amount of money are you going to demand?

You should seek the advice of an experienced Illinois Work Injury attorney to guide you in your negotiations.

Remember in Illinois there is no attorney fee charge until you recover payment from the Workers’ Compensation insurance company.

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