Firefighters, Police, Public Safety Workers need more Workers’ Compensation Protections

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Illinois is also involved in the trend in providing additional protection for injured public safety workers.

Illinois Union Work Injury Cases

Union workers injured on the job usually have some of the highest value cases in Illinois.

The reason is that Union workers typically have some of the highest wages in the State.

Wage rates are a big factor in determining final value of the settlement or award. The higher the hourly rate the higher the settlement.

Union workers have a dangerous job environment. This may result in serious injuries that require surgery.

Surgical repairs also contribute to a higher value settlement.

Workers’ Compensation Arbitrators have historically awarded larger amounts for a surgery.

Be careful that the Workers’ Compensation Insurance Company does not treat you like the average injured worker.

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

When to Get a Work Injury Lawyer

If any of these things happen make sure to go see an Illinois Workers’ Compensation Lawyer.

The insurance company is not paying your medical bills, then get a lawyer.

The insurance company is not paying you while off work, then get a lawyer.

The insurance company is not paying your settlement, then get a lawyer.

It does not cost you anything up front to get an Illinois Workers’ Compensation lawyer. The lawyer is only paid if you win money.

Questions? Feel free to contact Illinois Workers’ Compensation Lawyer Dirk May at 309-827-4371.

Work Injuries and Surgery

Illinois Workers’ Compensation cases that result in surgery usually have a higher settlement value.

Why? Since Illinois law does not recognize pain and suffering in Work Comp cases.

Arbitrators and Commissioners who make the decisions in Workers’ Compensation cases seem to acknowledge that invasive treatment such as surgery alters the anatomy and may result in longer term problems such as arthritis, the need for future surgeries, and the potential for reduced strength and range of motion.

What is important for injured workers to remember is that you should make sure that the insurance company is paying the proper amount for your settlement after your surgery.

Make sure to consult with an experienced Illinois Workers’ Compensation lawyer to get what your case is worth.

Feel free to contact Illinois Work Injury Attorney Dirk May at 309-827-4371 to discuss your settlement.