Shootings and Workers’ Compensation

The rash of work place shootings is sad and disturbing.

Illinois law provides for victims of work place shootings to be compensated.

If an employee is killed, then the family may recover death benefits.

If a co-worker views the shooting and suffers trauma, then the co-worker may be able to recover benefits.

Much is situation specific, so you should contact an Illinois Work Comp lawyer to discuss.

Biggest Workers’ Compensation Mistakes

Delay in reporting your work injury as soon as possible can certainly cause you great problems in getting paid what you are entitled to under Illinois law. However, another mistake may be even more costly to your case.

Some insurance companies will neglect to pay you a settlement for your work injury.

Walking away from your work injury claim without a settlement will cause you to miss out on the money you are entitled to under the law.

You ability to get the settlement is time limited.

Therefore, to protect your settlement you should contact a Work Comp lawyer right away.

Questions about your Work Comp claim? Feel free to contact Illinois Workers’ Compensation Lawyer Dirk May at 309-827-4371.

What is open in the Illinois Legal Landscape

This is an update regarding what is happening in Illinois legal cases.

Social Security is no longer holding in person or video hearings. However, Social Security continues to allow telephone hearings. The result is the same if you win: you are entitled to monthly benefits for the rest of your life and many times you will get back benefits.

There is no indication when in person or video hearings will resume for Social Security cases.

Illinois Workers’ Compensation hearings have been on hold since the Ides of March. They are scheduled to resume in June. This will allow cases to be decided and winning injured workers will be paid.

Illinois Work Comp cases may still be settled. This will be the fastest way to be paid.

Things are looking up for injured workers and those who can no longer work because the legal system will be able to process cases and get people money they need and deserve.

Questions about your disability or work injury case? Feel free to contact Illinois Work Comp Attorney Dirk May at 309-827-4371.

Covid 19 and the Workplace

Illinois Workers’ Compensation law requires you to prove that it more likely than not that your work injury or disease resulted from the work place or work responsibilities.

We are learning more regarding Covid 19 everyday.

Proving a workplace exposure will most likely require expert medical testimony explaining how the exposed worker contracted the coronavirus and the resulting course of the disease.

Healthcare workers, grocery store and retail employees, nursing home workers, and people with high contact with the public will present the most straightforward cases.

Initially, it was thought people with coronavirus work exposure cases would have low value because of a quick medical recovery with limited permanent damages. However, there are reports of serious permanent damages for some people. Such as chronic kidney damage, severe breathing disorders, restrictions in walking and use of the arms, and death.

If you know of someone who has contracted Covid 19 on the job make sure to contact a Workers’ Compensation lawyer. Feel free to contact Illinois Workers’ Compensation Attorney Dirk May at 309-827-4371 to discuss your potential case.