Tips for Testifying in Court

Whether you are going to court for your Workers’ Compensation case or a Social Security Disability case it can make you very nervous.

Here are some tips to calm you and help you put the best light on your case.

Make sure you practice your answers. You can do this with your lawyer and at home with a friend or family member.

The attorney and the Judge may ask you a series of questions to help the court understand your case and health conditions.

For instance, in an Illinois Workers’ Compensation case the most important questions are how were you injured, what treatment did you receive, what is your condition like today, and what limitations do you have.

The attorney for the insurance company may try to attack how your accident occurred, and dispute that your injury is related to the accident.

The Judge wants to understand the circumstances surrounding your accident and how it impacts your condition currently.

In Social Security Disability cases the Judge wants to understand why you cannot work any job at this time. In addition, the Judge wants to understand your functional limitations regarding sitting, standing, lifting, walking, reaching, handling and fingering.

The Social Security Judge also wants to know how your conditions limit your daily activities and ability to do chores.

It is important to understand that the Workers’ Compensation Arbitrator or Judge decides your case on the basis of whether your accident caused your condition and the value is dependent on your limitations and the type of medical treatment you received.

Regarding Social Security Disability cases, the Judge has to decide if there is any job you can perform.

Questions about your upcoming case and how to prepare? Feel free to contact Illinois Work Injury and Social Security Disability Attorney Dirk May at 309-827-4371.

Denied- Why Did Work Comp Do That?

The insurance company may allow some initial treatment, but then notify you that it will not authorize an MRI or will not pay you while you are off work.

Is that legal in the State of Illinois?

It is allowed as long they explain the denial in writing.

There are usually several reasons for the denial of work comp benefits.

The injury did not happen at work. This means that you failed to notify anyone of the injury or you waited too long to tell your employer.

You are not really hurt. This defense is used when you delay in seeing your doctor.

The work accident could not have caused your injury. Translation: one of your hobbies hurt your back, not the lifting at work.

You are healed. The insurance company is tired of paying you and paying your doctor.

To protect your case you must make sure you respond to each insurance company defense.

Make sure to get help from an experienced Illinois Workers’ Compensation Attorney to avoid or combat these defenses.

Feel free to contact Illinois Work Injury Attorney Dirk May at 309-827-4371. No feel until you recover benefits.