Highest Value Workers’ Compensation Cases- Shoulders

Last week we discussed back injuries.

Another area of large settlements in Illinois Workers’ Compensation cases involve shoulder injuries.

One reason is that the law values the shoulder as part of the person as a whole worth a total of 500 weeks.

Once again this is the largest amount of total weeks for body parts.

The shoulder is vital to being able to work, of course, because it impacts activities such as reaching, lifting, handling and fingering.

Many shoulder injuries result in surgery.

Surgeries increase the value of your case.

Shoulders are often difficult to repair and difficult to return to pre-injury status.

Permanent limitations in lifting, reaching, handling and fingering will also increase the value of your settlement.

Questions about your work injury and the value of your case? Feel free to contact Illinois Work Comp Attorney Dirk May at 309-827-4371.

Highest Value Workers’ Compensation Injuries

Some of the biggest settlements in Illinois Workers’ Compensation cases involve back injuries.

One reason is that the law values the back at 500 total weeks.

This is the largest amount of total weeks for any body part.

The back is vital to being able to work, of course, because it impacts activities such as walking, lifting, standing and sitting.

Many back injuries result in surgery.

Surgeries increase the value of your case.

Permanent limitations in lifting, standing, walking and lifting will also increase the value of your settlement.

Questions about your work injury and the value of your case? Feel free to contact Illinois Work Comp Attorney Dirk May at 309-827-4371.

 

What A Work Comp Settlement Looks Like

Illinois does pay a set amount for specific work injuries.

Instead Illinois leaves it up to the Arbitrator to decide what is the value of the injury.

The Illinois Workers’ Compensation Law, and the cases that have been resolved over the years  guide how the injury is valued.

The average weekly wage has a big impact on how much you can recover.

Here are some examples.

Case 1. If you made $1000 a week and had a back injury that resulted in a disc herniation, but no surgery. The law says that you take 60 percent of your average weekly wage of $1000. That is $600. Disc herniations may pay from 7 to 10 percent of a person (500 total weeks for a back). The law says this is worth 35 weeks to 50 weeks. The value is between $21,000 to $30,000.

Case 2. Same wage, but a surgery is necessary to repair the disc herniation. This may result in a 15 percent rating. 75 weeks times $600 results in $45,000.

Case 3. The person only makes $500 a week. This cuts the figures in half. $10, 500 to $15,000 for disc herniation. Surgical back is only worth $22,500.

As you can see your wage makes a big difference in the settlement.

Surgery also increases the value.

Permanent restrictions will have a larger impact on value.

This simple example shows that the process is complicated.

Make sure that you get experienced help.

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

 

What You Can Get From Illinois Work Comp Law

When you are injured in Illinois you can expect certain results or rights.

First of all you are entitled to medical benefits related to your injury.

This includes such things as doctor visits, physical therapy, medications, surgery, injections.

Second, you are entitled to off work pay when the doctor keeps you from working related to your work injury.

This includes two-thirds of your average weekly wage based on the 52 weeks before you were injured.

Finally, you are entitled to a settlement after you have been released from the doctor.

There is no set value for the settlement. It is based on your wage, the type of injury, and the type of treatment received.

Some insurance companies will “forget” to pay the settlement.

If your bills are not being paid, or your time off work is unpaid, or if the settlement has not been paid make sure to contact an experienced Illinois Workers’ Compensation lawyer.

Questions about your work injury and what the insurance company is doing? Feel free to contact Illinois Work Comp Attorney Dirk May at 309-827-4371.