Watch Out- Danger in Completing Workers Compensation Forms

This is a cautionary tale to protect the value of your Illinois Workers’ Compensation case.

The forms you complete at the beginning of your work injury are very important and may make the difference between winning and losing.

Just imagine that you have sustained a work injury and work wants you to complete forms for off work pay and an incident report.

Suppose that you complete the form and you mark it is not a work related injury, or fail to mark that it is work related.

Or suppose that you complete the doctor office form and mark that it is not work related, or fail to mark that it is work related.

The Arbitrators and Workers’ Compensation Insurance companies pay close attention to these forms.

Some people initially will fail to tell others that it is a work related injury. There may be a variety of reasons: I misunderstood. I didn’t know that a gradual onset injury over time was a really a work injury. I was afraid they would fire me. I did not know who pay the bills.

Changing your story later will lead to all kinds of trouble.

The Arbitrator and Workers’ Compensation Insurance company will often take the position that there was no work injury because you told them so at the beginning of the case.

Do yourself a favor and report all work injuries in writing, immediately.

Confused? Uncertain? Make sure to discuss it with an experienced lawyer right away. Feel free to contact Illinois Workers’ Compensation Attorney Dirk May at 309-827-4371.

 

 

Death by Forklift is Really the PITs — Occupational Health & Safety

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OSHA safety tips. You do not want to have to see an Illinois Workers’ Compensation attorney because it means you were injured. You especially do not want to have your family see a work comp lawyer.

Worker injured at construction site for Jacksonville’s new water plant – News – The State Journal-Register – Springfield, IL

JACKSONVILLE – A worker was airlifted to the hospital to be treated for serious injuries after a fall from a ladder at the construction site of Jacksonville’s new water treatment plant Tuesday morning.According to a release from the city of Jacksonville, the worker fell approximately 20 feet. His name was not released, but the city identified him as a subcontractor.The lead contractor on the project is Williams Brothers Construction Inc. of Peoria Heights.Tyler Gilmour, project

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Workers injured on the job are entitled to Workers’ Compensation benefits in Illinois. This includes payment for related medical bills, time off work pay, and payment for the injury itself.

Protect Your Work Injury Claim or Suffer the Consequences

After spending the day at Illinois Workers’ Compensation oral arguments I can give you some quick impressions.

The Commission and Arbitrators are more conservative and making it harder on injured workers.

They are picking on what you tell your doctor and when.

They are picking on when you wait to go to the doctor.

They are picking on when you fail to notify your boss of your injury.

Some fast take tips.

File an accident report and make a copy of it as soon as possible.

Go to the doctor right away and tell them it is a work injury and how it happened.

Complain of your pain immediately or suffer the consequences.

Make sure to tell them of all injuries and the related pain.

If you do not do this then expect to be denied and be ready for a long battle.

Following these tips will make life easier for you and protect your settlement.

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

Capitol Fax.com – Your Illinois News Radar » Cullerton will call budget votes tomorrow

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Democrats claim they are reforming Workers’ Compensation laws. However, Republicans no show for meeting. Supposed to be some votes take place on Fourth of July.