Documenting or proving your injury and restrictions is very important for Social Security Disability, Illinois Workers’ Compensation case, and personal injury case.
This will lead to a greater possibility of winning your case and increase the settlement value of your case.
Some top ways of accomplishing this are as follows:
Have the doctor complete an Illinois Secretary of State Disability certificate for your motor vehicle. This describes your disability and restrictions for parking purposes.
Have the doctor complete a prescription for any cane or walker you may require.
Have the doctor list your restrictions in writing. This will explain your limitations.
Ask for a functional capacity evaluation. This is a test that a physical therapist usually administers over one to two days and the purpose to address capability of walking, standing, lifting and use of the hands. Some insurance companies will not pay for this test.
Have a doctor complete a residual functional capacity form. The doctor will provide his opinion regarding your ability to walk, stand, sit, lift and use your hands. It does not require a test such as mentioned above.
Ask for Xrays, MRI’s, EMG’s, breathing tests, or heart tests based on the specific body parts that are bothering you.
Questions about what all this means for your injury or disability case? Feel free to contact Bloomington, Illinois Attorney Dirk May at 309-827-4371.
Source: 2017 – 03/22/2017 – OSHA, Operation Engineers, Local 150, renew alliance to train, protect Illinois heavy equipment operators | Occupational Safety and Health Administration
OSHA and union work together to protect Illinois heavy equipment operators. On the job injuries may result in both an Illinois Workers’ Compensation claim and an OSHA violation.
Source: 2017 – 01/12/2017 – Masonry contractor continues to expose workers to fall hazards | Occupational Safety and Health Administration
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Falls leading cause of fatalities in construction industry since 2010. Workers’ Compensation law in Illinois pays specific death benefits.
Social Security law requires that your disability payments be offset or reduced to take into account any Workers’ Compensation settlement.
This makes it very important for your Workers’ Compensation lawyer to be aware of your filing for Social Security Disability benefits.
The best situation is to use the same lawyer for both the work injury claim and the Social Security Disability claim, however if that is not possible then make sure that your Workers’ Comp lawyer talks with your Social Security attorney.
Your work comp lawyer must make sure to put special spread language approved through SSA to reduce any offset as much as allowed pursuant to SSA rules.
I have seen several Work Comp settlements that have not used this special language and the disabled workers suffers greatly as a result.
These injured workers have had their Social Security disability benefits cut off for several years.
The result is that it would have better for the injured worker to never have taken any money for the Work Comp settlement.
Make sure that you do not sign any work comp settlement contracts without having them reviewed carefully by and experienced Social Security Disability attorney.
Do you have a work comp injury and are you disabled? Feel free to contact me, Dirk May, an experienced Social Security Disability and Illinois Workers’ Compensation Attorney at 309-827-4371.
A new doctor at Springfield Clinic hopes his expertise can help patients avoid becoming statistics in the nationwide epidemic of prescription painkiller
Source: Springfield Clinic’s new pain specialist tries non-pill methods
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Chronic pain is often a big part of Workers’ Compensation and Social Security Disability cases. It is certainly worth trying new approaches to break the cycle of pain and improve functioning.