Make Sure You Do This to Help Your Work Injury Case

The biggest problem that will sink a Workers’ Compensation claim is the lack of documentation at the time of the injury.

This means things like medical reports that do not include information on the work injury, such as how it happened and what body parts were injured.

Medical reports that say “no known cause of injury” will destroy your case.

The medical reports should record “fell at work and injured his knee and back” to help your case.

Go to the doctor right away.

Waiting to go to the doctor will kill your case.

The other problem is no accident or injury report completed at the time of injury.

Make an accident report immediately.

Be sure that you keep a copy of the report so it does not mysteriously disappear when you need it.

Keep track of the names and contact information of any witnesses to your work accident.

Trials usually do not happen until several years after your injury so witnesses may disappear.

Following these tips will take away many of the defenses Workers’ Compensation insurance companies use to defeat work injury claims.

The Arbitrator assumes that if you were injured on the job there will be a paper trial proving how the accident happened and what body parts you injured.

Make it easy on yourself and the Arbitrator to rule in your favor.

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

Another Tip for Work Injuries

Arbitrators in Illinois Workers’ Compensation cases rely heavily on what is called the “history of accident” found in medical records.

The Arbitrator is the Judge who makes the decision in your case.

If the Arbitrator does not find the proper history of accident or injury in the records she may deny your case and you will receive no money for your claim.

The basis for relying on the history of accident in the medical records is that what you tell the doctor or hospital workers at the time of your work injury will be the closest to the truth because it happened at or near the time of the accident versus something you tell the Arbitrator or someone else months or several years later.

For instance, if there is nothing in the medical records regarding your work accident then you most likely lose your case.

If the history of accident in the medical records is dramatically different from your testimony at trial, or if the description of the accident changes over time then you will most likely lose your case.

Make sure that on your first hospital or doctor visit that you tell each person your injury happened at work, how it happened and what body parts were injured.

Write down this information and take it with you to each medical visit.

This will make your Workers’ Compensation case strong when the insurance company tries to deny your claim.

Questions about your work injury case? Make sure to call Illinois Work Comp Lawyer Dirk May at 309-827-4371.

Make Sure That You Have Help With Your Workers’ Compensation Settlement

The Work Comp insurance companies have plenty of help from lawyers they hire to protect their interests.

Why shouldn’t you be able to have an experienced Illinois Work Comp lawyer help you negotiate your settlement?

It does not cost you anything unless you recover money.

The attorney fee is limited to 20 percent according to Illinois law.

This will give peace of mind to know that you are getting the best settlement possible and to make sure that your medical bills are being paid.

Do not listen to people who are not lawyers and do not understand the complex Workers’ Compensation system.

Make sure that you have someone on your side who will be able to explain what the insurance company is doing and what needs to be done to maximize your settlement and protect your future interests.

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

What Happens When My Work Injury Results in Surgery?

Your work injury is certainly serious if the doctor tells you that you need surgery.

The first step is to let the Workers’ Compensation insurance company know that your doctor has recommended surgery and request that the insurance company pay for the surgery.

Most insurance companies will decide to send you to see one of their doctors to determine whether they agree with the surgery recommendation.

You should consult with an experienced Illinois Work Comp lawyer immediately to discuss what this means for you and your case.

The doctor is not your doctor and will not be your treating doctor. She works for the insurance company. She may testify against you at trial. Anything you tell her may be used against you.

If the insurance company doctor says your condition is not related to the work injury, then you will have to go trial and have the Arbitrator decide between your doctor’s opinion and the insurance company doctor.

The insurance company may deny your surgery, however remember that you have options available to you and you do not have to take no for an answer.

The insurance companies have a large number of lawyers who are providing legal advice to them so make sure that you have an attorney on your side.

Feel free to contact Illinois Workers’ Compensation Attorney Dirk May to discuss how to get the most from your case.