Different Lawyers Do Different Things and Cost Different Amounts

Illinois Workers’ Compensation Lawyers, Personal Injury Lawyers and Social Security Disability Lawyers do not charge any upfront fees. They only get paid at the end of the case.

This helps you because you do not have to pay any money out of pocket. The fee comes from the settlement or recovery.

TV shows usually focus on lawyers who are paid $500 an hour or who charge a $5,000 retainer fee.

Lawyers who help you with injury or disability cases do not charge any hourly fees or retainers.

Why use a lawyer at all?

All these areas of the law: Social Security Disability, Personal Injury, Work Injury are complicated and have many pitfalls.

Why go it alone when you can hire an expert and not pay any money unless you win?

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

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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.