Legal Advice Everyone Should Know

This isn’t Illinois work comp legal advice, but it’s still important.  This year I’ve had at least four current or former clients call me with almost the same scenario.  They got a random phone call from someone that said that they owe money from a lawsuit and if they don’t pay to settle it that day, they are going to be arrested.

It’s a scam and it’s a biggie.  Gullible and scared people are paying these criminals thousands of dollars every day because the scammers are really good at what they do.  But don’t fall for this trap, no one gets arrested in the USA because they didn’t pay a credit card bill or something like that.

Another version of this scam are crooks posing as DEA agents.  These scumbags have bought mailing lists from Canadian companies that sell drugs illegally in to the US.  They tell you that you are going to be arrested within 24 hours, but then offer you an easy way out by paying a fine via Western Union.  Again, our legal system doesn’t work that way.  And while it may be against the law to buy Viagra or steroids from another country, our Government for all of their faults, doesn’t waste their time going after small time drug users, especially not over the phone.

If you get a call like this, I encourage you to hang up or to tell the caller to f themselves.  And while this isn’t my area of expertise, if you really aren’t sure about what’s going on and need to be talked off the ledge, feel free to call me.

We are workers' compensation attorneys that help people with Illinois work injuries anywhere in IL via our statewide network of attorneys. Contact us and we will answer your questions or find the right lawyer for your situation.

 12/8/11

"I was told that I didn't work there long enough to get a repetitive trauma injury from the job."

This was a comment from a reader who got lateral epicondylitis from working as an assembly line worker.  With no training he started a 12 hour day with heavy use of his right arm.  At the end of the 2nd day his elbow was really hurting him.  After two more days of work he went to his doctor who referred him to an orthopedic specialist that made the diagnosis.

He didn't want to risk his job, but knew that if he failed to report his injury to his boss he could forfeit his right to workers' compensation benefits in Illinois.  He told his foreman that his doctor felt the job was contributing to the problem and the foreman just blew it off saying that he didn't work there long enough to have a job injury.

Of course the foreman is wrong.  This is a legitimate injured, detailed as caused by the job from a medical doctor who specializes in treating elbow problems.  We will take on this case and get benefits for our client who now needs surgery.  Had he waited too long he likely wouldn't have been able to do the job and he would have risked eligibility for benefits.  If they let him go they will have to keep paying him benefits until he has a full duty release so they actually have a motivation to keep him on.

Moral of the story:  Don't listen to non-attorneys when determining if you have a valid case.  This is especially true if the person giving the "advice" doesn't have your best interests at heart.

We are workers' compensation attorneys that help people with Illinois work injuries anywhere in IL via our statewide network of attorneys.  Contact us and we will answer your questions or find the right lawyer for your situation.