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IL Work Comp – How To Beat An IME Exam

A caller to my office told me that he was hurt at work and receiving benefits for a knee injury.  His doctor wants to do surgery, but before the insurance company would approve it, they want him to see an IME (independent medical examination) doctor. He’s heard stories about how many of these physicians are … Continue Reading

Is Your Work Comp Attorney Giving You Love?

Happy Valentine’s Day!  It’s unethical (and gross) for an attorney to be in a romantic relationship with a client.  But that doesn’t mean your lawyer shouldn’t give you love. By “give you love” I mean your attorney should care about you.  How can they do that? Do they return your phone calls? Are they talking … Continue Reading

Odd Lot Permanent Total And Illinois Work Comp

To be permanently and totally disabled under Illinois law means that there is essentially no job you can do because your injuries and physical restrictions due to the injury are so severe that they prevent you from being able to work.  The standard to show that under Illinois work comp law is different than showing … Continue Reading

Stress Fractures And Illinois Workers Compensation Law

It’s official: The most common cause of workplace injury is working too hard. Okay, perhaps that is an extreme way to put it, but records continuously show through the years that the most common cause of workplace injury is overexertion. Overexertion includes tasks involving repetitive motion, which in turn, can temporarily, or even permanently, injure … Continue Reading

Chicago Worker Falls Off A Truck And Gets $21 Million

Last month, a truck driver was awarded $21,600,000.00 in a lawsuit that stemmed from him falling off his truck, hitting his head and getting a traumatic brain injury (TBI).  How is this possible? This case happened because it wasn’t just a workers’ compensation case and his lawyers did a great job of identifying that not … Continue Reading

Can The Insurance Company Subpoena My Taxes?

I don’t want to say that the people who run insurance companies are cartoon villains, but sometimes their minions sure act like there is a crazy evil hand controlling all of their moves. At the start of the case you are likely to get a request for medical record authorization form.  It’s usually a broad … Continue Reading

Can They Make Me Have Surgery With The IME

I’ve written before about the Illinois work comp law principle that says the insurance company can’t make you have surgery if you don’t want to.  Having something like a spine surgery is a big decision and it’s your decision.  If not having the surgery leaves you with permanent restrictions and costs the insurance company more … Continue Reading
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