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An Illinois Work Injury Worth Over $15 Million!

Typically when you have an accident on the job that causes an injury the best you can hope for is a good workers compensation case. A workers compensation case of course will cover all of your medical expenses, and financial benefits while you are off work recovering from the injury. Usually in cases like this … Continue Reading

Illinois Maximum TTD and PPD Rates Have Changed

The Illinois Workers’ Compensation Commission has updated the minimum and maximum benefits rates. The Commission provides these updates twice a year. These benefits rates are the upper and lower limits on the amount a person can receive on a weekly basis if he/she is not able to earn their regular wages because of a work … Continue Reading

Can I Go On My Vacation After I Got Hurt At Work?

A caller to our office suffered a really serious shoulder injury that was going to keep her out of work for three months or more following a surgery.  She was in physical therapy and making great progress, but got very upset and nervous after receiving a call from an insurance adjuster telling her that she … Continue Reading

“If Bozo The Clown Was A Chicago Work Comp Lawyer”

Normally when an Illinois work comp attorney does something terrible, it makes me frustrated and I write a blog post as a therapeutic way to vent about while hopefully helping readers learn more about Illinois workers compensation law and how things really work.  I had a unique experience recently when a very dumb Chicago workers’ … Continue Reading

Illinois Work Injury Worth $7.5 Million

The most massive Illinois work injury cases are worth a few hundred thousand dollars.  I’m talking about cases where someone is permanently disabled from working or has a large wage differential from what they used to earn compared to what they can now earn due to permanent restrictions.  In death cases, the minimum payout over … Continue Reading

How Long Does It Take To Get A HUGE Settlement?

I was sent an e-mail written by a lawyer at what I think is the worst Chicago workers’ compensation law firm. They lose clients all of the time and this was another unsatisfied customer due to their lies and terrible customer service. In the e-mail that was sent after the client told the attorney they … Continue Reading

What Your Lawyer Should Do Before Settling Your Case

In 99% of cases you’ll get more money for settling your case with a lawyer than without.  Sadly I learned about the 1% recently where you won’t. A caller to my office was upset because his Chicago workers’ compensation attorney did a settlement without talking to him first. He mailed the client contracts, but sent … Continue Reading

Make Sure You Know This When Settling Your Case

At some point, everyone who is hurt at work will be thinking about settling their Illinois workers’ compensation case.  A recent call showed some pretty bad lawyering and a warning sign of the one thing you must know when settling your case. A woman had been hurt more than three years ago and was upset … Continue Reading

IL Work Comp – How A Wage Differential Really Works

A wage differential is a substitute for the traditional settlement that happens in most Illinois workers’ compensation cases.  If you end up with permanent medical restrictions that your employer can’t accommodate, you then need to look for a job within your restrictions.  If you can only find a job that causes you a significant wage … Continue Reading

When The Insurance Company On Your Case Switches

This post has a lot to with injured workers at really big companies. I’m talking places like United Airlines, Yellow Freight, The City of Chicago, ComEd, etc.  But it offers great strategy for those at smaller companies too. Big companies are often self insured.  That means they don’t pay insurance premiums for workers’ compensation in … Continue Reading

If Your Case Is Ready To Settle, Now Is The Time

I publish something like this post every year at this time, but do it because it’s so important. If you want to settle your Illinois workers’ compensation claim and your case should be settled (meaning you aren’t receiving treatment any more and are either back to work or have done a long time job search) … Continue Reading
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