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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

Why Six Illinois Workers Lost Their Work Comp Trials

Every month I receive a publication called the “Illinois Workers’ Compensation Law Bulletin.”  Essentially it highlights recent cases that have gone to trial and often we can use these cases to give you legal advice or learn about new case law.  In my opinion, if your attorney isn’t reading this they aren’t doing their job. … Continue Reading

They Paid My Medical Bills and TTD, Now What?

Illinois workers’ compensation law typically provides three things in every case, payment of medical bills, payment of lost time from work (TTD benefits) and a settlement (PPD or permanent partial disability) when you are all better. Only the medical and TTD are mandatory by law unless the insurance company has a good reason to deny them. … Continue Reading
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