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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

What Happens When You Get Fired While On Work Comp?

First point, it’s illegal to fire someone for pursuing a workers’ compensation claim in Illinois.  We’ve seen cases where that’s happened and the fired worker has sued and won millions.  But that’s not what this post is about. What I’m talking about is when you are hurt at work and get let go because the … Continue Reading

Our Settlements From 2017 Should Not Impress You

That’s right, I’m telling you don’t be impressed by the work we’ve done.  Here are some of the settlements we’ve gotten this year on cases we’ve been a part of: $300,000.00 for man who severely tore his rotator cuff $48,000.00 for client with torn Achilles tendon that required surgery $627.11 per week for life for … Continue Reading

Can I Get A Payout For My Case?

You can get three things from any Illinois workers’ compensation case, but the insurance company only has to give you two of them. If you are hurt while performing your job duties, they have to pay for 100% of your medical care.  No co-pays, no out of pocket expenses as long as the treatment is … Continue Reading
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