Who Is The Best Work Comp Attorney In Southern Illinois?
Illinois Workers Compensation Law Blog
by Mike Helfand
7h ago
A caller to my office didn’t want to work with me. I’m up in Chicago and he’s in southern Illinois. That was smart of him as you typically don’t want a Chicago attorney to handle a downstate case. It’s why I’ve created a state wide network of like minded attorneys and have great lawyers that I can recommend for workers injured anywhere in the State. In this case though, the worker was about as far south as you can get in Pulaski County. It’s almost Kentucky. He wanted to know who was the best work comp attorney in Pulaski County or in a neighboring county. The honest answer is that it’s nobody ..read more
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IL Work Comp – Don’t “Man Up”
Illinois Workers Compensation Law Blog
by Mike Helfand
3d ago
Oh man, did a recent call I had with an injured worker make my blood boil! I get so pissed off by insurance companies and employers who do things that are blatantly illegal. In this case, a worker got a terrible arm injury that required more than 50 stitches when they were pinned against a wall by a forklift. What happened next was I was told of three things that their boss said that are blatantly illegal/wrong. 1. The boss said no work comp because they should have jumped out of the way. 2. When presented with an off work slip from the doctor, the boss said they would get fired if they didn’t ..read more
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Ten Illinois Workers Compensation Truths To Be Thankful For
Illinois Workers Compensation Law Blog
by Mike Helfand
1w ago
It’s Thanksgiving week. Side note. We are never closed. If you ever want to speak with a lawyer for free, fill out our contact form or call us at 312-346-5578. If it’s after hours we have a 24 hour answering service who will page us right away. And we’ll call back right away, usually within minutes and always the same day. There’s a lot to be thankful for. Here are ten great things about Illinois workers’ compensation right now. 1. In person hearings are making a strong comeback. Covid caused a lot of problems for the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Commission, but we are on the way back to rec ..read more
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The Number One Reason We See Illinois Work Comp Cases Denied
Illinois Workers Compensation Law Blog
by Mike Helfand
1w ago
We are Chicago work comp lawyers who via our state wide network help people with work injuries everywhere in Illinois. We promise to give you free, honest advice about your case. Contact us at 888-705-1766 any time. First off, in my experience, when an Illinois work comp insurance company denies a claim, it’s quite often not for legitimate reasons. They try to deny you because you had a similar injury years ago or they make up some other reason. And while I know that insurance companies are sneaky and often straight up lie to injured workers, that doesn’t mean that every time they fight a case ..read more
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Can I Quit My Job If I’m On Workers Comp?
Illinois Workers Compensation Law Blog
by Mike Helfand
2w ago
One of the benefits of the strong jobs economy is that there are a lot of good jobs out there. Most people don’t have to stay in a bad job because a good paying job is available in many cases where you don’t have to have a crazy boss or toxic co-workers. While I would never recommend that you stay in an unsafe or unhealthy work environment if you don’t have to, the timing of when you should leave needs to take in to account your workers’ compensation case if you have one. Under Illinois work comp law, you get three main benefits: Payment of medical bills, payment for time off of work due to yo ..read more
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IL Work Comp, Getting Approval For A Spinal Cord Stimulator
Illinois Workers Compensation Law Blog
by Mike Helfand
3w ago
This is a post that thankfully won’t be relevant to most people who read my blog. That’s because it’s going to discuss a major back injury and treatment for people who can’t get better through physical therapy, epidural injections or surgery. I’m talking about a spinal cord stimulator. A spinal cord stimulator is like a pacemaker for your back. It gets surgically implanted in to your body and sends low levels of electricity to your spinal cord in order to decrease pain. It’s an often last resort pain management measure for very seriously injured people. The doctors who place these devices in y ..read more
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DWP, Medical Only Claims, And Other Illinois Work Comp Questions
Illinois Workers Compensation Law Blog
by Mike Helfand
3w ago
We are experienced Illinois work comp attorneys who will talk to you for free. Please call us any time at 312-346-5578. We help with accidents and injuries everywhere in Illinois. We get so many great questions that every couple of months I like to do a blog post about them. Here are some of the best ones we got this fall. What does DWP mean in Illinois workers’ compensation? It means dismissed for want of prosecution. That’s a fancy way of saying that your case was up on the status call at the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Commission and your lawyer didn’t show up. If the case was filed more ..read more
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Work Comp When You Die From A Drug Overdose
Illinois Workers Compensation Law Blog
by Mike Helfand
1M ago
A very nice guy called me the other day with a sad situation. His cousin had been injured on the job and was receiving workers’ compensation benefits for a back and neck injury. As you might expect, part of his treatment not only included physical therapy, but also pain medication. Prior to the work injury his cousin never took prescription drugs, but did drink regularly and smoke marijuana occasionally. Long story short is that he died of an opioid related drug overdose. They were told by a lawyer that they didn’t have a case because the death was drug related.  As a famous football comm ..read more
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Social Media And Illinois Workers’ Compensation
Illinois Workers Compensation Law Blog
by Mike Helfand
1M ago
When you are a teenager, you think, “When I’m older, I’ll understand teens and get what they are doing.” Sadly that is not the case, and I’ve been told by my own kids that I don’t understand. That’s OK, it’s part of being older and a parent. One thing I certainly don’t get is the obsession with social media. I have a Twitter account to check news and follow some comedians and soccer commentators, but I never post. I don’t use Instagram, Facebook, TikTok, etc. I don’t begrudge those who do, but don’t get the obsession of always posting or when I see kids staging so many photos of their “happy ..read more
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Proving A Repetitive Trauma Shoulder Injury In Illinois
Illinois Workers Compensation Law Blog
by Mike Helfand
1M ago
Do you have a shoulder injury that you think is work related? We are experienced Illinois work comp attorneys who will talk to you for free and in plain English. If you’d like a no commitment, confidential and free consultation, please call us any time at 888-705-1766.  We help with cases everywhere in Illinois. There are two major ways injuries happen on the job in Illinois. The first is a one time accident. Those cases can be hard to dispute because if you are walking down a hallway and get hit by a forklift and break your tibia, making a defense to that case can be a challenge. That’s ..read more
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