When Your Illinois Work Comp Attorney Sucks
Illinois Workers Compensation Law Blog
by Mike Helfand
16h ago
I had a very interesting call with an injured worker recently that was going through a unique situation. Her case was set for trial and as she was preparing for trial she felt her attorney was a bit off. So she looked him up and discovered that he’s not licensed to practice law. I can’t tell you enough how hugely surprising this is as it’s a potential felony and this person works at a well known firm. So what it seems like is that this former attorney is working and just hasn’t told anyone that he lost his license. While this is an extreme example, it’s not the first time we’ve seen an attorne ..read more
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FedEx Work Comp Cases In Illinois
Illinois Workers Compensation Law Blog
by Mike Helfand
3d ago
Federal Express, or FedEx as it is known to almost everyone, employs a lot of people. Over 540,000 people work for FedEx. Many thousands of those work right here in Illinois. The shipping company is known for its air delivery service, FedEx Express, which gets packages to their destination overnight. FedEx also has FedEx Ground (think delivery trucks), FedEx Office (originally Kinko’s), and other services. Its main competitor is UPS. There are a variety of positions at FedEx that are critical to its daily operations. Pilots fly cargo planes across the country and delivery drivers drop off pack ..read more
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Chipotle Workers Comp Lawyers In Illinois
Illinois Workers Compensation Law Blog
by Mike Helfand
1w ago
Fast food in the United States sure has changed since I was a kid. McDonald’s, Wendy’s, Burger King, Taco Bell and KFC were the main options. Now we have a few healthier options to choose from including Subway, Panera, and Chipotle. Chipotle (which is completely company owned, meaning no franchises) likes to advertise that their food is made fresh. They pride themselves on the fact that there are no freezers in their restaurants. When you get to the front of the line at a Chipotle, you usually see an employee or two at the grills cooking up the meat. This method of fast food may be great for t ..read more
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Don’t Create A Defense For The Insurance Company
Illinois Workers Compensation Law Blog
by Mike Helfand
1w ago
I have the pleasure of talking to so many people every month. There are so many great questions that we get. One of them is a variation on, “What is the best thing I can do if I’m hurt while working?” The number one thing you can do if you are hurt at work and want to bring a work comp case is to get medical treatment as soon as possible. So many workers try to “tough it out” and avoid going to the doctor. I get it, I don’t like going to the doctor either. So instead, they take a lot of Advil and do the best they can until the pain becomes unbearable. Sometimes this plan works, but far too oft ..read more
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Illinois Workers Compensation and Social Security Disability
Illinois Workers Compensation Law Blog
by Mike Helfand
2w ago
If you have been seriously injured at work, it is important to understand the difference between workers compensation and social security disability benefits. Most workers don’t end up applying for social security, but if you do, not knowing the rules could cost you thousands of dollars. Workers compensation is a program to provide benefits to workers if they suffered a work-related illness or injury. Companies are required to have workers compensation insurance, so that an employee can file a workers compensation claim and receive a settlement to cover their medical expenses and lost wages. T ..read more
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Illinois Workers’ Compensation Scammer
Illinois Workers Compensation Law Blog
by Mike Helfand
2w ago
Not too long ago I had a call from someone that felt like it should be an April Fools call, but it wasn’t. Basically, the caller was worried about her son. He had received payment for being off work for three months, but apparently was on video, drunk and dancing at a party and joking about how he had faked a work injury so he didn’t have to work all winter. Apparently the insurance company has become aware of this video. Mom was calling because her son told her he wanted to get a lawyer to get a settlement. Some thoughts on this: There is zero chance an insurance company is going to offer hi ..read more
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IL Work Comp – Your Employer Can’t Talk To Your Doctor
Illinois Workers Compensation Law Blog
by Mike Helfand
3w ago
I’ve been blogging for more than a decade and I try to not throw over legally terms out there, but instead talk in plain English. That’s how I like to be talked to and I’ve found that most injured Illinois workers appreciate that. I’m going to violate my rule for a second. I’ve noticed many employers, especially downstate, are violating something called the Petrillo Doctrine. It’s something you should worry about if you have a work comp case. What is the Petrillo Doctrine? It’s a law that developed from an old court case. It basically says your employer, their attorney, the insurance company o ..read more
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Trucking Company Tries To Trick Employees Out Of Illinois Work Comp Rights
Illinois Workers Compensation Law Blog
by Mike Helfand
3w ago
We have helped thousands of truck drivers pursue Illinois workers’ compensation benefits. For those clients, if they don’t hire an attorney who delivers great customer service, they are going to have a hard time. I say that because quite often they live of state so they can’t just pop into the office. They also are on the road working a lot so they need an attorney who’s available when they are. Truck drivers bring Illinois workers comp cases when they are injured in Illinois or their home terminal is here and that’s where they went to get hired. They also of course can bring a case in Illinoi ..read more
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Don’t Treat With The Company Doctor Only
Illinois Workers Compensation Law Blog
by Mike Helfand
1M ago
Nothing sets me off more than insurance companies and employers blatantly lying to injured workers about their rights. I heard a terrible lie a worker was told lately. It’s honestly one of the worst ones I’ve ever been told. This worker tore their rotator cuff and has been treating with the company doctor only. He wanted to see his own orthopedic doctor, but the workers comp coordinator at his company told him, “That’s a really bad idea. It will delay things and the insurance company won’t pay for it anyway.” What really happened is that the company doctor has been delaying things. He made the ..read more
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The Dumbest Thing I’ve Heard An Illinois Work Comp Attorney Do In A While
Illinois Workers Compensation Law Blog
by Mike Helfand
1M ago
I just don’t get some lawyers. It’s usually the older ones who do the dumbest things, and that is exactly what happened to a recent caller to my office. She had a major injury which requires back surgery. She hired a lawyer who has over 40 years of experience and a reputation as a crotchety asshole. I get the sense he doesn’t like being a lawyer anymore so sadly it appears that he takes out his frustrations on his clients. Her benefits got cut off after an independent medical exam (IME) said she the surgery she needs isn’t related to her job. She had a question about that and what she should d ..read more
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