Traffic accidents can be an overwhelming experience even when there are no injuries. When you add in the stress that medical expenses can cause, the situation can be a dire one, indeed. This is especially true when you aren’t sure how to cover your medical bills while your personal injury claim is getting resolved. Let’s … Continue reading Auto Accidents and Medical Bills: Who Pays?
If you’ve been in an accident, the chances are good that you’ll need to communicate with an insurance company at some point during the recovery process. It is incredibly important that you keep a few basic guidelines in mind when speaking with adjusters, no matter honest they seem. Let’s take a look at seven tips … Continue reading 7 Tips When Dealing with an Insurance Adjuster
A common question we hear when talking to clients is, “how much is my case worth?” If you are hurt on the job in Illinois you are going to hear terms like PPD or “percentage loss of use,” and they can be confusing. Hopefully, we can clear that up a bit. Almost every Illinois … Continue reading How much is my Workers’ Compensation case Worth?
Workers’ compensation claims can be difficult cases to get through, physically, mentally, and financially. Because the legal process to settle a workers’ compensation claim can be such a long, stressful one, it is common to see clients struggle with many different issues along the way. One of the most important waypoints to finalizing a workers’ … Continue reading FCE and Workers’ Compensation
Many people have lived with chronic back pain for years. Whether merely a nagging inconvenience or a debilitating pain, chronic back pain at its least decreases quality of life and at its worse can be disabling. In fact, some impressive statistics concerning lower back pain include that it is the most significant cause of disability … Continue reading Are Your SI Joints Causing Your Chronic Low Back Pain?
Back in 2013, we published a close look at the rising opioid crisis. It focuses on the likely impact on access to pain medication for those who truly need it. In short, it was clear that regulations would tighten in response to addictions sweeping regions and increasing death rates. At the time, we predicted that … Continue reading Chronic Pain Management: An Update on the Opioid Crisis
While many firms work differently, Hanagan & McGovern offers free consultations to people with workers’ compensation, personal injury, disability and death claims. Frequently, people don’t really need a lawyer to handle their case. What they do need is a little information on how the legal system works in their specific situation. If your case is … Continue reading What do lawyers mean by a “free consultation?”
Before any discussion of workers’ compensation benefits can be meaningful, it is essential to understand the concept of the Average Weekly Wage (AWW). The AWW forms the basis for most benefits a worker will receive during the course of a workers’ compensation claim. Because the Average Weekly Wage directly affects how much compensation a … Continue reading Average Weekly Wage (AWW) – The Basis for Workers’ Compensation Benefits
As is likely true in every state, in Illinois it is important that an injured worker report a work accident to their employer as soon as reasonably possible after the accident. Giving timely notice of an accident is often critical for the worker to avoid a disputed compensation claim. Delay In Giving Notice Can Be … Continue reading Do I Need To Report A Work Accident?
From time to time, we see the situation where an employee with many years at their job decides to retire following a serious injury but before they have concluded their workers’ compensation claim. Normally, they reason that since they will not be able to return to their job due to their injuries, they might as … Continue reading Off Work on Workers’ Comp and Thinking of Retiring? THINK AGAIN!