Firm News

Why is my neighbor going fishing when he is off on workers’ compensation?

Nothing seems to irritate people more than to see someone drawing workers’ compensation benefits and still getting some enjoyment out of life.  We consistently hear about employers and insurance carriers having videotape evidence that a client went fishing, hunting, was doing yard work, or grocery shopping with their spouse.  Normally these activities aren’t really significant, but this situation does emphasize the common misconception that aContinue reading

Menard Work Comp Claims – Jumping Down the Rabbit Hole

Like most people interested in the Illinois workers compensation system, we have been reading the Belleville News-Democrat’s unfolding coverage about the Illinois Department of Corrections debacle at the Menard Correctional Center.  It seems that over the past several years there have been a large number of claims for repetitive stress injuries reported by the staff at the prison.  The newspaper seems to think that thereContinue reading

Injured Workers: Be Careful With Your Release to Return to Work

Every few years we see a particularly vicious claims practice resurface in workers’ compensation claims.  Most often it involves younger workers and smaller employers, but it isn’t just limited to them.  This practice involves an employer tricking the injured worker to get a full duty release to return to work when they aren’t physically able to do so.  Workers have to use extreme caution inContinue reading

Injured Workers – You Don’t Have to Accept an AMA Guide Settlement – Just Say No!

We’ve been getting calls lately from people who have received workers compensation settlement offers from the insurance company for only a small fraction of what their coworkers got six months ago.  Most often, the insurance company told them they had to accept a settlement because a doctor gave them a disability rating under the American Medical Association’s (AMA) Guidelines to impairment.  At times an uninformedContinue reading

Industry Can Pay Them Now or We Must Pay Them Later

For our inaugural post, we thought it important to start with a discussion on the fundamental concept behind the workers’ compensation system.  Every so often people – industry and politicians in particular – lose sight of why we have a workers’ compensation system to begin with.  Given the events in the Illinois legislature over the past year, it seems like a good time for aContinue reading

Welcome

We’re really excited to introduce our blog, and about the opportunity it gives us to interact with the public and the legal community interested in the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Act.  Over the course of the next few months we’ll be discussing the basics of work comp law with an eye toward providing a simple explanation of how the system works and why.  As topics ofContinue reading

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Hanagan and Mcgovern

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