Workers’ Compensation Lawyer Benton, IL
Our law firm has represented hundreds of workers’ compensation clients from Benton and surrounding towns in Franklin County over the years. Chances are one of us has represented one of your relatives, neighbors, or friends in a workers’ comp or personal injury claim. Steve Hanagan and Brian McGovern have over 50 years of experience handling workers’ compensation, injury, disability, and death claims for the people of Benton and the surrounding area. We have handled thousands of workers’ compensation claims throughout southern and central Illinois ranging from disputed minor injury claims to those worth in excess of a million dollars.
We have handled cases against most major employers in Benton, Franklin County, and the surrounding area.
We Have a Reputation You Can Trust
Hanagan & McGovern is a 3rd generation law firm representing injured workers’ and their families in workers’ compensation and personal injury claims all the way back to the 1940’s.
Steve and Brian are both published authors in the field of Illinois Workers’ Compensation law, writing legal articles to help train other attorneys that want to handle workers’ compensation claims. Because of their experience with workers’ compensation claims, both Steve and Brian have served as experts in workers compensation disputes in civil courts cases involving work comp matters. Both Steve and Brian have been hired to represent many people who also work in the personal injury and workers’ compensation claims field, including doctors, lawyers, insurance adjusters, nurse case managers, vocational rehabilitation counselors, hospital business office workers, insurance claims attorneys, and private investigators, all of whom also work around the Benton area. They knew where to get the best lawyer for workers’ compensation claims. When people who work in the workers’ compensation system hire us to represent their own personal interests, you know that you can trust us with your workers comp claim as well. See what our recent clients have to say about us.
Hanagan & McGovern Do Works’s Comp, Personal Injury and Death Claims
A lot of lawyers advertise that they handle workers’ compensations claims, but they only do it as a sideline to their legal practice. Workers’ compensation, injury, disability, and death claims are all we do. That is all the Hanagan family lawyers have ever done going back to the 1940’s. Hanagan & McGovern has never represented insurance companies and we don’t represent defendants in DUI cases or driver’s license cases, or handle real estate or divorces. Our concentrated experience makes a huge difference in the result you can expect in your workers’ compensation claim. So unlike the other firms, when we say we handle workers’ compensation and personal injury cases, we really mean it.
We Handle Workers’ Compensation Cases in the Benton, IL and Franklin County area
Whether you have a large case or a small case, we are going to work just as hard for you. We care about the needs of our clients and their families. Being injured and out of work is very stressful on a family. Workers’ compensation claims can be overwhelming at times. Having assisted thousands of injury victims over the years, we know this all too well. We offer patience and understanding during these trying times and work to relieve the burdens associated with pursuing a work comp claim. We provide results for you as quickly as we can. Whether you have a serious disabling injury or a minor injury, we are happy to assist you with your claim.
We’re Ready to Help You
Understand Your Rights:
We will take the time to sit down with you and explain how the workers’ compensation system works, what work comp benefits you can expect on your claim, and answer every question you have about your claim, all at no charge to you. This helps you plan for the future with assurance that there is a light at the end of the work comp tunnel.
Get Appropriate Medical Care For Your Work Injury
If your injury or workers’ compensation claim has been denied or you are being denied medical treatment, we can help you get the medical care you need.
Get your benefits started and paid at the correct rate
If the workers’ compensation insurance carrier is not paying your Temporary Total Disability or Temporary Partial Disability benefits, or not paying you in the proper amount, we will see to it that they get started.
Get any unpaid medical bills under control
Employers and insurance companies don’t care about your credit rating. Many times they refuse to pay for medical treatment you have already received. We can keep the medical providers and collection agencies off your back and get those bills taken care of, usually without any harm at all to your credit rating.
Guide Your Claim Through The Workers’ Comp System
We handle the entire workers’ compensation process. Our goal is to make sure you receive the best medical treatment for your injuries, receive money to pay your bills while you are off-work, and receive the best possible settlement or award for your disability. We’ll get your case settled or obtain an award to maximize your benefits as quickly as the workers’ compensation system allows.
Insurance Companies Are Not Your Friends.
One thing we have learned over the years is that most injured employees think their employer, or its workers’ compensation insurance company, will treat them fairly when they were hurt on the job. Unfortunately, workers’ comp insurance companies don’t always do that. They are always looking for ways to save money, even if it means pulling the rug out from under you.
Here are just a few examples of the tricks an adjuster can pull on to stop your benefits and mess up your workers’ compensation claim:
- The insurance company contacts your doctor behind your back to get you released to return to work. Then you find out you have been fired. See more about this.
- One of the most common things workers’ compensation adjusters use is to have you examined by a doctor they have chosen. Sometimes these go well but more often the company doctor disagrees with the care and treatment plan your doctor thinks is necessary. That results in you losing benefits.
- All too common these days the insurance adjuster or company doctor says that your medical problem is due to a pre-existing condition and they deny your claim entirely.
- The company tries to talk you into retiring when it becomes obvious you won’t be able to return to work after a workers’ compensation injury. See why this is really a bad idea.
- The insurance company telling you your settlement is only worth so much money because a doctor has rated your disability using the AMA guidelines. See why this has little to do with what you are entitled to.
There are a million tricks in the adjuster’s playbook, all designed to minimize what the insurance company has to pay you. They don’t care about you. They don’t care about your needs. They don’t care about your family. They are looking to slam the door shut on your claim so they can save money.
No matter what your situation, we would be happy to speak with you and advise you on your claim. Call us today to discuss your claim or set up an appointment to discuss your claim for free. We only charge a fee when we recover for you so it costs you nothing to contact us. If you can’t call now, feel free to fill out our contact form and we’ll be back in touch with you as soon as possible about your workers’ compensation claim.
If you are unable to make it to our offices, we would be happy to arrange some time to meet you in Benton or one of our other meeting locations to discuss your claim.