I am a healthcare worker in Illinois and tested Covid +. 2 other coworkers also tested positive (one had a Covid + child at home). I had no previous close contacts. I was off work 5 days (Friday-Tuesday ). My boss says I have to use PTO for the Friday, Monday, Tuesday I was off. Could this be... View More
Yes, you may very well have a Workers' Compensation claim. Unfortunately, there is no weekly payment for temporary total disability for the first three working days until you are disabled 14 calendar days. If you have lingering symptoms or "covid long haul" then you may have a...View More
My brother is hospitalized after having a stroke, he not able to communicate well but for hospital aid and benefits we need to access thinks like bank statements and pay stubs. They haven’t been given to us at the bank or his job. Is there some legal paper we can get to be able to access that on... View More
Generally, when an individual is under a disability like this one, if a power of attorney was executed by your brother, this incapacity would permit the holder of the power of attorney to act on his behalf. In the absence of a power of attorney, the hospital may be able to assist you by providing...View More
The Illinois Workers' Compensation Act prohibits any lien or assignment of proceeds. If you borrow money from a loan company while you have a workers' compensation claim, you are forming a contract, but there is no lien or assignment of the proceeds of the workers' compensation...View More
I am not sure from your question whether you have had the Illinois Workers' Compensation Commission issue an award or if you are still on weekly benefits due to temporary total disability. However, the general answer is that since cannabis is a legal substance, as long as the doctor does not...View More
Please contact your attorney and ask for a status report. There are many reasons you may not hear from the attorney, but if you make an inquiry, the attorney should respond in a reasonable amount of time. This is simply a matter of communication. Good luck.
Your employer or its insurance carrier may investigate any past medical records for the condition you claim is work related, but does not have an unfettered right to any and all medical records. Any medical authorization form you sign should be limited to the condition you claim is work related.
After an incident at work over the holidays I saw my DR & found out I have bilateral carpal tunnel w/severe damage in my right wrist. She advised me not to return to work until after seeing an orthopedic specialist for possible surgery. I told her that I couldn't afford to & she agreed... View More
Hello. I am not clear on whether you have an attorney. If so, all such questions should be directed to the attorney representing you as that lawyer is in possession of all the relevant facts. You have an absolute right to secure an attorney. Workers' compensation benefits can be disputed...View More
A hearing before the Commission wherein a worker is awarded permanent total disability benefits will be paid weekly for life. The added benefit of a hearing award is the right to future medical benefits for life for the injury and entitlement to the payments from the rate adjustment fund that are...View More
When was your accident? There is a minimum rate for permanent total disability. You should be able to download a present value calculator to do the computation. A lawyer who is not actually representing you should not be second guessing the lawyer who is representing you.
A permanent total disability settlement is calculated by determining the life expectancy of the injured worker. The life expectancy gives us the interest rate equivalent to use, but remember, the insurance company is using its own internal rate of return and not what you or I earn on the amount....View More
My attorney says they are not responding to him and don't know what is the hold up. I'm sure there is something he could be doing instead of just waiting for them to respond, it's been nearly 6 months.
This is a very unusual problem. Perhaps the best thing to do is to have the attorney motion up the case for a hearing before the Commission. There is no way to force a settlement if the other side refuses to sign. I hope this helps you out. If you know your IWCC #, you can look up the status of...View More
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