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1 Answer | Asked in Workers' Compensation for Illinois on
Q: Testing me for marijuana years after the initial incident.

I had a work injury a few years ago. I would like to start smoking weed, as it is legal and would help with my injury, can they stop paying my workmans comp if I start smoking weed?

Richard K. Johnson
Richard K. Johnson answered on May 29, 2020

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... Read more »

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Q: Filed a workman’s compensation with my attorney over 1 year ago. Haven’t heard anything about my case?
Richard K. Johnson
Richard K. Johnson answered on Apr 29, 2020

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.

1 Answer | Asked in Workers' Compensation and Health Care Law for Illinois on
Q: I had a belly button hernia at work..Workman's Comp wants 10 years of medical/work history released to company&insurance

I have only worked at this company 1 year, and really don't work to share my medical history with company.

Richard K. Johnson
Richard K. Johnson answered on Mar 5, 2020

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.

3 Answers | Asked in Employment Law, Workers' Compensation, Public Benefits and Small Claims for Illinois on
Q: Can I file for TTD benefits while I work w/ a laywer to file workmans comp if my employer wouldn't report my injuries?

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... Read more »

Richard K. Johnson
Richard K. Johnson answered on Mar 4, 2020

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... Read more »

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Q: If I decide to take ptd wkly pymnts instead of taking a lump sum in my wc case is that still considered a settlement
Richard K. Johnson
Richard K. Johnson answered on Feb 19, 2020

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... Read more »

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Q: Trying to figure out an estimate on a workers comp ptd settlement. My wkly ptd rate is $484, my life expectancy is 37.5
Richard K. Johnson
Richard K. Johnson answered on Feb 18, 2020

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.

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Q: How is a ptd settlement calculated in IL workers comp?
Richard K. Johnson
Richard K. Johnson answered on Feb 18, 2020

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.... Read more »

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Q: Why haven't opposing counsel returned the contract I signed to settle my w c case since August 2019. I have an attorney.

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.

Richard K. Johnson
Richard K. Johnson answered on Feb 7, 2020

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... Read more »

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