Chicago, IL asked in Employment Law and Workers' Compensation for Illinois

Q: I don’t know if it’s worth it my finger ring finger got smashed at work broken tip I had surgery and pins put in thank

Pins are currently out hand swollen

1 Lawyer Answer
Charles Candiano
Charles Candiano
  • Workers' Compensation Lawyer
  • Chicago, IL
  • Licensed in Illinois

A: I don't know what question you're asking. If you are asking whether it is "worth" hiring an attorney, the answer is always yes in Illinois Worker's Compensation claims. You hire the attorney on a contingent fee basis which means that you pay nothing until the claim is completed (whether it is settled or tried). On most cases, the cost to you is limited to 20% of whatever the attorney recovers. An experienced Worker's Compensation attorney and almost always negotiate a settlement that is more than 20% greater than anything that would be offered to you. Moreover, in Illinois, all of your benefits are a percentage of your average weekly wage. Calculating your average weekly wage can be very simple or very convoluted. It is not limited to 40 hours per week and if your employer knew that you had a second job, all of your wages from the second job are included in your average weekly wage.

Finally, you tell us that you had a crush injury to your ring finger. A crush injury often results in nerve damage and could easily affect other fingers and significantly reduce your grip strength. In any of these events, your injury is properly compensated as injury to your hand, not simply to your finger. If the hand is affected, the injury could be worth much more than a theoretical amputation of your ring finger. In Illinois, a work injury should always be referred to an experienced Worker's Compensation attorney. Good luck.

Tim Akpinar and James G. Ahlberg agree with this answer

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