Personal Injury *Workers Comp
Social Security * Civil Litigation
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Steven’s Answer January 1 at 11:22am
In Illinois, attorney fees in Workers Comp is regulated, and limited to 20% of the gross award. The state publishes a fee contract, and every attorney in the state doing workers comp uses the same contract and charges the same fee. When filing a new case, the attorney must also file the fee contract. Therefore, the injured worker does not need to worry about what he's going to pay when choosing a lawyer. The injured worker can simply pick the attorney that he or she feels most comfortable with.
Steven’s Answer December 29 at 3:16pm
YES, assuming that your case is compensable, and it would appear that it is, you are entitled to a settlement or award for the permanent partial disability.
There are three main areas of benefits that you are entitled to: Payment of medical bills, payment of TTD at the rate of 2/3 your average weekly wage, and a permanency settlement. I'm not surprised that nobody has discussed the third element with you. It is not uncommon for insurance carriers to pay the first two routinely and never mention the third.
Now ask yourself this: If they never bothered to mention it, are they going to automatically pay you a fair amount as soon as you ask? I wouldn't go so far as to say they HAVE TO. I'd say that you are entitled to a significant sum, and you need an attorney to make sure that you get what you deserve.
Steven’s Answer on Dec 22, 2015
A great question.
Speaking for the small firms and solos, I can only say that when you hire one of us, the person who's bio your read, that is the same person you're going to talk to on the phone, the same person you will meet when you come to the office, and the same person who will work on your case and take it to trial if necessary.