Wednesday, December 19, 2012

You're 3 Basic Rights Part I

Right to Medical Treatment

In Illinois, the Workers' Compensation Act provides injured workers with three basic rights; Medical treatment, compensation for time off work and settlement at the end of your case. There are additional rights that will be discussed later but first you should become familiar with these three basic rights and what they can mean for your claim.

1st Right - Medical Treatment

If you have been injured, you deserve to get the best medical care available. In Illinois, we are very fortunate that injured workers are allowed to choose their own doctors. But you need to be aware of restrictions to this right. The most important is the "Two Doctor Rule." This rule states that you can make two initial choices of doctor, and that these doctors must then refer you to other health care providers for any additional treatment. Don't get bullied into getting treatment form a doctor you don't want to see.

Excerpt from Mark Weissburg's book, How to Win a Workers Compensation Claim in Illinois

Want to learn more about medical treatment rights or if you have questions about your injury, contact us today or call (800) 594-7433


Union workers from Iron Workers Local 40 raise a beam with a banner attached supporting victims of the Newtown school shooting during the Whitney Museum "Topping Out" Beam-Signing Ceremony in New York.

Monday, December 3, 2012

Ironworker Recovers Over 1 Million

Local 1 ironworker recovers over 1,100,000.00 as a result of injuries sustained due to stepping into an uncovered three foot deep excavation on a construction project. The Ironworker suffered a herniated disk in his back. He stepped into the excavation due to a storm that suddenly hit. He and other co-workers were trying to escape from a sudden storm. We alleged that the excavation should have been barricaded and that that general contractor James McHugh Construction Company should have known of the upcoming storm which packed 80 mile per hour winds. There had been storm warnings issued and McHugh had a responsibility stop the job due to inclement weather. McHugh argued that the danger was open and obviously the ironworker should have looked where he was going.  The case was prosecuted by Clifford W. Horwitz, Jay R.Luchsinger and Michael D. Carter.

If you have a question about an injury, contact us today