Wilson Law Office, LLC – Your Workers’ Comp Attorney in Ottawa, IL & the Surrounding Areas
When someone is injured on the job, receiving a lump sum settlement after being faced with medical bills, lost wages, and various other hardships sounds much more appealing than having to deal with the complicated process of filing a workers’ comp claim, and possibly a subsequent appeal. However, in the long run it may not be in your best interest as the claimant to agree on a settlement too quickly, or without consulting a qualified attorney to help you understand precisely what you are owed.
What is A Workers’ Comp Settlement
A settlement is either a single lump sum of money, or a sum that is paid to the injured party through an installment plan, such as over a period of months. If a claimant accepts a settlement, it is the equivalent of settling a claim by relinquishing certain benefits.
If you choose to accept a settlement, depending on the severity of your work related injuries, it could cost you significant losses in the long run. For example, should you require ongoing/future medical care following the settlement, the settlement amount may not be able to cover the expenses. Other factors to consider can include things like pre-injury wages, the severity of the injury, whether you will be able to do the same job you did before, if you will need training to undertake a new position, rehabilitation, etc.
Additionally, if any conflicting evidence is left unexamined, this could mean any third party responsible for the accident may be released from liability. Equipment manufacturers, property owners, or other parties who may have contributed to the accident can fall under the radar if a settlement is accepted too quickly by the injured party.
Without consulting a qualified workers’ compensation attorney in Illinois, your injury claim could be settled without your future expenses and needs in mind. Prior to accepting a settlement offer, it is always wise to reach out to an attorney you can trust to ensure you receive fair, complete compensation. This is especially true for workers’ comp multiple injury settlements.
An Illinois Workers Compensation Attorney You Can Trust
When you are seeking a reliable, experienced workers’ compensation lawyer in Illinois, Attorney Mark M. Wilson is here to help. With over 20 years worth of experience in personal injury law and workers’ compensation claims, the team at Wilson Law Office knows precisely how to make sure you get the compensation you deserve. Contact us today to discuss your case.