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Illinois Workers' Compensation Attorneys

Don't Let a Workplace Accident Dictate Your Future

Job-related injuries can include loss of limbs or loss of strength, mobility, or the senses (vision, hearing, etc.). They can also include illnesses caused by exposure to dangerous substances in the workplace or by repetitive activity.

These injuries may be permanent or temporary and may cause total or partial disability, which is why it is vital that you retain the help of a Southern Illinois workers' compensation lawyer for the help you need.

By state law, all employers in Illinois must carry insurance to pay for injuries incurred by employees while on the job. Federal law provides similar benefits for employees of federal agencies (including the military), as well as for railroad workers and longshoremen.

But obtaining the full medical treatment and compensation you deserve for your workplace injury can be confusing and time-consuming. You know that the workers’ compensation insurance company has attorneys working for them. Make sure you have a good attorney working for you.

How Do I Appeal a Denied Workers’ Comp Claim?

Workers’ compensation claims are frequently denied. Your employer may try to argue that your injury or illness is not work-related or that you were negligent and that this led to your injury; their insurance provider may assert that your injury or illness is not covered. Additionally, if you wait too long to notify your employer of your injury, your claim could be denied. In some cases, workers’ compensation claims are unjustly denied by insurance companies or employers in an effort to reduce costs.

If you believe your workers’ compensation claim was wrongfully denied, or if your benefits have been terminated early, you can file an appeal. The first step in appealing a denied workers’ compensation claim in Illinois is filing an Application for Adjustment of Claim. Along with this, you will need to provide proof that you gave your employer (in person or by mail) a copy of the application. You can file the Application for Adjustment of Claim in person with the Workers’ Compensation Commission (WCC) or by mailing it in. This must be done within three years of the date of the injury or within two years of the date on which the final workers’ compensation payment was received, whichever is later.

Once the application is received, the WCC will assign you a case number and arbitrator. Additionally, the WCC will schedule a status call with you every three months regarding your case. Once you are ready, you may request an arbitration hearing. It is important to note that your dispute cannot be resolved until your injuries/medical condition has stabilized, meaning your condition is unlikely to improve even with additional medical treatment. There are some exceptions for emergency situations, but they are relatively rare.

The arbitration hearing proceeds, generally speaking, much like a trial. At the hearing, both you/your attorney and the opposing side’s legal counsel will present evidence in support of your respective positions. After hearing both sides, the arbitrator will make a decision on the case. If you disagree with the arbitrator’s decision, you can file a petition requesting a review of the decision by the WCC within 30 days.

If you wish to appeal a denied workers’ compensation claim, it is strongly recommended that you work with an experienced Illinois workers’ compensation lawyer. This is a complex process, one that involves obtaining evidence in support of your position and meeting all applicable deadlines. Working with an attorney can help ensure that you do not make any mistakes that ultimately end up costing you your rightful benefits.

Focused on Protecting Your Rights

At Sam C. Mitchell & Associates, our Illinois workers' comp attorneys focus on representing people injured on the job.

Contact us today by calling (618) 505-1660. We offer a free initial consultation and you pay us only if we succeed in getting you the compensation you seek.

Why You Can Trust Us

The Right Firm Can Make the Difference
  • Free Initial Case Evaluations
  • You Pay Nothing Unless We Win
  • Over 3,700 Cases Handled
  • Committed to Integrity Above All Else
  • Over $200 Million Recovered for Our Clients
  • Over a Century of Combined Legal Experience

Case Results

Over $200 Million Recovered for Our Clients
  • Burn Victim $24,000,000

    House explosion involving a gas leak causing serious and permanent injuries to the occupants.

  • Auto Accident $9,000,000

    Auto accident involving permanent injury to a mother and her unborn child.

  • Auto Accident $2,500,000

    JURY TRIAL VERDICT - A box truck pulled out in front of our client’s vehicle, resulting in a T-bone crash. Our client sustained serious injuries to his neck and left shoulder.

  • Trucking Accident $2,500,000

    Trucking accident which results in permanent injury to the client.

  • Slip & Fall $1,050,000

    Woman slipped and fell over a parking block at a local restaurant in Nashville, IL. She was left with a broken hip and a long recovery.

  • Auto Accident $875,000

    Client was stopped at a red light in O'Fallon when another vehicle failed to stop rear-ending our client. He sustained injuries to his neck, low back and leg.

  • Auto Accident $750,000

    JURY TRIAL VERDICT - Jury verdict in favor of our client who was injured in an intersection crash in Herrin, IL. Before the trial, the defendant’s insurance company withdrew all settlement offers and offered our client $0. Justice was served with a trial verdict of $750,000.

  • Pedestrian Accident $650,000

    Client was struck on the head by a tree branch being cut by the defendant, leaving our client unconscious. He suffered a severe brain injury as a result.

  • Auto Accident $600,000

    A woman was violently rear-ended in Marion, IL and sustained injuries to both of her knees from striking the dashboard and an injury to her foot.

  • Auto Accident $375,000

    A woman sustained injuries to her neck, back, right hip, and left knee after being involved in a T-bone collision.

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Client Testimonials

Hear From People We've Helped
    Mr. Dihle was always a consummate professional when dealing with me.

    “The sincerity that he showed is what separates Mr. Dihle from others I have interacted with. I would certainly recommend him to anyone looking for a sharp, knowledgeable lawyer who gets the best for his client.”

    - Nathan
    Handled fairly and professionally

    “Sam C. Mitchell & Associates handled my case fairly and professionally I was able to put the worry of the legalities and paperwork aside and focus on my rehabilitation after my accident.”

    - Sally
    In the end, he managed a very good settlement.

    “My wife and I hired Mr. Dihle in an accident claim. He has proved very well versed in the law concerning the claim. He and his aid we're always pleasant and helpful in explaining what could and could not be done.”

    - Cathy
    Attorney Bill Alexander was very friendly and made my very comfortable.

    “Bill explained everything to me and kept me notified of how my case was preceding. Attorney Bill Alexander was very friendly and made my very comfortable.”

    - Keith
    This team of attorneys is amazing!

    “They fight for their clients and their rights with passion. Their competitive nature gives them an advantage no one can compare to. On top of all of this, they give back.”

    - Iris
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