It is becoming increasingly clear that if you get injured on the job in Illinois, you will most likely need a workers’ compensation lawyer, now more than ever, due to the most recent changes made to the workers’ compensation laws in Illinois. These changes work against injured workers for the benefit of their employers’ and their insurance carriers.
Previously, the insurance companies primary method to try to control your medical care was by the use of an independent medical examination or IME. Employers were, and remain, able to direct their employees to an IME, subjecting the injured worker to an evaluation conducted by a doctor who is chosen by the employer.
Now, however, the insurance companies can try to control your medical care through a process known as Utilization Review or UR. This process involves having your medical records compared with supposed “national guidelines” by some nurse or doctor sitting in a cubicle. Sometimes, this record review doesn’t even take place in Illinois.
In light of the new changes to this state’s work comp laws, this UR decision will deemed, “presumptively,” the correct choice of treatment options unless proven otherwise. UR determinations can be fought and beaten, but only with the dedication and hard work of your doctor and your lawyer. If you have been injured on the job in Illinois and would like to know more about your rights under the law, contact Illinois’ Largest Personal Injury and Workers’ Compensation Law Firm, GWC Injury Lawyers, today for a free, no-obligation consultation. Call us now at 1-312-464-1234 or contact us online today.