I have been injured at work. My employer and his insurance company are playing games with my benefits; can they be punished?

At the law Offices of Attorney Dan Newlin, Chicago, we are honored to protect and fight for injured workers. As the son of a Chicago Steel worker and as a former police detective, Attorney Dan Newlin understands firsthand the importance of helping the hard working people of Northern Illinois and Chicago. On many occasions we find that workers compensation adjusters wrongfully deny medical care and money benefits to injured workers leaving the injured worker with little or nothing to survive. Attorney Dan Newlin and his team of experienced lawyers will fight for you! We are a local law firm, serving all of Northern Illinois with our law offices located in downtown Chicago. No matter where you live in Illinois, Chicago or the Suburbs we are here for you 24 hours a day 7 days week, Attorney Dan Newlin or one of his experienced workers compensation attorneys will be honored to meet you in person to advise you of all of your legal rights and will be honored to personally help you during this difficult time.

Attorney Dan Newlin and his experienced team of Chicago attorneys have proudly recovered over 150 Million Dollars for injury and accident victims. If you have questions about your work related injury call Attorney Dan Newlin now for a free consultation at 312-888-8000.

Being involved in a work related injury in Chicago or the Suburbs may entitle you to thousands of dollars under the Illinois Workers Compensation act for your lost wages, medical bills and long term care. At the Law Office of Attorney Dan Newlin Chicago, we have proudly recovered over 150 Million Dollars for injury victims and work related accidents and we will fight for you!!! If your employer’s workers’ compensation insurance carrier is playing typical games, such as denying your claim without a good reason and generally jerking you around, you can file what’s called a petition for penalties. Sections 16 and 19 of the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Act gives workers this option when their Temporary Total Disability (TTD) benefits are unreasonably denied or their medical bills aren’t getting paid. On many occasions we find that workers compensation adjusters wrongfully deny medical care and money benefits to injured workers leaving the injured worker with little or nothing to survive and seeking penalties is a necessity. Attorney Dan Newlin and his team of experienced lawyers will fight for you!

A petition for penalties is a great tool for injured workers when the workers’ compensation insurance company has treated them unfairly. The insurer can be forced to pay you what they should have paid in the first place, plus penalties. One penalty is paid to you personally, in the amount of 50% of the medical bills that the insurance company failed to pay. Another is forcing them to pay attorney fees, in an amount equal to 20% of the unpaid medical bills. There’s also a daily penalty on unpaid TTD benefits if the failure to pay was unreasonable.

If there is a reasonable basis for the denial of your claim or the refusal to pay your medical bills, then penalties might not be appropriate. In general, penalties are reserved for when the insurance company acts in bad faith. If they’re acting reasonably, even if you think they’re wrong, and even if the judge ends up ruling against them, they will not be assessed penalties, as even though they lost their argument they were not acting in bad faith.

In both of these situations—when an insurance company is acting in bad faith, and when an insurance company is denying your claim for a valid reason—you can’t fight it alone. Having an experienced and reputable Chicago workers’ compensation attorney will make all of the difference, especially if they have a good reputation with the arbitrator who will be making the final decision. Being involved in a work related injury in Chicago or the Suburbs may entitle you to thousands of dollars under the Illinois Workers Compensation act for your lost wages, medical bills and long term care. At the Law Office of Attorney Dan Newlin Chicago, we have proudly recovered over 150 Million Dollars for injury victims and work related accidents and we will fight for you!!!

The point of filing a penalties petition, is to hold the insurance companies feet to the fire, and let them know that you mean business and if they lose and it’s because they acted in bad faith, they stand to pay way more than they would have had they just done the right thing. If you don’t file a penalties petition, then what does the insurance company have to loose for unreasonably withholding or denying your benefits. They will have earned interest on the money they didn’t spend and other than their lawyer fees it won’t cost them anything. So you have to be on the offensive and aggressive or they will walk all over you.
If you have been injured at work and the adjuster is playing games, take action and call the attorneys at the law office of Attorney Dan Newlin at (312) 888-8000. No matter where you live in Illinois, Chicago or the Suburbs we are here for you 24 hours a day 7 days week, Attorney Dan Newlin or one of his experienced workers compensation attorneys will be honored to meet you in person to advise you of all of your legal rights and will be honored to personally help you during this difficult time.. At the Law Office of Attorney Dan Newlin Chicago, we have proudly recovered over 150 Million Dollars for injury victims and work related accidents and we will fight for you!!!