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American Medical Association Impairment Ratings: Only One Factor When Determining The Value Of Your Case

The Illinois legislature enacted revisions to the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Act which became effective September 1, 2012. The most controversial and misunderstood revision allows the insurance company to use the American Medical Association (AMA) impairment ratings (Factor I) to determine the value of a claim.

However, there are other factors that should be taken into consideration together with the AMA impairment rating when determining the value of your Workers’ Compensation  case.  They are:

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For legal help in Cook, DuPage, or Lake County, call the workers' compensation attorneys at Donald W. Fohrman & Associates.

If you sustained an injury after September 1, 2011, and the insurance company has offered you a settlement contact our office. We can assess your claim to see if what the insurance company is offering is fair. DO NOT SETTLE YOUR CLAIM without speaking with an experienced workers’ compensation attorney.

If you were injured prior to September 1, 2011, the new rules do not effect your claim. However, we will gladly provide you with an assessment of your claim. Even if the insurance company hasn’t made you an offer to settle your claim and they are telling you that your claim is closed, YOU MAY STILL BE ENTITLED TO A SETTLEMENT. Your claim can only be closed by signing a Lump Sum Settlement contract or by arbitration.

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