First off you state this is your friend? This bothers me, as then you don't know everything in your friends comp claim. Attorneys work well in Illinois for one, in fact the w/c system has been made to work with attorneys. Never ever compare anything else to a work comp case, as it just doesn't ever fit. Comp offers nothing for pain and suffering. Next, I never before seen a claim matter much to being said 60% disablility to just the fingers as in your friends case. As your friend is having a concern to a lost of usage to a single hand. Illinois doesn't have any caps on a settlement. Another fact is, what kind of work your friend was doing when injured, and how are they now going to perform that work with 3 fingers missing. The age of your friend then comes in play next.
Fill in the information I mentioned here, and lets see where we can go from there. A court hearing isn't always next, just because your friend refused the first settlement offer. If you wish, you can PM the attorneys name, and I can look them up for you. If you wish me to try and help some, you'll just have to help me, help your friend. Don't blame the attorney.
This here that follows, is only a basic Guideline used for settlement factors in a loss of body parts. Meaning the lowest amount that can be used. Don't blame an attorney for a Law, rule, statue that has been pre-written.
BODY PART WEEKS PAID
Thumb 76 weeks
1st (index) finger 43 weeks
2nd finger 38 weeks
3rd finger 27 weeks
4th finger 22 weeks
Hand 205 weeks
If a body part is amputated or if it cannot be used at all, that
represents a 100% loss, and the employee is awarded the entire
number of weeks listed on the chart. If the employee sustains a
partial loss, the benefit is calculated by multiplying the
percentage of loss by the number of weeks listed.
hoisingtonjen Wrote:It isn't fair that someone loses three fingers and gets hardly nothing and someone gets called a racial slur and gets $100K. Yes, she has a lawyer from Chicago and he's as bad as the next one. Aren't they all. She is right handed and lost fingers on the left. Illinois.... has got to be one of the worse states to live in. They base it on a percentage of disablility on the fingers and your wage, but isn't there something more that can be done to go above and beyond what is required to give her?
This is just terrible.
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