Seek an Advocate
Terry Dodds is passionate about providing quality legal representation and advancing the interests of his clients. Even if you’re intimidated by the compensation process or worried about disputing a claim, it is likely in your best interest to do so. If you or a loved one has been injured at work, consider an attorney if:
- You don’t feel fairly compensated by your employer or the insurance company.
- You don’t understand the compensation process.
- You are not receiving temporary total disability payments (meaning your employer is not paying you while you are missing work due to your injury).
- You believe you are not receiving adequate medical care and treatment.
- Your injuries are severe.
- You have been taken off work by your doctor.
- You are being asked to return to work too quickly.
- You’ve been told you may never fully recover from your injuries.
- You believe you are permanently disabled.
- You have begun receiving social security disability benefits.
- You are unable to work or can no longer do your job or work within your industry.
Terry works with clients in the central Illinois area serving the communities of Bloomington, Normal, Champaign, Peoria, Pontiac and Decatur. Terry routinely helps his clients navigate personal injury and workers’ compensation cases through the litigation and appeals processes. When you have a question about a workers’ compensation case, you need to be able to trust your lawyer. Having an advocate on your side can go a long way.
Terry is ready to meet with you. He will evaluate your case, formulate a plan of action and fight for fair compensation. Legal support helps ensure that legitimate workers compensation claimants receive payment. Terry will negotiate with your employer or their insurance company with the hope of receiving a fair settlement, but he is prepared to aggressively fight on your behalf if negotiations break down or if a fair settlement cannot be reached. Mr. Dodds hates leaving money on the table and loves to make insurance companies pay.
Things You Should Know to Assist your Attorney in Successfully Pursuing your Illinois Workers’ Compensation Case
In Illinois, the employer must receive notice of the employee’s work-related injury (preferably written notice on the employer’s injury claim form) within 45 days. If this is not done, the employee could lose their right to compensation. A claim must then be filed with the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Commission within 3 years from the date of the accident, with exceptions.
In Illinois, these workers’ compensation benefits begin on the fourth day, but are retroactive to the first day after the accident if the injured worker has been unable to return to work for a period of 14 days or more. There are minimum amounts the employer must pay to the injured worker. The Illinois Workers' Compensation Benefit Rates can be found here.