The 5 year old case: Even winning every stage can take forever

I recently read an appellate court decision regarding a workers compensation case filed in Chicago by a worker who injured his back. The claim was filed over 5 years ago.  The employer didn’t like the medical records claiming that either the worker didn’t give a clear enough history of injury or the doctors didn’t take record a correct history of the injury.  (Remember, the history you give your doctors can make or break your case!!)  The case went to trial and the worker won….the employer appealed to the WC Commission and the worker won…the employer appealed to the circuit court and the worker won…the employer then appealed to the appellate court…and the worker won.  The worker has won at every level and on every issue and had to wait 5 YEARS for his award.  And, if this was only a 19(b) hearing (designed to get medical treatment started) then the case can go on several more years!!!

Please understand that the workers compensation system can be a long, difficult fight even when the employee is fully entitled to benefits. The Law Office of Keith Short has made those fights and won.  We continue to make them.  If you need a lawyer who will take the fight as far as is necessary then call us today:  The Law Office of Keith Short, 618-655-9499 or 618-254-0055.  http://www.keithshortlaw.com

About Law Office Of Keith Short

Keith Short was born in Chicago in 1965. In 1980 his parents moved to Anna, Illinois where he attended high school. In 1989 he graduated from SIUC with degrees in Political Science and English. He then attended Southern Illinois University School of Law, where he graduated in 1992. Mr. Short worked full time employment throughout college and law school: auto repair, cannery, legal clerkship. In 1991 he began a clerkship for the Hon. John Dibble of the Illinois Workers' Compensation Commission. Prior to graduation Mr. Short was offered an associate attorney position with Keefe and De Pauli, P.C. in Fairview Heights where his practice concentrated in the defense of Illinois and Missouri workers' compensation claims. In 2000 Mr. Short was hired by Hopkins Goldenberg as an associate attorney representing injured workers. In 2002 Mr. Short was offered a full partnership in a firm later renamed Goldenberg, Heller, Antognoli, Rowland and Short, where his practice included toxic exposure litigation, medical malpractice and workers' compensation claims. Mr. Short has litigated product liability/brain damage cases; medical malpractice lawsuits, wrongful death claims and automobile accident cases. He has handled numerous cases in the Illinois Appellate Courts. Mr. Short also actively participated in the federal welding Multi-District Litigation set in Cleveland, Ohio. Mr. Short is a frequent lecturer having given seminars in Washington D.C., Las Vegas, Chicago, San Diego, St. Louis, and New Orleans. He resides in Edwardsville, Illinois with his wife, 5 children and 3 step-daughters. On May 3, 2011 Keith Short was sworn in as a member of the Edwardsville City Council, having been elected to represent the city's 5th Ward. He has been assigned by Mayor Gary Niebur to the Public Safety Commission and the Public Services Committee.
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