Flying Blind with Worker’s Compensation Cases

“Flying blind” is a term that comes from flying a plane when there is little to no visibility and you are forced to rely on the plane’s instruments to pilot the plane, and hopefully, bring the plane in for a safe landing. It is something that is fraught with danger – the chances are much higher of flying into the side of a building, running out of gas over the middle of the ocean, or completely misjudging your landing. Those kinds of errors can literally be fatal.

The term “flying blind” is one that we use in our office for people who try to handle their own worker’s compensation case, especially when it comes to the topic of settlement. Sadly, the results from flying blind with your worker’s compensation case can be just as tragic.

Worker’s compensation is a statutory scheme, meaning that the system as to how cases are resolved and how they are evaluated is set by statute, and the statutes vary from state to state. Insurance companies and lawyers who defend employers in worker’s compensation claims know the statute and the case law interpreting it backwards and forwards. If you don’t, you are working at a serious disadvantage.

One way to overcome that disadvantage is to educate yourself about how the law works, and you can start on that journey by listening into this week’s broadcast of Fighting for What’s Right at 6 am on WYLL, AM 1160 in Chicago and at 8 am on WIND, AM 560 in Chicago where we will be discussing how worker’s compensation cases are resolved. You can also check our Resource Center for more information.