Skip to main content
Steven A. Sigmond
Avvo
Pro

Steven Sigmond’s Answers

522 total


  • Does my settlement for ppd have to be limited to the Illinois specific loss schedule?Or can other things factor in a larger amou

    I was injured at work resulting in the amputation of my pinky on my dominant hand. No fault to anyone. The workers' comp claim isn't being disputed.

    Steven’s Answer

    YES.

    In workers comp there are very real limits to the amount you can get. However, you sure still be certain that the correct benefit rate is being used, that all medical bills have been paid, and that no other benefits have been missed.

    See question 
  • I want to know do i have to give my insurance to his insurance even tho i havnt been found gulity yet? Should i get a lawyer to

    Okay well i was driving one day taking my daughtef out too eat and we were at a red light it turns green i go and as im almost like half block down a guy decides that his going to run in the middle of the street and i accidentally hit him wit the ...

    Steven’s Answer

    YES!

    Yes, give him your insurance information right away. Automobile liability insurance is mandatory for all drivers. If you don't provide proof of insurance you risk suspension of your driver's license. Furthermore, if an attorney needs to be hired to defend the civil case or if money needs to be paid your insurance company will take care of that - so long as you cooperate and give them timely and accurate information.

    See question 
  • Can I legally bring a personal injury claim directly against my former employer?

    I presently have a Workmen Compensation injury claim pending in the state of Illinois.

    Steven’s Answer

    NO.

    Workers comp is your "exclusive remedy". When the State created the Workers Compensation system to provide benefits for injured workers, the right to sue your employer for negligence was taken away. Workers comp is what you have and it's all you have.

    Good luck with your workers comp case.

    See question 
  • If default judgement is entered on a lien, does party holding money is escrow pay it asap or does it go thru court's hands?

    Default motion entered on lien bc I was a no-show. Does this mean the one holding the money will pay it directly to the one holding the lien immediately after default judgement entered? Is there some sort of a 30 day wait required before they ma...

    Steven’s Answer

    The answer might depend on the exact details and the exact language of the court order. Generally speaking, a person has 30 days to pay a judgment or move to vacate, but I see no reason why somebody holding money in escrow couldn't act on a court order immediately. Call an experienced litigator for a private consultation with all of the exact details. Most of the good attorneys here on Avvo offer free consultations.

    See question 
  • What are my options for compensation past insurance paying for my loss?

    I was in a car accident that the other driver (semi truck) took full responsibility for causing and my car was a total loss. I only suffered from a bruised left eye which has healed.

    Steven’s Answer

    Your options are 1) forget it, or 2) consult with a personal injury lawyer privately to see if you can get fair compensation for your injury. Whether or not your personal injury case is worth anything might depend on several factors, such as whether or not the bruised eye caused you any medical expense, wage loss or pain.

    See question 
  • What happens in a voluntary settlement conference? Can the arbitrator change the amount of $ that was agreed upon?

    I have a workman's comp claim against the insurance company at my job. We have a verbal agreement on a settlement, now they have sent me different information than what was discussed. They now say I have to appear at a voluntary settlement confe...

    Steven’s Answer

    Nobody will force you to do anything at a voluntary settlement conference. However, if you don't settle the person who decides what you will receive is that very arbitrator, so what he recommends is important. You are making a mistake by going into this without a workers comp attorney.

    See question 
  • Should I be paid for the time I'm in work conditioning therapy?

    I was injured in January and had surgery to repair a torn rotator cuff in June of last year. I was off for approximately seven weeks and was released by my doctor to go back on limited duty. Physical therapy continued up until about 2 weeks ago wh...

    Steven’s Answer

    You need to do exactly what the doctor says. If he says 20 hours per week, then workers comp needs to pay you for the hours that you are unable to work. If the doctor says full duty then you need to try. If you are not represented by an attorney and are just leaving the insurance company representatives to lobby the doctor's office then you are not operating on a level playing field. You really do need an experience advocate on YOUR side to helpf guide you through this process. Please call an experienced workers comp attorney

    See question 
  • What type of legal expertise do I need to look for, to handle defense against a "personal injury" claim?

    I may need to hire an attorney expert in defending against "personal injury" lawsuits. I have tried the "yellow pages" approach, under "Personal Injury" category, but they all tell me they only do prosecution. The person who thinks he/she is g...

    Steven’s Answer

    I'd suggest you look under "civil litigation" or "lawsuit defense".

    Many good lawyers who are experienced in personal injury will defend personal injury cases on an hourly basis, you just need to find the right one. Look at some more lawyer profiles and make some phone calls to some of the good attorneys right here on Avvo.

    See question 
  • Is it illegal for an insurance company to avoid paying me for an incident?

    Feb 14 I was injured on a major airline. Not only was I injured, but was humiliated & traumatized by a series of events coming back from my International flight. The injury was with my eye, it was bad. I paid about $10K in bills for my eye. ...

    Steven’s Answer

    It's not clear from your question whether or not you've settled you case. If you've accepted the payment and signed a release then the answer is no, you cannot get more. If the $10,000.00 is their offer and you have not accepted it, then I would suggest the question isn't "can they" pay more, the question is, can you MAKE THEM pay more. The answer is, not without a lawyer.

    Unless you've signed a release, the answer is that all of these things can be addressed in court, where there is a level playing field.

    See question 
  • I slipped and fell on ice outside someone's home. Who do I sue?

    I slipped and fell on the ice outside of someone's home yesterday and broke my arm. I drove myself to the hospital and am now stuck with hospital bills I cannot afford. Because I slipped and fell on someone's property (on the sidewalk directly out...

    Steven’s Answer

    It is very difficult to win a case for a slip and fall on a natural accumulation of ice and snow.

    Landowners are not liable for an injury simply because it occurs on their property. There must be negligence. Thus, it is well established law that a landowner is not liable when somebody gets injured by a slip and fall on a natural accumulation of ice and snow on the property.

    Sorry to hear that you've been hurt.

    See question