“Do I have to talk with the Nurse Case Manager in a workers’ comp claim in Illinois?”
1.) Short answer: No.
2.) Full answer: No. You actually do not have to allow a Nurse Case Manager on your case at all. He or she is basically a spy for the work comp insurance company whose main goal is to keep the costs of your medical care low. For example, this Nurse Case Manager might try to talk your doctor into releasing you to work with no restrictions sooner than the doctor would normally do so. If you signed a form for your case that allows the Nurse Case Manager to communicate with your doctor, then it is allowed. This “Nurse” Case Manager is basically another adjuster on your case, and reports to the people who pay his/her paychecks: the work comp insurance company. Never forget that, no matter how kind they are to you. Some Nurse Case Managers are very professional and kind, but they never forget they work for the work comp insurance company, and their loyalty is always to them – not to you – in the end. In most cases, my law firm politely dismisses Nurse Case Managers from files in order to protect the client, but this decision goes on a case-by-case basis. No matter what your situation, such as if the work comp insurance company is pressuring you to sign a form or to have a Nurse Case Manager attend your doctor appointments, it is in your best interest to contact a workers’ comp attorney for free private advice. There is so much that could go wrong in an Illinois workmans’ comp claim without at least talking to an experienced attorney early in your case. Workers’ comp and personal injury attorney Peter Corti is one option for you with a free private consult at phone # (312)-782-8372, or contact me via the contact form (click here to contact.)