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Practice Areas in Rockford Illinois

PERSONAL INJURY AND WRONGFUL DEATH

Illinois law provides that any person who is injured due to the fault of another is entitled to receive fair compensation.  If you or a loved one has been injured due to someone else’s negligence the law provides for certain compensation for the injuries. This includes: payments for medical treatment, lost wages, compensation for pain and suffering and the inability to perform normal activities of life. Typical personal injury claims involve car or truck accidents, or injuries caused by unsafe premises.

WORKERS’ COMPENSATION

Workers’ Compensation is a no-fault system of benefits paid by employers to employees to workers who experience job related injuries or illness. If you have been injured on the job you are entitled to medical care related to the injury, lost time benefits (also called temporary total disability), and compensation for permanent disability caused by the work injury. The Illinois Workers’ Compensation Act has strict requirements that must be met in order to receive benefits. Insurance companies often deny benefits because of worker’s failure to follow these requirements.

SOCIAL SECURITY DISABILITY

The Social Security Administration pays monthly benefits benefits to people who are unable to work because of a physical or mental condition that is expected to last at least one year. The most common type of benefits are Disability Insurance Benefits (DIB) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI). DIB benefits are available to workers who have contributed sufficiently through payroll taxes. SSI benefits are solely needs based and do not require a work history. Both programs have the same definition of disability and require proof that the individual can’t currently perform work done over the prior 15 years or any other work that is suitable based on the person’s age, education and experience.