Illinois law protects workers who are injured on the job via the workers’ compensation insurance system. Under workers’ compensation, workers receive no-fault benefits when they are injured while performing workplace duties in exchange for employer immunity – in other words, an injured employee cannot sue their employer, but can receive benefits regardless of fault for an accident.
While we believe that all valid workers’ compensation claims should be approved, the truth is that claims are often denied and workers do not receive the benefits that they deserve. If you are injured on the job, our Freeport workers’ compensation lawyers at the office of Tuite Law are here for you.
Your Right to Benefits Under Workers’ Compensation
You have the right to recover certain benefits when you are injured in a workplace accident. These include:
- Medical benefits – You are entitled to compensation for the full value of all necessary and reasonable medical treatment you receive;
- Temporary total disability (TTD) benefits – When you are recovering and unable to return to work, you can receive TTD benefits;
- Temporary partial disability (TPD) benefits – If you are able to return to work in a light duty position (where you are making less than you were prior to the injury) you can receive TPD benefits;
- Vocational rehabilitation benefits – If you are approved to a vocational rehabilitation program, you can receive vocational rehabilitation benefits, including counseling for job searching, any necessary training, and more;
- Permanent partial disability benefits (PPD) – If you are permanently disabled but can still perform some type of work, you will qualify for PPD benefits;
- Permanent total disability benefits (PTD) – If you are permanently disabled and permanently unable to work as result of this disability, you will qualify for PTD benefits; and
- Death/survivors’ benefits – If your on-the-job injury is fatal, your survivors will be able to collect death benefits in your name.
Why Workers’ Compensation Claims Are Denied
It is important to understand the common reasons why claims for workers’ compensation benefits are denied so that you can avoid common mistakes and improve your chances of claim approval. Workers’ compensation claims may be denied because the injury was not reported to the employer, or the claim was not filed, within the required time frame; the employer disputes the claim, denying the extent of the worker’s injuries, or perhaps that a workplace accident even occurred; errors made during the application process or intentional misrepresentation of information; and more.
Work with a Freeport Workers’ Compensation Attorney
If you are injured on the job, please contact our Freeport workers’ compensation lawyers today. We are highly experienced and knowledgeable in workers’ compensation law and the claims process, and will work hard to get you the benefit amount that you deserve. We work on a contingency fee basis, which means that if we are not successful in recovering benefits on your behalf, you won’t owe us a cent.
To schedule your free consultation with our law firm today, please call us directly or provide us with your information by filling out the form on our website, and a representative from our office will contact you shortly.