On-the-job injuries and illnesses jeopardize your physical health, as well as your financial security. While workers’ compensation benefits are available to help you recover, applying for these benefits and getting your claim approved by your employer can prove to be a challenge.
At Tuite Law, our experienced Loves Park workers’ compensation attorneys are here to help you get the benefits you are entitled to. Whether you are just beginning the process of filing a claim or have had a workers’ compensation claim denied, we provide the aggressive, professional legal representation you need to ensure your rights and interests are protected.
On-the-Job Accidents and Injuries In Illinois
Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) indicates that as many as 200,000 workers in Illinois are injured either on the job or during the course of their employment. Accidents and injuries can occur in any occupation and often involve the following:
- Slips, trips, and falls;
- Being struck by or against an object;
- Motor vehicle and transportation-related accidents;
- Fires and explosions;
- Exposure to harmful substances and chemicals;
- Electrocutions and exposure to live wiring;
- Violence in the workplace.
Any of the above can leave you suffering severe and potentially life threatening injuries that can impact your ability to work, both now and in the future.
What To Do When Your Are Injured On The Job
The Illinois Workers’ Compensation Commission (IWCC) provides benefits for injured workers, including payment for medical expenses and physical rehabilitation, and reimbursement for lost wages. In the event your injury or illness results in either temporary or permanent impairments, you may be entitled to benefits even after you return to work. To protect your rights to benefits, it is important to do the following:
- Notify your employer immediately;
- Seek medical care from an employer approved provider;
- Follow your doctor’s instructions, including any work restrictions;
- Contact the IWCC to ensure your employer has filed a claim.
If your claim is approved, you should begin receiving your benefits within 30 days. In the event your employer fails to file your claim, disputes your injuries, or your claim is denied, you have the right to hire an attorney to investigate your case and appeal the decision.
Our Workers’ Compensation Attorneys Can Assist You
At Tuite Law, we understand the important role workers’ compensation benefits play in recovering from job-related injuries and illnesses. If you have been injured on the job, or have had an existing claim denied, contact our experienced Illinois workers’ compensation attorneys today. We provide the professional legal representation you need, at a time you need it most. We can help guide you through the entire process of filing a claim, while acting as a strong legal advocate to assist you in getting the compensation you need to recover.