Disabled Due to a Workplace Accident? Let Us Help.
Most Illinois employers are required to provide workers’ compensation insurance that covers all full-time and part-time employees. Workers’ compensation is designed to be a “no-fault” system that provides medical and wage replacement benefits for employees injured in the course of performing their work duties. In other words, you do not have to prove your employer did anything wrong–i.e., caused your accident–in order to receive workers’ compensation benefits.
At the same time, employees often find their employers (and their insurance companies) are resistant to paying out legitimate workers’ compensation claims. If your own workers’ compensation claim is denied, you do have certain legal rights to appeal. But you need to act quickly to preserve those rights. Our experienced Rockton workers’ compensation lawyers can help. We understand the Illinois workers’ compensation system and can help you navigate through the bureaucracy and fight for the benefits you are entitled to under the law.
What Injuries Are Covered by Illinois Workers’ Compensation Law?
Just about any injury sustained in the workplace can be eligible for workers’ compensation. Even seemingly minor injuries that do not permanently affect your ability to work or live are covered. While this list is by no means exhaustive, some of the more common work-related injuries we help workers’ compensation clients deal with include:
- Slip and fall injuries – If you slip on a puddle of liquid on the factory floor, or even trip on unfastened carpet in an office, you can sustain serious neck, back, and knee injuries depending on how you fall.
- Motor vehicle accidents – If your drop involves driving, such as making deliveries, and you get into an accident while on the clock, you are covered by workers’ compensation, even if the other driver was not at-fault.
- Burn injuries – Anyone who works around dangerous chemicals or known fire hazards understands that there is a serious risk of burn injuries, which can require skin grafts and other expensive surgical procedures to treat.
- Asbestos Exposure – We have known for decades that any amount of workplace exposure to asbestos can lead to mesothelioma, a deadly form of lung cancer. Even though there has been a concerted effort to remove asbestos, many workers still remain at-risk to exposure.
How Much Will I Receive from Illinois Workers’ Compensation?
There are many different types of workers’ compensation benefits. For example, if you are unable to work at all for a certain period of time following a work-related accident or illness, you will receive temporary total disability benefits. These benefits will cover your medical expenses plus two-thirds of your pre-accident wages (up to a certain limit defined by state law). However, if your injuries are permanent, you may then qualify for either permanent total disability or permanent partial disability benefits. Depending on your situation, you may also be eligible for vocational rehabilitation and maintenance benefits, in order to help you find a new job.
Contact Our Rockton Workers’ Compensation Lawyers Today
Many people are hesitant to contact a Rockton workers’ compensation attorney because they fear taking on an additional expense during a time when they are already struggling to make ends meet. Rest assured, however, that we only take cases on a contingency-fee basis. This means you never have to make an up-front payment to work with us, and we only charge a fee if we are successful in obtaining workers’ compensation benefits for you.