Illinois employers are responsible for maintaining a safe, healthy work environment for employees, but data indicates that work-related accidents and occupational disease are quite common. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), there are around 127,700 cases of on-the-job injuries and illnesses reported every year. Of these, 70,700 will involve days away from work or a job restriction, leading to significant losses for employees. If you suffer from a work-related medical condition, it is reassuring to know that Illinois workers’ compensation laws provide you with options.
However, there is more to the workers’ comp process than filling out forms and waiting for your monetary benefits. You could encounter challenges or a denial, which can be devastating at a time when you are incurring medical bills and cannot work. Instead of putting your rights at risk, count on our team at Tuite Law to tackle the hurdles. Our Sycamore workers’ compensation lawyers have decades of combined experience, backed by meticulous knowledge of the relevant laws. Please contact our office to set up a free consultation, and check out some basics about your options.
Overview of Illinois Workers’ Comp Laws
The state’s system is one of no-fault, which means you do not need to prove that your employer was negligent to receive workers’ compensation benefits. Instead, you must show that you qualify as a covered employee who suffers from a work-related medical condition. You initiate the process by notifying your employer and its workers’ comp insurance company about your workplace injury or occupational illness.
Our Sycamore workers’ comp attorneys at Tuite Law will handle the essential forms and handle the claims process with your employer’s insurer. We aim to ensure you receive the workers’ comp benefits you deserve, including:
- Medical costs;
- Payments for temporary partial or total disabilities;
- Permanent partial or total disability payments;
- Vocational rehabilitation support; and
- Death benefits for surviving family members.
Legal Help with Workers’ Comp Challenges
Workers’ compensation insurance companies are still for-profit businesses, so they prioritize their own financial interests over yours. The insurer might deny your claim by disputing the severity of your medical condition or refute that you were a covered employee. In some cases, you may need to take the next steps by going before the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Commission (WCC).
The Tuite Law team is dedicated to overcoming these and other hurdles, so you can focus on recovering and getting back to work. Our Sycamore workers’ comp lawyers will help with such tasks as:
- Filing forms and supporting documentation for your workers’ comp claim;
- Negotiating a settlement or other resolution with your employer’s insurer; and
- Representing you before the WCC at a hearing on workers’ comp benefits.
Contact Our Sycamore Workers’ Compensation Lawyers for Legal Help
To learn more about the workers’ comp process and your benefits, please contact Tuite Law to schedule a no-cost consultation with an attorney. You can reach our office by calling (815) 965-5777 or visiting our website. Once we discuss the details of your case, we can advise you on the next steps.