Have you or a loved one been injured in a workplace accident?
As a worker in the United States, you have the right to report work-related injuries. Work related injuries can be physically and financially devastating and unfortunately, they are not uncommon. According to The Bureau of Labor Statistics, nearly 3 million nonfatal workplace injuries and illnesses were reported by private industry employers in 2012, and more than one-half of the 3 million cases reported were of a more serious nature that involved days away from work, job transfer or restriction. Additionally, the Federal Occupational Safety & Health Administration reported 4,628 workers were killed on the job in 2012 – averaging to 89 a week or more than 12 deaths every day.
Pursuing a Workers’ Compensation Claim in Illinois
If you are injured on the job, you are entitled to compensation whether or not the employer is negligent or at fault. However, that compensation is limited by statute. The Illinois Workers’ Compensation Commission resolves disputes between employees and employers regarding workers’ compensation cases. A case is first tried by an arbitrator, whose decision may be reviewed by a panel of three commissioners. Cases may then be appealed to the circuit court, Appellate Court, and Illinois Supreme Court. Like most court systems, the vast majority of disputes are resolved by settlement.
You should meet with a skilled workers’ compensation lawyer to discuss all of your options and the legal remedies that are available to you
You May be Entitled to Workers’ Compensation Benefits
Illinois state law governs workers’ compensation claims. According the Workers’ Compensation Act, you may be entitled to the following benefits:
- Medical care that is reasonably required to cure or relieve the employee of the effects of the injury;
- Temporary total disability (TTD) benefits while the employee is off work, recovering from the injury;
- For injuries that occur on or after February 1, 2006, temporary partial disability (TPD) benefits while the employee is recovering from the injury but working on light duty for less compensation;
- Vocational rehabilitation/maintenance benefits are provided to an injured employee who is participating in an approved vocational rehabilitation program;
- Permanent partial disability (PPD) benefits for an employee who sustains some permanent disability or disfigurement, but can work;
- Permanent total disability (PTD) benefits for an employee who is rendered permanently unable to work;
- Death benefits for surviving family members.
An employee may also receive the following benefits:
- Medical Benefits – 100% coverage, no coinsurance, or deductibles
- Free Choice Of Doctors – Two (2) of your own choosing
- Lost Wage Benefits – Two-thirds (2/3′s) of your gross weekly wage (paid within 2 weeks of your accident)
- Reimbursement for Travel – To and from doctor’s and therapy appointments
- Compensation for Disfigurement – Burns, cuts, etc.
- Penalties – Against the insurance company for failure to pay benefits
- Lump Sum Settlement – Cash settlement for your injuries
Before agreeing to accept a settlement offer, it is important to speak with a Chicago workplace injury attorney who can inform you of your rights and what your case is worth. The attorneys at Stein & Shulman, LLC have years of experience pursing workers’ compensation claims and understand the financial stress that results from being unable to work and provide for your family. We are committed to ensuring you receive the benefits you deserve and the maximum amount of damages to compensate for your injuries.
If you were injured in the workplace due to dangerous or defective machinery, a construction accident, or a dangerous work environment contact one of our workers’ compensation attorneys for a free consultation at (312) 422- 0500 or by filling out a free contact form online. It costs you nothing to pursue the damages you deserve, unless your case is successful.