Becoming hurt in a workplace injury can be a traumatic experience. You may be worried that your employer is going to retaliate against you if you file a workers’ compensation claim. However, you have the right to collect benefits while you are unable to work and should not be plagued with the fear of financial insecurity.
With more than 75 years of experience litigating personal injury claims, the Chicago workers compensation lawyers at Harvey L. Walner & Associates, Ltd. care about your well being and have the skills and knowledge to win you the money you deserve while you are unable to work.
Illinois’ Workers’ Compensation Program
The State of Illinois maintains a good workers’ compensation program that issues decent benefits for injured workers. It is important that you receive all the benefits to which you are entitled when you have suffered a workplace accident. Unfortunately, obtaining workers’ compensation benefits can be discouraging and intimidating. Mistakes in applying for benefits can cause your application to be denied. This can leave you injured and out of work, with no income for you and your family.
Workers’ compensation benefits cover any workplace injury that requires medical treatment, causing you to miss time off work and forgo your wages. Common work-related injuries include:
- Back injuries
- Severe strains and sprains
- Motor vehicle accidents
- Fractures and broken bones
- Burn injuries
- Toxic exposure
Workers’ Compensation Benefits
Under the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Act, you are entitled to:
Payment of medical bills: You have the right to see up to two doctors of your choosing and be covered for any medical bills related to your workplace injury.
Weekly paychecks: If you must miss time off work because of your injury, you are entitled to weekly paychecks that are two-thirds of your regular pay. These paychecks are tax-free.
Lump sum payments: If you have a disability that has been caused by your workplace injury, you have the right to receive a lump sum payment. This amount will vary for each employee, and depends on your doctor’s evaluation of the degree of your disability.
Permanent disability payment: If you have suffered a permanent disability that prohibits from you from returning to your job, you may receive two-thirds of your wages, tax-free, for the rest of your life.
Death benefits: If you lost a loved one in a workplace accident, you are entitled to death benefits, which include burial expenses and ongoing paychecks to replace the workers' salary. The benefit is paid for 25 years of weekly benefits or $500,000, whichever is more. If a surviving spouse remarries and there are no children, the spouse receives a final lump sum payment equal to two years of weekly compensation.
If you desire, your benefits may be changed from a monthly or weekly payment into a single lump sum. We can talk to you about this option and decide if it is right for you.
Protection from Retaliation
The Illinois Workers' Compensation Act protects you against any kind of discrimination or retaliation on the basis of your workers' compensation claim. Any action of this type is illegal, and if you have been threatened with or actually fired, demoted, not given adequate hours, or given any unfavorable treatment as a result of a workers' compensation claim, you may be able to receive significant compensation.
If you are afraid to make a claim against your employer, or if your employer has retaliated against you and you live in the Chicago area, please call or email the law firm of Harvey L. Walner & Associates, Ltd. We offer free consultations and only charge you a fee if we win your case.
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