Your Chicago workers’ compensation attorney should possess three important qualities:
- Proven results
In an ideal world, injured workers would not face any difficulties applying for and receiving workers’ compensation. The reality is that injured workers often face obstacles from both employers and their insurance companies following workplace injuries. This makes it important to have an experienced Chicago workers’ compensation attorney on your side before you file for benefits.
Workers’ compensation laws vary from state to state. For the most effective representation, you need an attorney who has experience with workers’ compensation in Illinois. To illustrate his effectiveness, your attorney should be able to provide you with information about previous cases he has handled as well.
Most importantly, your lawyer needs to be dedicated to helping you get the compensation you are entitled to. This means working individually with you and taking the time to understand your unique needs. Your attorney should see you as more than just another case and be willing to stand by your side until you have obtained the compensation you deserve.
- Doctor-patient relationship: In most cases, you must have a doctor-patient relationship with the medical practitioner who caused your harm. If you were being treated in an emergency situation or just given unofficial advice by a doctor, then you might not have a valid claim.
- Deviation from acceptable care: There is a well-established standard of acceptable care in the medical world that describes what a medical provider should and should not reasonably do to treat a patient. Your injury must have been caused by an action or decision that most reasonable medical providers would have not done in the same situation.
- Actual injury: You must have actually suffered an injury or the worsening of an injury or illness due to the deviation from acceptable care. Preferably, your injury will be recorded in your medical record for ease of review. Without a recorded injury, your case has nothing to stand on.
- Actual damages: Lastly, your injury or illness caused by medical malpractice must have caused you to suffer real damages, like furthered medical costs, lost wages, or emotional trauma. As with any injury claim, no damages mean no compensation.
Who qualifies for workers’ compensation?
Workers’ compensation benefits are available to employees in most industries. Some states prohibit certain workers from recovering workers’ compensation benefits. Primarily, the employees who are excluded from the workers’ compensation system are people employed by smaller businesses or in a volunteer position. Your employer should have provided information about workers’ compensation at your job upon hiring.
How much money can I get through a workers’ compensation claim?
The amount of your workers’ compensation benefits will depend on your salary, the cost of your medical bills, and your other expenses. Wage replacement benefits, in most cases, are equivalent to two-thirds of an injury victim’s wages before they were injured. Medical expenses are covered by workers’ compensation. You may be entitled to additional benefits if your injury is disabling or if you sustained other expenses.
Does workers’ compensation pay time off?
Yes. In addition to covering your medical bills and other injury-related expenses, the workers’ compensations system offers wage replacement benefits. These benefits offer a source of income while you are unable to work.
Can I receive workers’ compensation benefits if I caused my own injuries?
In most cases, yes. Workers’ compensation is a no-fault system. This allows employees whose negligence resulted in a work accident to recover benefits. However, worker fault can make a claim slightly more difficult. An employee can be prohibited from recovering workers’ compensation benefits if they were engaging in misconduct when their injuries occurred.
The Chicago workers’ compensation lawyers at our firm have a combined 75 years of experience protecting the rights of workers in Illinois. Our attorneys have a proven history of securing proper settlements for injured workers, and with our focus on personal injury law, we can even help you determine if your case is eligible for further legal action. Walner Lawis entirely dedicated to every client we take. We will work individually with you to protect your rights and help you get every penny you are due.
Please call (312) 313-2888 or message the Chicago workers’ compensation attorneys of Walner Law.
Chicago Workers’ Compensation Lawyers
We Can Handle Your Claim Following an Occupational Accident
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 lawyersat Walner Law® care about your wellbeing 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
- Partial or permanent disability
Protection from Retaliation
It is against the law for your employer to retaliate against you because you filed a workers’ compensation claim. This includes discrimination or disciplinary action of any kind — such as termination or demotion — in relation to your claim. You may be entitled to additional compensation if your employer has retaliated against you.
What You Should Know About Filing for Workers' Comp
Workers’ compensation is a government program created to provide benefits to those injured on the job or made ill due to the workplace. Filing for workers’ compensation, however, is no easy task. There is a great deal of paperwork and deadlines that must be met. If there is even just one error in the forms you fill out or one deadline missed, your claim will be denied. For this reason, we highly suggest that if you are injured on the job, you seek out the assistance of an experienced attorney such as the ones at Walner Law!
An on-the-job injury is traumatic physically, emotionally, and financially. If you were the “breadwinner” in the family, you are probably fearful that you can no longer provide for your loved ones. Our legal team knows the workers’ compensation law inside and out. We will work tirelessly to get you the benefits to which you are entitled. A staggering number of injured workers who apply without legal representation are denied. We will do everything we can to make sure your hard-earned benefits are not denied. If you live in Chicago and were injured on the job, please contact the workers’ compensation attorneys at Walner Law today to schedule a confidential consultation.
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