If you have been injured at work, you may want to seek help from a workers’ compensation attorney as soon as possible. Missing time from work due to injury can place undue hardship on you and your family – and you may be entitled to benefits under the Workers’ Compensation Act.
We can help you navigate the process and assist with any challenges or denials to your claim.
What Benefits Are Available Through a Workers’ Compensation Claim?
Workers’ compensation essentially works like a no-fault insurance system. This means that you can seek a number of benefits if you were injured at work—and you don’t have to prove that someone else was at fault for your injuries in order to do so.
A number of benefits may be available, depending on the extent of your injuries, the time you’ll need to miss at work, and other factors.
Under the law, employees are entitled to seek medical benefits for reasonable and necessary care related to their work injury. This could include compensation for the following:
- Emergency room care
- Diagnostic testing
- Visits to a doctor or a specialist
- Physical therapy
- Assistive medical devices
- Out-of-pocket medical costs
- And more
In addition, the Workers’ Compensation Act provides for temporary total disability (TTD) benefits equal to two-thirds (66%) of your normal weekly income.
If your injuries go on to be permanent, you may qualify to seek benefits via permanent partial disability (PPD) or permanent total disability (PTD), according to the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Commission.
The Act also entitles an injured employee to:
- Vocational rehabilitation, if you have to train to work a new job after your injury
- Death benefits to surviving family members, if they lost a loved one to a work accident
- A permanency settlement based on the injuries sustained
For a free legal consultation with a workers’ compensation lawyer serving Chicago, call (312) 598-0739
Take Action Quickly to Protect Your Right to Claim Benefits
To preserve your rights under the Act, it is important to move quickly. There are several important deadlines to be aware of throughout the workers’ compensation claims process.
You should report your injury to your employer as soon as you can. Be aware of the following deadlines for reporting your initial injury:
- General injuries should be reported within 45 days of the accident.
- Radiological exposure injuries should be reported within 90 days.
- Occupational diseases should be reported as soon as you discover the injury.
Discuss the circumstances of your injury with someone from our team, as our firm is familiar with the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Act. We can work to ensure that your case is on track to meet important deadlines and that you seek all benefits to which you are entitled.
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What Can a Workers’ Compensation Lawyer Do for You?
While you don’t have to work with a lawyer to seek benefits, we recommend that you consider the value of working with someone from our team. Especially if you are still recovering from your injuries, you may not want to spend your time and energy deciphering your legal rights, appealing a denied claim, and filing paperwork. We can do all of these things for you, including:
- Protecting your right to seek all benefits available in your case
- Gathering evidence to prove your injuries
- Assisting you with appealing denied claims
- Working to challenge any problems that you run into with the insurer, such as an early end to your benefits
- Settlement negotiations
- Representing you through the legal process
While we would like to be able to say that you will not face any complications with your workers’ compensation case, unfortunately, many claims are initially denied. You don’t have to let this be a concern for moving forward, however. You can get legal help through every step.
Why Choose the Kryder Law Group, LLC for Your Workers’ Compensation Case?
At our firm, we fight aggressively for the best outcomes for our clients, and we prioritize communication throughout every case.
In addition to the above, we also offer our clients:
- A free case review: Get a free consultation to learn your options and ask any questions you may have about your case.
- A face-to-face meeting with a lawyer within 48 hours: We understand you may need help immediately. Our founder, Andrew S. Kryder, or another attorney on our team can meet with you very soon after you request a conversation with a lawyer.
- Representation with no upfront costs involved: At The Kryder Law Group, LLC, we don’t want the cost of legal services to hold you back from getting help. We can start your case with no upfront fees We only get paid if you do.
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Can You Sue Your Employer for Additional Compensation?
In short, no—you will not be able to sue your employer if you accept workers’ compensation benefits. By receiving workers’ compensation benefits, you forfeit your ability to take legal action against an employer.
Only under rare circumstances, such as especially egregious behavior on the part of an employer, could you be able to take legal action. Our Chicago workers’ compensation lawyers can advise you on your right to file suit.
However, the potential to file a third-party claim or lawsuit is a different story. If a third party’s negligence was the cause of your work injuries (and this party is not your employer), you may be able to seek compensation through an insurance claim or lawsuit.
Third parties could include the following:
- Parts or equipment manufacturers
- Vehicle drivers
- Cargo loading companies
We can help you understand your options if someone’s negligence caused your accident and injuries.
Call Our Attorneys Today for a Free Consultation
It can be difficult to understand your rights under the Workers’ Compensation Act. To be sure that you understand what compensation you deserve, it’s important to work with a lawyer experienced with workers’ compensation laws.
Our Chicago personal injury lawyers at The Kryder Law Group, LLC may be able to help. Call our team for a no-obligation, free consultation to help determine your rights.