If you were injured at work, you may be eligible for compensation to cover your lost wages, medical bills, and other expenses. You may also be eligible for compensation if you are an essential worker and contracted COVID-19 at work. Under the Illinois’ Workers’ Compensation Act, employers must provide workers’ compensation insurance to their employees. If you get hurt on the job, you may file a claim no matter the circumstances of your injury. Unfortunately, workers’ compensation claims get denied all the time. The Kryder Law Group can help you fight a denial and collect financial recovery.
At The Kryder Law Group, our Aurora workers’ compensation lawyers help injured workers fight to get their claims approved so they can start rebuilding their lives. In addition, our personal injury attorneys can investigate your claim to determine whether any negligent parties were directly responsible for your losses. If so, we can pursue them in a private civil action, which can open up additional avenues of compensation. Our legal team works on a contingency fee basis, meaning that we do not get paid our attorney’s fees unless your case is successful. To receive a free, no-obligation case evaluation with a member of our team today, call The Kryder Law Group.
Aurora Work Injury Compensation
If you successfully obtain workers’ compensation benefits from your employer, you may be able to recover the cost of various items, including:
- The reasonable cost of your medical bills
- The cost of rehabilitation
- Lost wages
- Reduced earning capacity
During the course of our legal team’s investigation, they may discover that your injuries resulted from another party’s negligence. For example, if you were working as a mechanic, and a tool you were using malfunctioned and injured you, you could have the basis of a product liability claim.
If this aspect is relevant in your case, you could recover the following losses through a civil action:
- Medical bills
- Lost wages
- Reduced earning capacity
- Pain and suffering and inconvenience
- Emotional trauma
The compensable damages in your case will rest upon the details of your situation.
Work Injuries Eligible for Compensation
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), in 2018, over 110,000 nonfatal injuries and illness affected Illinois’ workers. Not all of these workers had traditionally dangerous occupations. Sometimes, even office jobs result in work-related injuries that require medical care and force employees to spend time away from their jobs.
No matter what type of work injury you suffered, you have legal options. The Aurora attorneys at The Kryder Law Group can help you file a workers’ compensation claim and collect money to cover your medical bills, lost wages, and other expenses.
We have helped injured workers recover compensation for the following types of work injuries:
Construction Site Injuries
Construction sites can be minefields of potential injuries. No matter how careful you are or how diligently you perform your job, the danger of injury is ever-present. We can help you file a workers’ compensation claim and get paid for your construction site injury.
If you are required to drive as part of your job, an auto accident on the clock is considered a work injury, and you are eligible for workers’ compensation. If your employer disputes your eligibility, a workers’ compensation lawyer in Aurora can advocate on your behalf and help you get your claim approved.
Manual Labor and Lifting
If you got hurt doing any type of lifting or manual labor on the job (even if you do not have a traditionally labor-intensive job), you could still qualify for workers’ compensation benefits. Our legal team can review the details of your situation and determine a course of action that suits your case.
Repetitive Stress Injuries
Repetitive stress injuries, according to Healthline, are caused by repetitive motions. They are present in office work, particularly among employees who type, file, make copies, or perform other tasks dozens of times per day. These injuries are every bit as legitimate as manual labor injuries, and we can help you get compensated for them.
Slip and Fall Injuries
If you slipped and fell on the job, we can help you recover compensation, whether you were performing a job-related duty at the time of your fall or otherwise.
Fighting against a Workers’ Compensation Claim Denial
While most workers’ comp claims are handled without getting into the weeds of legal action, sometimes, employers deny these claims without good reason.
For your employer to deny your claim, they must be able to show one of two things:
Alcohol or Drug Intoxication
An employer may deny a workers’ compensation claim if evidence shows the employee was under the influence of drugs or alcohol at the time of their injury. However, the burden is on the employer to prove that the worker was intoxicated.
An employer may also deny a workers’ compensation claim by showing that the injured worker exhibited gross recklessness when they got hurt. Gross recklessness does not mean carelessness or simple negligence; it means the worker was doing something clearly and obviously dangerous without regard for the consequences.
We will push back against any claims made by your employer that you were intoxicated or grossly negligent at the time of your workplace injury. An Aurora workers’ comp attorney can help you understand your legal options and guide you through the process of filing an appeal.
Filing Deadline for Workers’ Comp Claims
735 ILCS 5/ of the Civil Procedure, also known as Illinois’ statute of limitations, gives you two years from the date of your accident to file a lawsuit against a negligent party. However, this only applies to private civil actions. Workers’ compensation has various timelines for taking action, depending on whether you are filing an initial claim or an appeal.
Yet, these deadlines come fast. You should consider speaking with an Aurora lawyer about your workers’ compensation claim if you have not done so already. The Kryder Law Group can review the details of your case and share any pending deadlines that could affect your claim’s success.
Call an Aurora Attorney for a Free Workers’ Compensation Case Evaluation
The Aurora workers’ compensation lawyers at The Kryder Law Group are ready to help you today. For a free consultation, call our team now.