Employers carry workers’ compensation to cover employee injuries. If you were hurt while working, you may receive medical coverage and a portion of your wages. However, insurance companies can undervalue claims, deny injuries, or complicate the process of seeking compensation.
If you were injured on the job the Des Plaines workers’ compensation lawyers with The Kryder Law Group, LLC can help. Our seasoned personal injury attorneys offer free case evaluations.
If you were hurt in a workplace accident, you may be eligible for workers’ compensation benefits. The Illinois Workers’ Compensation Commission handbook outlines the benefits you can receive, including:
Medical care provides any treatment you need to recover to the point that you can return to work. Workers’ compensation can cover the cost of doctor’s visits, imaging tests, prescription medication, and other expenses.
Your potential compensation depends on the state of your disability. Total disability means you are completely unable to work at the same level as you did previously, while partial disability means you can perform some of the tasks you normally did. If you were permanently disabled by the accident, you could be eligible for job training or other benefits.
In the sad event you lose a loved one to a workplace accident, you could receive benefits on their behalf. That can include:
To better understand what workers’ compensation benefits you qualify for, contact our attorneys.
Workers’ compensation involves a tradeoff from both employees and employers—you receive benefits in exchange for not suing your employer, even if negligence is involved. In addition, you must also uphold other requirements to receive benefits, such as:
The deadline for notifying your employer varies depending on your injury:
There may even be a cap on the number of doctor visits you can have. Likewise, the Illinois Workers’ Compensation handbook points out that you must receive care that is “reasonably necessary to cure or relieve the employee from the effects of the injury.”
This could lead to disputes between you and your employer or their insurance regarding what is necessary to cure or relieve your injury. Employers may also evaluate or challenge your care or treatments in an effort to avoid paying. If this happens, our workers’ compensation attorneys can fight for your benefits.
Even if you qualify for workers’ compensation, you may experience some hurdles in receiving benefits. We can help if you experience any of the following:
If you receive a denial of benefits, we can appeal your case and submit the necessary evidence to prove your work-related injuries and the losses that resulted.
Because workers’ compensation has its own set of laws, you may feel overwhelmed if you attempt to handle your claim alone. You deserve to focus on recovering. You don’t have to deal with the complexity of workers’ compensation law alone. We can help with:
Additionally, if you have any questions about workers’ compensation, you can our law firm any time to take advantage of our free consultation.
In some cases, your employer may say they are not responsible for your injuries, claiming someone else is at fault and should be held liable. In this scenario, we can help identify a possible third party whose negligent action led to your accident. Although you typically give up your right to sue your employer after a workplace accident, you still have the right to sue a third party.
Common negligent parties at workplaces include:
If any of these parties prove responsible for your accident, we can pursue them for compensation, either through an insurance claim or a personal injury lawsuit. They may then be held liable for your damages.
Potential compensation from personal injury lawsuits differs from workers’ compensation. If you were injured by a third party, you may receive a recovery for:
Unlike workers’ compensation claims, personal injury lawsuits allow you to pursue non-economic damages. This is compensation for the less quantifiable consequences of being injured. For instance, you may receive damages for pain and suffering.
If you aren’t sure who should be held responsible for your expenses, we can determine the liable party.
The statute of limitations for personal injury lawsuits is usually two years, according to 735 ILCS 5/13-202. If you fail to file by this deadline, you risk losing your right to pursue compensation through legal action.
Keep in mind that negotiations with insurers can take some time, so the sooner you start working on your case, the better. We can help you abide by any deadlines if you call us as soon as possible.
The Kryder Law Group, LLC wants to hear about your workplace accident. One of our Des Plaines workers’ compensation lawyers can handle your claim from beginning to end. For a free, no-obligation consultation, call us today.