If you or a loved one suffered an injury while at work, you do not need to worry. You could be eligible for payments that can cover for your losses. Call The Kryder Law Group, LLC, to speak to an experienced personal injury attorney about how to file or appeal a claim for workers’ compensation. A Markham workers’ compensation lawyer could help you fight for fair damages.
Types of Compensation Available to You
According to the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Commission (IWCC), you are entitled to medical care, financial benefits while you cannot work due to your injury, vocational rehabilitation, and death benefits for family members of an individual lost due to work injuries. You could collect a combination of the following forms of payment:
Temporary Total Disability (TTD)
You could earn TTD benefits if your injury keeps you out of work only for a limited time or if you are returning to work after a long recovery period (but only for “light work”). You are eligible for these benefits after three days out of work because of your injury, as long as you are out for at least two total weeks. You will stop collecting these benefits after you return to work or heal to your maximum medical improvement.
TTD benefits will consist of two-thirds of your average weekly wages. Your employer has to pay within two weeks of finding out you were injured.
Temporary Partial Disability (TPD)
If you can still work despite your injury (on a light or part-time basis), you could be eligible for PTD benefits. You will receive these benefits until you reach maximum medical improvement or go back to the work you were doing before suffering an injury.
These benefit payments will consist of the difference between your average wages and the gross amount you earn in your light-duty job.
Partial Permanent Disability (PPD)
These benefits are for people who lose the entirety of (or use of) a body part or the partial loss of the use of the whole body. They include:
- Wage differential payments: This refers to the difference between a new job that pays less than the one you had before and your old job before the injury. You can collect these for five years or until you turn age 67 (if you were injured after Sept. 11, 2011).
- Schedule of injuries: You can collect benefits based on the severity of your injury and a formula your lawyer will explain to you. If you lost the use of a limb or lost a limb via amputation, this is considered a 100% loss.
- Non-schedule injuries: Injuries that are not listed in the schedule can qualify you for benefits if they still limit your ability to earn an income. A formula will be calculated to determine the amount of these benefits that you could collect for 500 weeks.
- Disfigurement: “Head, face, neck, chest above the armpits, arm, hand, or leg below the knee” injuries could entitle you to 162 weeks of benefits adjusted via a formula.
Permanent Total Disability (PTD)
These benefits are for individuals who lose the use of any two limbs or eyes or are completely disabled to the point where they cannot keep a stable job. You could earn PTD benefits and Social Security benefits at the same time.
There are many details involved in securing workers’ compensation benefits. Call The Kryder Law Group, LLC today for a free consultation regarding your workplace injury.
How Our team of Legal Professionals Could Help
Your mind and body might not be in the place where you can take on the task of advocating for fair workers’ compensation benefits by yourself. We can do this for you. Our main concern is securing the benefits to which you are entitled and protecting your rights.
Our workers’ comp attorneys in Markham can help you file all the necessary paperwork, search for evidence, compile the evidence that supports your claim, and communicate with all relevant parties. We will also prove how you were injured.
The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reported that the following accident causes were related to workers’ compensation cases in 2019:
- Transportation incidents
- Falls, slips, and trips
- “Exposure to harmful substances or environments”
- Fires and explosions
Being crushed, struck, trapped, electrically shocked, or subjected to repetitive motion could cause injury. Non-impact injuries (lifting or carrying, etc.) or misuse of tools could have also caused your injuries. Regardless of how you were hurt, we want to hear from you.
Getting Medical Treatment After the Accident
It is important to get treated for any injuries you suffer or speak to a doctor for a diagnosis of an injury you are unaware of.
If your employer is enrolled in a Preferred Provider Program, you will have to choose a doctor from a preapproved list. If you meet with a medical doctor not on this list, you could be responsible for your medical costs. We can discuss this and more when you contact a Markham workers’ comp attorney at our firm.
Call a Markham Workers’ Compensation Attorney to Begin Working on Your Case
If you are having difficulty beginning your claim (or want to discuss appealing a denied claim), reach out to Markham workers’ compensation lawyer at our firm. We can talk about your options and what kinds of benefits you could be eligible to receive. Call our dedicated team of attorneys as soon as you can.