If you suffered an injury while on the job, The Kryder Law Group, LLC can help you seek workers’ compensation benefits. Our Tinley Park attorneys can help you through every step of the claims process.
From filing your initial paperwork to appealing denied claims, we want to help you get the money you need as quickly and easily as possible.
If You Have a Work-Related Injury, You Have the Right to Seek Benefits
The Illinois Workers’ Compensation Act, 820 ILCS 305/, provides monetary benefits to employees who suffer a work-related injury or occupational illness. The act covers nearly all Illinois workers employed within the state. Coverage includes:
Workers’ compensation will pay for all authorized, necessary medical treatment related to your injury. This may include hospitalizations, surgeries, medications, physical and/or cognitive rehabilitation, and more.
Disability payments provide you with a portion of your wages if you cannot work because of your injury.
If you cannot return to your previous line of employment because of your injury, you can receive benefits to pay for job training. This may include education, job counseling, and assistance finding employment.
If your spouse, parent, or guardian died because of a work-related injury, you may receive a portion of your loved one’s wages. You may also receive compensation for their funeral and burial expenses.
How Much Can You Receive for Your Workers’ Compensation Claim?
The value of your workers’ compensation benefits will depend on the cost of your necessary medical care, your wages at the time of your accident, your number of dependents, and the extent of your injury. While every case is unique, the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Commission (IWCC) reports that the statewide average weekly wage (SAWW) for the most recent 6-month reporting period was $1,210.45.
One factor that will have a major impact on your benefits is your level of disability. There are four disability categories:
These payments cover employees who cannot work in any capacity for a temporary period of time. Payments usually provide two-thirds of your weekly earnings until you recover and can return to your job.
These payments go to workers who have a permanent injury that prevents them from ever returning to work. If you qualify for this type of disability, you can receive a percentage of your weekly earnings for life.
These benefits compensate workers who can work part-time or perform a lower-paying job during their recovery. Workers can continue to earn partial income while payments provide a percentage of the difference between their current and former weekly wage.
These benefits compensate workers who have a permanent injury that forces them to work and/or earn less. Payments may include compensation for scheduled and non-scheduled injuries and disfigurement benefits. Our workers’ compensation attorneys can tell you more about qualifying injuries and their worth.
Our Attorneys Can Help You Throughout the Workers’ Compensation Claims Process
Seeking benefits does not have to be complicated. Our workers’ compensation attorneys can steer you through the process, allowing you to focus on your recovery.
- Help you pursue the maximum amount of benefits available to you
- Obtain evidence and speak with witnesses and medical experts to prove your injuries
- Appeal denied claims
- Fight against the premature discontinuation of benefits
- Handle complications or disputes that may arise with your employer’s workers’ compensation insurance provider
- Communicate with all involved parties on your behalf
- Track and adhere to deadlines
- Manage and file paperwork
- Negotiate your settlement amount
Let Us Give You Peace of Mind
We understand this is a stressful time for you and your family. You are injured, and your bills and expenses do not stop just because you cannot work. We can help you seek the benefits you need at no upfront cost to you. We offer our clients free, no-obligation consultations, and our attorneys can take your case on contingency. This means you owe us nothing unless we secure your payments.
We will get started on your case right away with a face-to-face meeting within 48 hours of when you reach out to us. Throughout the claims process, we will be there to promptly answer your questions and return your phone calls and emails. We will even help you schedule and pay for your medical treatment. Our goal is to help you get the compensation you deserve as quickly and efficiently as we can.
How Long Do You Have to File a Claim?
You should notify your employer about your injury as soon as possible, but no later than 45 days after the time of your accident. While it is alright to accept emergency medical treatment from your employer at the time of your injury, it is a good idea to seek an outside opinion regarding your injury as soon as you are able. Delays in seeking treatment or notifying your employer could negatively impact your workers’ compensation claim.
Can You Take Legal Action Against Your Employer?
Seeking benefits through workers’ compensation usually disqualifies you from suing your employer. However, depending on the circumstances of your accident, you may have the right to pursue awards from a third party. We may be able to assist you with a liability insurance claim or lawsuit, if necessary.
The statute of limitations for filing a personal injury lawsuit is two years, according to 735 ILCS 5/13-202. You also have two years to sue for wrongful death, according to 740 ILCS 180/. If you have the right to take civil action, you can pursue awards for pain and suffering in addition to compensation for your medical care and lost wages.
Contact the Attorneys at the Kryder Law Group, LLC for Help with Your Workers’ Compensation Case
Reach out to The Kryder Law Group, LLC today to get started on your claim. Call our offices to speak with a member of our team and learn more about how our Tinley Park attorneys can help your fight for your workers’ compensation benefits.