Illinois Workers’ Compensation System Can Be Frustrating To Navigate On Your Own
In Illinois, workers’ compensation is a no-fault system of benefits paid by employers to workers who experience workplace injuries and job-related illnesses or diseases. In general, if you have to miss work because of a work-related injury, you may be eligible to obtain total disability payments. Total disability payments are weekly payments that are equal to two-thirds (or 67%) of your weekly salary. You also are able to see a doctor of your choice. Your employer should pay all of the reasonable and necessary costs for medical treatment. You may be eligible for permanent disability benefits, which counts as a settlement for your injury.
While the process for workers’ compensation benefits may seem straightforward, it is an arduous process without the help of an experienced workers’ compensation attorney. Illinois Workers’ Compensation Commission has myriad regulations to follow, forms to complete and a strict process before benefits are conferred to an injured employee. An employee must prove by a preponderance of the evidence that their injury or illness occurred as part of their duties to their employer.
Are You An Injured Worker In Illinois?
Make sure that you know your legal rights. At Thomas Law, we will be at your side for filing forms, assessments, arbitration and review hearings. We not only seek to maximize compensation for our clients who were injured at work, but also compassionately walk with them through the process, aiming to get our clients back to the same condition they were in before the injury. Unfortunately, in many cases there will be long-term effects from workplace injuries; in those cases, like most of our cases, we will fight to get maximum compensation.