Whenever someone is injured while performing his or her duties at work, the injured worker is entitled to Worker’s Compensation under Illinois and Federal laws. While companies may make efforts to deter employees from filing Worker’s Compensation claims or attempt to deny these claims, it is important to understand that every employee is granted the right to compensation when a workplace accident requires medical treatment. The Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers are a leading work injury law firm in the Chicago area and serve clients across the entire state of Illinois who have been illegally denied their Worker’s Compensation claims. If you’ve been injured on the job, continue reading to learn more about your rights and how we can help you.
What is Worker’s Compensation and How Do I Qualify?
Worker’s Compensation is essentially insurance that every employer must provide in the event that an employee is injured and is designed to provide compensation for the payment of medical bills and wages that are lost whenever a worker’s injuries sideline him or her from working. There are myths and misconceptions about Worker’s Compensation that prevent many people from receiving the monetary benefits that they have a right to and it is important to understand the following things about Worker’s Compensation when dealing with an employer following an accident.
- If you are at fault for your accident, you are still entitled to collect benefits. Your employer may try to make you feel that if you were injured due to your own actions that you will be ineligible for a Worker’s Compensation Claim. This is false and you should contact a lawyer if your employer tries to deny your claim.
- While you are entitled to compensation for the treatment of your injuries, you may need to be treated by doctors and facilities that are approved by your employer. Your employer must provide you with the list of acceptable providers, however, and if you have complied with their policies, they must pay your claim.
- Collecting and keeping accurate records is the best way to protect yourself following any injury. If your employer contests your claim or your claim is initially denied, these records will help you to prove that you were injured, that you received medical care, were required to take time off work, and incurred costs for all of these things as a result.
My Illinois Work Comp Claim Has Been Denied. Why?
There are a variety of reasons your claim may be denied initially, including the claim that your injuries did not occur while on the job, that you had a preexisting condition, the claim that you opted out of Worker’s Compensation, you did not file your claim properly and more. Many of these claims can be appealed if you have the proper documentation and evidence and you still may be able to receive Worker’s Compensation benefits. Most people receive the initial denial of benefits and give up on the claim while others may find it difficult to gather the documentation needed to present an appeal.
The Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers have both the experience and knowledge of Illinois Worker’s Compensation laws required to properly evaluate your case and to require all of the documents and evidence that are required to make an appeal. We also have access to doctors, accident reconstruction specialists and economists whose expertise in their fields will allow us to accurately assess the physical and financial impact of your injuries. This is invaluable when determining the value of your case, and in the event that your employer is liable for your injures due to an act of negligence, will allow you to pursue damages in addition to the Worker’s Compensation benefits to which you are entitled.
Contact us today to arrange a free consultation where you can learn more about your rights and whether you have a case against your employer. We will be forthcoming about your chances of winning or negotiating a settlement and will never require payment for our services upfront or at any point of the process prior to securing damages or compensation on your behalf. If we cannot assist you or fail to collect compensation for you, then our services will be free of charge.