How Much Does it Cost to Hire an Illinois Workers Compensation Lawyer?
It may cost you nothing initially to use an Illinois workers' compensation lawyer to handle your claim. Many lawyers arrange fee schedules that to do not bill the client for any expense or time until after the return of a satisfactory award as determined by the client.
What can an Illinois Workers' Comp Lawyer do for Me?
You might be wondering what the deal is? How can a workers' comp lawyer help me? Especially if you hire one, you'll want to know what you're getting yourself into. The first thing to realize is that the arbitration process of the Illinois Workers' Compensation Commission is complicated and arcane.
Also, it moves very slowly. If you do not have the requisite time, attention, institutional knowledge, or energy, then you can keep missing your chance to recover. Additionally, obtaining counsel can help you maintain a professional face towards the opposing counsel during the countless rounds of negotiation and communication.
Finally, a quality law firm can churn out the reams of documents that are needed for this type of claim. There are many other things that an Illinois workers' comp lawyer can do for you but the most important thing you realize is that you should speak with one soon to protect your own recovery.
What is the Timeline of an Illinois Workers' Comp Claim?
After you suffer a work-related injury or aggravation, you have 45 days to inform your employer of the circumstances of the accident. Following that notice, your employer can either accept or reject your claim. If it rejects your claim, you can file a claim with the Illinois Workers' Compensation Commission.
The IWCC will then give your claim a number, an arbitrator, and an initial status meeting. Following that initial meeting, there will be successive meetings every three months until the expiration of the matter.
After this first status meeting, you can also choose to file suit. It is important to remember that this entire affair only continues at the pace of your vigor and how zealously you advance your claim. The arbitrator, and certainly not the employer, will have little motivation to push the matter along so you must do it.
How do We Charge for Our Services?
Our experienced Illinois workers' compensation attorneys do not charge for our initial consultation, so it is always free to come discuss your case. In addition, we work on a contingency fee so we will not ask for payment up front. We will only charge a fee once we have made a financial recovery for you.
The Illinois Legislature has set attorneys' fees for workers compensation cases at 20% for most situations. If there is a separate case against a third-party, the case is handled separately, and the separate fee agreement will need to be agreed upon. Fees are clearly laid out in the representation agreement signed by all clients, and submitted for the approval of the IWCC.
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Finances obviously drive a lot of the early conversations that we have with injured workers. They want to know what the court, legal, and other charges will be so that they can figure out if the hassle will be worth it. We understand that. That is why we lay out all of the expenses that we normally see in Illinois workers' compensation cases, and we've seen a lot of them.
Beyond this quick calculation, though, we also like to take some time to sketch out what they can expect to receive using prior Illinois cases as a guide. Then, we chart a path that the claim could take procedurally from beginning to end to give them a sense of what to expect time wise.
Finally, remember that Rosenfeld Workers' Compensation attorneys can provide a free case evaluation, with no obligation – simply complete the contact form or call us at 888-424-5757. So there's no reason to wait. Call us to see how close you are to recovery!
For additional information see the following pages:
- Can I be Fired For Filing a Workers' Compensation Claim?
- Can I Choose my Own Doctor to Treat my Work-Related Injury Under Illinois' Workers' Compensation Law?
- I Have an Open Workers' Compensation Claim That I Have Received a Settlement Offer For. What Happens If I Settle That Claim?
- I Was Hurt Over a Year Ago at Work But Never Filed a Claim. Is It Too Late to Receive Illinois Workers' Compensation Benefits?
- What If I Was at Fault For my Work-Related Injury. Can I Still Get Workers' Compensation Benefits?
- What Kind of Benefits Can I Get When I File an Illinois Workers' Compensation Claim?
- What or Who is Covered Under The Workers' Compensation Laws of Illinois?
- What Should I do to Apply For Workers' Compensation Benefits If I Have Been Injured While Working at a Job or Factory In Illinois?
- When Should an Employee Seek The Help of an Illinois Workers' Compensation Attorney?
- Who is Responsible For Paying For Illinois Workers' Compensation Benefits?