What Kind of Benefits can I get When I File an Illinois Workers’ Compensation Claim?
Illinois employees that file workers' compensation claims can receive a broad range of benefits including medical, rehabilitative, disability, and other payments. The total nature of recovery that is available to you depends entirely on the form of your injury. To learn more about what benefits you could receive if you filed a workers' compensation claim in Illinois, contact a qualified attorney.
What Does Illinois Allow Workers to Obtain in a Workers' Compensation Claim?
Workers can receive pay for the time that they miss from work, which is called Temporary Total Disability (TTD), provided the worker obtains a doctor's consent. This is based on a percentage of their average weekly earnings and is generally 2/3 of that amount. In addition, medical care is 100% covered as long as it considered reasonable and necessary, including the following medical services: emergency rooms, ambulances, hospitals, doctors, and even rehabilitation training potentially. Permanent partial or total disability, as well as disfigurement, that resulted from a work-related injury or illness may be compensated with long-term payments or a one-time lump sum. In the case of a work-related death, the family of the deceased worker is entitled to benefits as well.
Can I Also sue for Damages?
Generally, you cannot sue your employer for injuries that you sustained because of a work-related incident. However, there are certain exceptions to this broad mandate. First, you can still sue third parties such as tool manufacturers, premises owners, and contractors. Second, if your employer served you in another capacity and injured you in that pursuit, you can sue it for damages in that regard. Third, you can sue your employer for intentional torts like battery, defamation, or conversion. Note, though, that the general rule is that you cannot sue your employer for workplace harms.
How do I Know What my Workers' Comp Claim Will be Worth?
A lot of lawyers try and give clients specific number estimates for what their Illinois workers' compensation claims could fetch in arbitration. We try and avoid doing this. We don't normally do it for several reasons but primarily because they rely too much on past cases. This is detrimental because your case is not influenced by them so neither should your prediction be. Instead, we focus on calculating the costs and suffering that your individual incident created. We believe this analysis will bring you closer than an over reliance on previous claims.
Speak With an Attorney to Identify What You Could Obtain Through an Illinois Workers' Compensation Claim
The conversation of what an Illinois workers' compensation claim could bring you does not end with a simple listing of a few categories of typical recovery. It must include some reference to historical awards, relevant laws, and a thorough examination of the facts and circumstances of your particular injury. We have worked with a number of injured Illinois employees and have seen how their fates twisted and turned in the arbitration rooms of the Illinois Workers' Compensation Commission. This experience has honed in us a desire to present your case uniquely and passionately. Our firm maintains a diversified field of attorneys, committed to your success, as well as the all the resources necessary to compete with even the most resourceful of employers.
Plus, Rosenfeld Workers' Compensation attorneys will provide a free case evaluation, with no obligation – simply complete the contact form or call us at 888-424-5757
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?
- How Much Will It Cost me to Use an Illinois Workers' Compensation Lawyer to Handle my Claim?
- 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 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?