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Chicago Workers' Compensation Attorneys

Have You Been Injured While on the Job in Chicago, Illinois?

If you have suffered a serious personal injury or work-related illness due to your duties at work, you are probably looking for legal assistance to help you with your workers’ compensation claim.

If you are in the State of Illinois, you are within your rights to claim for injury at work, but the process of accessing your benefit can be tricky.

Injured Employees Often Face Delayed Or Denied Pay

Unfortunately, you are most likely inexperienced with the claims process, while your employer or their insurance company is well-versed in compensation claims and knows how to delay paying you or avoid it altogether.

Many employers and insurers are notorious for delaying and denying payments for all benefits afforded an injured worker under the law.

This is why you should consider hiring a Chicago workers’ compensation lawyer.
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Hire an Experienced Workers' Compensation Lawyer

When hiring an attorney at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers, you are getting a workers’ compensation lawyer who has helped hardworking individuals from across Chicago, Illinois access the benefits they deserve following a work injury.

Our workers' comp lawyers do not charge for your initial case review, which means you are eligible for a free consultation.

In addition, our Chicago personal injury law firm handles matters involving work injuries on a contingency fee, so we only charge a fee once we have achieved a financial recovery for you.

Your experienced attorney will be available to you 24/7 to guide you through the claims process and lead you to a beneficial settlement for your Chicago personal injury.

Our Illinois Workers' Compensation Attorneys Will Ensure Your Claim is Fairly Assessed

The work injury attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury law firm know first-hand that the competitive nature of many industries leads to rushed work or corners being cut when it comes to safety. This often results in injured workers.

We understand that as an injured worker, your medical expenses are a major concern. Our fee structure means that you don’t have to pay us if your claim is eventually denied.

We only receive a fee if we are successful in acquiring your benefit from your employer or insurance company.
Further, our team knows the tactics used by employers and insurers for delaying and denying payments for all benefits afforded to an injured worker under the law.

By having an experienced Chicago work injury lawyer on your side, you can ensure that these tactics do not cause you or your family further hardship.

In many situations, there is room for interpretation in the claims for an employee’s benefits. Not surprisingly, the value assessed by your employer's insurer may be far less than what the law provides for.

Having a legal expert represent you in a Chicago workplace accident claim can ensure that your workers’ compensation benefits are fairly assessed and you receive fair compensation for your work-related injury.

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Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers has Worked on Work-Related Accident Cases Just Like Yours

Our law firm’s long-standing experience with Chicago workers’ compensation claims means that we have seen a variety of cases similar to yours.

Our attorneys have a track record of successful cases with years of experience representing Chicago workers in diverse industries including construction, agriculture, manufacturing, government service, logistics and trucking.

Common workplace injuries we have seen include:
We are also familiar with more industry-specific injuries such as product liability, forklift accidents, falling debris, electrocution and crushing.

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Contact our law offices today to discuss your claim with a top-rated workers' compensation lawyer Chicago and let us put our work injury experience to work for you.

As with all of our Chicago, IL personal injury cases, we offer a free consultation for workers' comp matters.

Claims Our Chicago Workers Compensation Lawyers Have Won for Injured People

Our proven history in settling these workers' comp claims includes wide-ranging experience with injured workers in the Chicago area.

When you retain our firm, you have the piece of mind that your attorney has worked on many cases similar to yours.

The cases below related to work-related injuries, some of these also involve recoveries from third-party defendants.

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$3,100,000: For a construction worker who was struck by debris while working on a project in Chicago, (Cook County).

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$2,750,000: Helicopter crash accident with a lawsuit filed in Chicago.

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$1,250,000: Settlement for an un-operated knee injury on a railroad worker in his mid-sixties.

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$750,000: Federal Employers Liability Act (FELA) settlement awarded during mediation for a repetitive stress back injury of a rail worker.

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$500,000: Awarded to a barge worker who injured his back and shoulder due to improperly maintained equipment.

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$500,000: Awarded to a transportation worker who was seriously injured on a loading dock. (Cook County, IL)

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$425,000: Workers compensation settlement representing a wage differential due to diminished earning capacity as a result of his injuries.

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$300,000+: Workers compensation for a factory worker who received crush injuries at a Chicago food manufacturing business.

If you have a question about your work injury case, we invite you to contact our law office for a free consultation regarding your legal rights.

What Can You Expect from Your Workers Compensation Attorney?

Your experienced workers compensation lawyer from Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers will be by your side throughout the claims process to help you navigate the workers' compensation system so that you can focus on recovering from your personal injury, as opposed to worrying about medical bills.

After an initial consultation about the details of your workers’ comp claim, we will help you file your claim with the necessary detail to ensure the best possible outcome for you.

If a hearing needs to take place in order to get your claim, we will fight for you and deal with your employer and their insurance company.

FAQs About Workers’ Compensation in Chicago, Illinois

If you are injured at work, you have legitimate concerns about your health, your medical care, your financial stability and your future. Each workers' compensation attorney in our Chicago office appreciates the strain that work injuries have on the individual and his or her family.

We make sure to take stock of your situation and advise you of your legal rights and options.

Below are some frequent questions raised by our clients. Of course, we recognize that the field of job-related injuries is vast. Consequently,. we always invite you to contact our office for a free consultation where an attorney can provide trusted legal advice.

Do I Have a Workers’ Compensation Case?

When you have been injured in a workplace accident, you are almost always covered by workers’ compensation. If your employer states otherwise during your claim, they are in direct violation of Illinois work laws. You receive these benefits regardless of the type of work you do, who is at fault for your injuries, or how long you have been on the job. Even if you are injured on your first day on the job, you still qualify for benefits.

Illinois workers' compensation laws are a no-fault system. In fact, the incident could be completely your fault and you would still be entitled to your full worker’s compensation benefit.

This benefit will be paid either by a state-run insurance program, a private insurer or directly from the company – this depends on how your company manages its workers’ compensation insurance.

How Are Chicago Workers’ Compensation Cases Valued?

To begin with, when most people refer to the value of their case, they are generally referring to the lump sum settlement they receive at the conclusion of their medical treatment-- when they have been discharged by their doctor and have reached maximum medical improvement.

The value of your workers’ compensation case will depend on what body part has been injured, how it has affected your ability to perform certain tasks, how it has affected your ability to earn an income, whether you have suffered disfigurement, and how much care you will need moving forward and the medical expenses this might incur. The insurance company will also play a large part in determining what benefits you are eligible for.

Note, your average weekly wage at the time of your injury will greatly impact the value of your case.

Hypothetically, two if two workers have the same injury and one makes $25,000/year and the other makes $50,000/year, the higher paid worker will recover twice as much money for their settlement.

If you are injured to the extent that you cannot return to work due to total disability from your work-related injuries, you are eligible for two-thirds of your average weekly wage at the time of your injury, payable for the remainder of your lifetime.

Can I be Fired for Filing a Workers’ Compensation Claim in Illinois?

No, you cannot be fired for filing a workers' comp claim. Workers are protected by the Illinois Workers Compensation Act from retaliation from employers. If you are fired for filing a work injury claim, you may have grounds for a legal suit against your employer.

However, many Illinois employees are at-will workers. This means that companies generally don't need a reason to terminate you and it can be tricky to determine the actual motivation for the firing.

If you have been injured at work and you’re concerned that your employer might retaliate by firing you, it’s a good idea to see a work injury lawyer in Chicago, IL as soon as possible to protect your legal rights.

How Long do I Have to File an Illinois Workers’ Compensation Case?

Under the Illinois law, you should notify your employer that you were injured, and your injury arose from your employment, as soon as possible but no later than 45 days. However, you then have three years to bring a workers' comp claim in Illinois.

There are some restrictions, so consulting an attorney is a good idea. Specifically, lawsuits must begin three years after the accident or two years after you last received compensation benefits, whichever is later.

If your injury becomes repetitive in nature (such as carpal tunnel syndrome), the statute of limitations may differ, so it is important to meet with a lawyer to clarify how much time you have to bring an action.

What Happens if There are Other Parties Responsible for My Workplace Accident in Addition to My Employer?

A third-party lawsuit can be filed against other parties that may be responsible for accidents that injure a worker.

For instance, it could  be that a manufacturer of a piece of construction equipment is liable for designing a piece of machinery that is defective.

The personal injury lawsuit must be filed against a negligent party that is neither your employer nor a fellow employee.

Third-party claims are not statutorily limited in the way that compensation claims are, allowing recovery of expenses and intangible damages, such as pain and suffering and disability, that may not be adequately accounted for under workers’ compensation law.

Our Chicago workers' compensation lawyers know how to evaluate your case with respect to a viable civil law, third-party claim. We encourage you to contact our law firm to discuss the possibility of pursuing a personal injury claim in addition to your workers' comp case.

Am I Covered by Workers Comp if I am Injured in a Chicago Car Accident While Working?

Yes, if you are hurt in a car accident while working, you have both a workers' comp case as well as a claim against the driver of the vehicle who caused the accident. Our law firm knows how to deal with insurance companies for both workers' comp and car accidents.

Call today to discuss your Chicago car accident case with our law office.

5 Things You Need to Know About Workers' Compensation in Chicago, IL

Navigating the ins and outs of workers' compensation claims can be tricky. Our experienced Chicago law office is familiar with these complexities, some of which we have detailed before for your convenience. The following key points are useful to know when dealing with workplace injuries.  

The no-fault system

The Illinois Workers' Compensation Act is a no-fault system, meaning that you can pursue a claim for workers' compensation benefits even if you are partially responsible for a workplace incident that caused your injuries.

Lost time benefits

If your injuries prevent you from working, and a treating physician deems that you have a temporary total disability (TTD) and are unable to perform your job, you can recover your lost wages. You are entitled to receive two-thirds of your average weekly wage through the duration of your temporary total disability.

If your medical condition prevents you from returning to your profession, the law also allows you the opportunity for vocational rehabilitation so you can safely work in another field. During the vocational rehabilitation period, you will continue to receive lost wages from your employers workers' compensation insurance.

Talk to a Chicago workers' compensation lawyer today to discuss getting you lost time / wage loss benefits.

Medical benefits

Your employer must pay for medical treatment related to your injury in a timely manner. This includes payment of medical bills and medical care related to doctors' visits, hospitalization, surgery, and physical therapy needed immediately following the workplace injury, as well as what is needed in the future.

Talk to a Chicago workers' compensation lawyer from our law firm today to discuss getting your medical benefits.

Lump-sum payment

When a work-related incident results in a permanent injury (referred to as permanent partial disability or 'PPD'), you are entitled to receive a lump-sum payment based on the extent of the permanency, the part of your body that was injured and how much money you were making at the time if the incident. The PPD amount is determined by a set schedule of injuries related to specific body parts set by the Illinois Workers’

Compensation Commission.

Let our Chicago workers' compensation lawyers help walk you through the lump-sum payment process. Call us for a free consultation.

Fatal injuries

In the case of a fatal work-related injury, the surviving spouse and children under 18 are entitled to file a claim under Illinois law. Depending on the date of the death and the decedent’s average  weekly wage at the time of his or her death, the family may recover ongoing death benefits payments or a lump-sum payment of up to $500,000.

What to Do If You Are Injured on the Job

Even though you are entitled to compensation after suffering a workplace injury, it is important to note that this benefit does not get paid automatically and could be denied for various reasons. Once you have received the necessary medical care and are in a stable condition, there is a process which must be followed, and it comprises two important steps.

1. Notify your employer

You need to let your employer know that you plan to file a workers’ compensation claim. We recommend you do this formally, in writing.

This notification should include the date, time, and place of your workplace accident, as well as details of any medical care you have already received. This notification must be issued within 45 days of the accident. There are some exceptions to this time-frame such as a slow-developing injury or injury due to radiation exposure.

2. Start the claims process with insurance

If your claim has been accepted, your employer should respond to your notification by providing you with a list of medical professionals that you can see for treatment, and then start the claims process with their insurance companies. If your claim is denied, your employer must provide you with written reasoning.

If you have more questions about action to take following a job-related injury, contact a workers' compensation lawyer in our office and we can discuss workers' comp options
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Contact Us for a Free Consultation and Let’s Get Started

If you are injured on the job, our team of experienced Chicago workers' compensation lawyers is committed to maximizing the value of your case. We understand the rights of injured workers and have experience with all types of workers' compensation cases.

Your workers' compensation attorney will do what it takes to secure the most favorable settlement under Illinois law. Contact us now for a free consultation with top-rated workers compensation attorneys today.

In the Covid-19 era, we offer telephone consultations and video conferencing with an experienced workers' comp attorney.

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Jonathan did a great job helping my family navigate through a lengthy lawsuit involving my grandmother's death in a nursing home. Through every step of the case, Jonathan kept my family informed of the progression of the case. Although our case eventually settled at a mediation, I really was impressed at how well prepared Jonathan was to take the case to trial. Lisa