In Illinois, employees who are injured on the job have the right to high quality and fully paid medical care for a work related injury. An injured worker can receive Illinois workers' compensation benefits if they are injured in Illinois, hired in Illinois, or their employment is principally located in Illinois. If you work for an out of state company and are injured, you may be able to pursue Illinois benefits even if your employer or their insurance company tells you otherwise.
Illinois state law requires employers, or their insurance company, to compensate the injured employee for injuries or death that may occur while working. Almost everyone working in Illinois is covered by workers' compensation. The following is a list of available benefits that may be included in your employer's workers’ compensation plan:
- payment for reasonable and necessary medical expenses
- payment for lost wages while the employee is unable to work also known as TTD benefits
- compensation for diminished earning capacity
- compensation for total or partial disability to the body
- compensation for scarring due to the injury or disease
- rehabilitation costs and incidental expenses to enable the injured worker to return to employment
- payments for life if the employee is permanently unable to work
- payments to a surviving spouse, minor children or dependents if the injury or disease results in death
- payment of burial expenses in fatal cases
At the Chicago Law firm of Taxman, Pollock, Murray & Bekkerman, LLC, we handle all types of workers’ compensation claims, from fatalities to all injury claims. Injury claims that we handle include those involving amputations, fractures, spinal cord injuries, traumatic brain injuries, chemical and electrical burns, sprains, concussions, and lacerations. We also handle injuries that occur in office settings where repetitive stress injuries or toxic chemicals are handled.
Additionally, if you are injured at work and a third party other than your employer is to blame, you may have a separate lawsuit or claim known as a third party claim. A third party claim can be based on negligence, premises liability, product liability or other viable theories. A third party claim could entitle you to additional damages including past and future pain and suffering, past and future disability or loss of a normal life, and future lost wages. It is important that you have a lawyer experienced in these types of claims to determine if a third party case exists. The lawyers at the Chicago Law firm of Taxman, Pollock, Murray & Bekkerman, LLC, have vast experience handling both workers’ compensation and third party work claims and cases.
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