When suffering a work injury in Chicago, Illinois, regardless of who is at fault, a worker is entitled to several benefits, such as reasonable medical treatment, disability pay, and compensation for his or her injuries. Your employer is required by law to carry workers’ compensation insurance to protect employees in the event of an accident. The work injury attorneys at Abels & Annes, P.C. in Chicago, IL routinely handle work injury cases and issues in workers compensation claims after an accident occurs. We help clients who are recently injured as well as those who have already been denied workers’ compensation benefits.
These benefits are supposed to be automatic for anyone injured on the job but unfortunately employers do not always take that approach. All too often, companies deny valid work injury claims. When that happens, employees can be left with untreated injuries or accumulating medical bills as well as lost wages. This is a good reason to contact a workers’ compensation lawyer to help you with your claim.
When another employee or company is at-fault for a work related injury, there may be a third party claim in addition to the workers’ compensation claim. For example, a delivery driver injured in an auto accident would have a workers’ compensation case, and they may also have a separate case against an at-fault third party who caused the auto accident. This can be a complicated case with numerous legal intricacies in each claim, making it more difficult than a standard workers’ compensation case.
A work injury entitles an employee to paid medical treatment as well as payment for the time they miss from work. In addition, a work injury may entitle an employee to a lump sum payment at the conclusion of a case. Medical bills are often submitted directly to the employer for payment but they are sometimes not paid, meaning that an employee or the employee’s lawyer will have to fight the insurance company to protect the employee’s rights. Additionally, payment for time off work can take one of several forms depending on the nature and degree of the injury. Temporary total disability (“TTD”) benefits are payments made while an employee is recovering from an on-the-job accident and while the employee is unable to work. Alternatively, permanent partial disability (“PPD”) benefits are payments made when the employee is able to work again but when the employee suffers permanent damages, limiting his or her ability to perform a job. Finally permanent total disability (“PTD”) benefits provide payment to an employee who can no longer work due to injuries sustained at work with these payments are designed to take the place of a weekly paycheck. Without contacting an attorney, it is unlikely that an employee will receive all the benefits and compensation that the law provides for them.
Remember, even if you were at fault in a work accident, you are still entitled to recover for your injuries. The Illinois Workers Compensation Act allows workers to recover for their injuries regardless of fault so do not hesitate to call us just because you believe you caused your work related accident.
While a work injury case may sound easy, there are many obstacles and pitfalls to a work injury claim. Some common issues that may come up can be:
- The insurance carrier denies or blocks some or all of your medical treatment;
- You have not received temporary total disability pay while off work; and/or
- The insurance carrier or employer claims your injury was not work related.
Another difficult issue is determining what your injury is worth and what amount to settle for. An insurance carrier could offer you money, and you would have no idea if the amount being offered is fair. Further, the settlement you are entitled to could consist of permanent partial disability, permanent total disability, a wage loss differential, and/or vocational training.
Often injured workers who fail to contact a personal injury lawyer never learn that they are entitled to a settlement, and they never receive any benefits beyond having their medical bills and temporary lost wages paid. Workers’ compensation insurance carriers routinely fail to advise injured workers of their settlement rights, hoping that the worker will not contact a work injury attorney and that the three year statute of limitations will lapse.Work Injury Case Settlements in Chicago
$330,000 - Work Injury Settlement. Petitioner required surgeries for both of his knees. Before settlement, attorneys secured payment of his medical bills and 33 months of disability pay for his time off work.
$195,000 - Chicago Workers Compensation Claim. Resolved case for a semi-truck driver who was injured while moving a refrigerator at work. He sustained a herniated disc in his lumbar spine. Beyond the final settlement, his medical bills were paid and he received over $28,000 disability pay for time off work.
$28,000 - Illinois Workers' Compensation Claim. Settled claim for a Waukegan woman who sustained a right arm injury while working as a pastry chef in Wilmette, Illinois. The claimant also received just under $10,000 in disability wages while off work, and her medical bills were paid.
$27,680.25 - Illinois Work Injury Settlement. Resolved case for a Com Ed meter reader who had surgery to fix bunion deformities on his feet. The bunions developed due to constant walking on the job. In addition to the settlement, his medical bills were paid and he received four months disability pay for time off work.
$25,000 - Workers' Compensation. A phone repairman injured his shoulder while lifting a heavy object at work. He suffered a small tear to his supraspinatus tendon that will not require surgery.
$45,000 - Workers' Compensation. Plaintiff lost his balance and fell off the back of a truck, injuring his back and left arm.Free Work Injury Case Consultation
If you have suffered a work injury in Chicago, Illinois, request a Free Work Injury Case Consultation or call (312) 924-7575 to speak with a work injury attorney now.