For an average person who works eight hours a day, five days a week, you'll spend 40 hours a week at your job. That's hundreds of hours a year. It's not surprising, then, that hundreds of thousands of Americans suffer workplace injuries every year.
These injuries range in severity from minor to catastrophic. The good news is that the state of Illinois has a workers' compensation system that's designed to help injured employees afford the costs of medical treatment and other expenses.
The bad news is that the system doesn't always work the way it's supposed to work. Fortunately, our workers' compensation attorneys stand ready to help you pursue the benefits to which you're entitled.
If you need an experienced workers' compensation attorney in the Chicago, Illinois area, please call the Sklare Law Group today at (312) 471-7777 for a free consultation.
What to Know About Workers' Compensation
In most circumstances, a workplace injury is handled through workers' compensation. You won't be able to pursue additional compensation through a personal injury claim, but you do have access to benefits that are (theoretically, at least) paid out with less drama and difficulty.
Here's what you should know about Illinois' workers' compensation system:
- It's a no-fault system, which means that you won't be ineligible for benefits simply because you made a mistake. However, you might be ineligible for benefits if it's determined that you deliberately caused your injury.
- Workers' comp covers medical expenses, a portion of your weekly salary, permanent disability payments and, in tragic cases, death payments.
- The state's workers' compensation law contains protections against retribution. You cannot be fired, demoted or otherwise punished for filing a workers' compensation claim.
There is one more big fact you should know about workers' compensation: It doesn't always work the way it's supposed to. The system is supposed to protect victims like you, but too often, it's difficult for victims to receive the benefits to which they're entitled. Insurance companies and employers throw up road blocks, and employees don't know how to navigate them.
Contact Our Experienced Work Injury Lawyers
That's where we come. Our workers' compensation attorneys possess an encyclopedic knowledge of the laws governing Illinois' workers' compensation system. We know how to navigate this system. We know how to fill out the paperwork. And we know which documents needed to be submitted to support a claim.
Don't let yourself fall through the bureaucratic cracks. Let our attorneys work for you and represent your interests.
If you've suffered a workplace injury in the Chicago, Illinois area, please call the Sklare Law Group today at (312) 471-7777 for a free consultation.