Thousands of Illinois workers are hurt on the job each year. Workers’ compensation provides medical and other benefits to these employees in a timely manner. There are multiple types of benefits potentially available to an employee based on the scope of their injuries and how long it takes them to recover.
An employee should promptly report any on-the-job injury to a supervisor. Once notified, the employer has a legal obligation to provide any necessary first aid or other appropriate medical services. Thereafter the employer must pay for all medical care “reasonably necessary” to treat the effects of the employee’s injury. This includes but is not limited to:
Illinois Workers compensation law allows an injured worker the choice of two physicians( along with any physicians those two physicians refer the worker to). It is important to maintain the “2 doctor rule” in proceeding with a workers compensation case, or the injured worker risks the court finding the treatment “unreasonable” and thus not covered under the law.
The employer may also attempt to challenge a given medical expense as “excessive” or “unnecessary” under a process known as a “utilization review.” The employee may challenge the employer’s findings by filing a claim with the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Commission. An arbitrator appointed by the Commission will consider the employer’s utilization review together with other evidence in determining whether an employee’s medical expense is covered under workers’ compensation.
In addition to medical care, workers’ compensation also provides a disability benefits to employees unable to immediately return to work following an injury. Temporary total disability (TTD) benefits are paid to replace an injured employee’s lost wages until he or she has returned to work or reached “maximum medical improvement” according to their health care provider. TTD benefits are generally two-thirds (66 and 2/3 percent) of the employee’s previous average weekly wage.
While many workers’ compensation cases are simple affairs, more complex cases, especially those involving disability benefits, may require filing a claim with the Workers’ Compensation Commission. That is not a step that an injured employee should take alone. There is often an enormous amount of records and legal materials that need to be assembled in a workers’ compensation case. A qualified Hodgkins workers’ compensation attorney can offer invaluable assistance with this and all other aspects of an employee’s claim. Contact the Law Offices of Thomas A. Morrissey today at (708) 352-3790 to speak with an attorney about your Workers’ Compensation case.
Thomas A. Morrissey is an experienced personal injury lawyer, trusted to protect the rights of those who have suffered an injury in the Chicagoland area.
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