Each year there are upwards of 250,000 workplace injuries reported across Illinois. When an employee is injured on the job, the workers’ compensation system is designed to provide health care and other benefits. Workers’ Compensation generally operates as a “no-fault” system, meaning benefits are paid without regard to who is responsible for the employee’s injury.
If you are injured at work or in the course of performing your job, you need to promptly inform your employer. This can be something as informal as telling your supervisor or filing a written report with human resources. The important thing is that you give your employer some notice of the date and place of your accident, at least to the best of your recollection.
Once your give notice, the employer is responsible for making sure you promptly receive medical care for your injury. Employers in Western Springs and throughout Illinois are legally required to carry workers’ compensation insurance. The employer or insurance carrier will pay for any medical care “reasonably necessary” to treat the employee’s injury, which may include emergency care, surgery, physical therapy, prescription drugs, and so forth.
If you are medically unable to return to work for more than three days following a workplace injury, you are also entitled to “temporary total disability” (TTD) benefits. This compensates you for lost wages. TTD benefits are usually two-thirds (66 and 2/3 percent) of your average weekly wage.
Although many workers’ compensation claims are paid by the employer without challenge, there are cases where the employer and employee disagree over the validity of a claim or the extent of the employees’ injuries. For example, an employer may argue an employee’s injury was not work-related..
The Illinois Workers’ Compensation Commission settles disputes between employers and employees. The Commission assigns an arbitrator to hear cases. This process is not always quick. This can be a complicated and time-consuming process. As with any legal matter, it is never a good idea to represent yourself. Your employer and its insurance company have lawyers working to protect their interests. You should have the same.
A Western Springs workers’ compensation lawyer can assist you in filing a claim and managing your case should it require arbitration or additional court proceedings. Contact the Law Offices of Thomas A. Morrissey today at (708) 352-3790 if you need to speak with an experienced workers’ compensation attorney who can help you fight for the compensation you deserve.
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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