Answers To Common Illinois Workers’ Compensation FAQ
Is it necessary to work with a lawyer for a workers’ compensation claim?
Workers’ compensation claims can be challenging. Most insurance companies have large legal teams whose main goal is to protect the company’s welfare, not yours. It is not uncommon to be offered a lowball compensation by the insurance company, in hopes that you will settle and go away. Attorneys experienced in on-the-job injuries are up to date on the latest laws and can strive to help seek maximum compensation. A highly knowledgeable workers’ comp lawyer knows the rules and can anticipate the other side’s moves. A diligent attorney can help protect your rights and strive to recover the maximum damages you deserve.
What should I do after a work-related injury?
First, notify your manager or other designated, work injury personnel about the accident or injury, either in writing or verbally. Describe the part of your body harmed and the details to what happened. The Illinois Workers’ Compensation Act indicates you have 45 days to report if you are injured at work; after that time frame, your claim will be denied. Always take any injury seriously. Many injuries escalate to ongoing health issues that can result in thousands of dollars in medical and rehabilitation expenses. Come and talk with me, attorney Brad L. Badgley, in my Belleville practice to find out how I can help.
Should I sue my employer or apply for workers’ comp benefits?
You are entitled to file a workman’s compensation claim if your injury is work-related, no matter who is at fault. Workers’ compensation provides compensation for medical bills and lost wages under Illinois’ workers’ compensation law. You may receive these compensations immediately, without waiting for a lengthy lawsuit to conclude. You may also be able to recover lost salary and obtain disability benefits if you can no longer work due to your injury or illness.
What can you recover when a loved one dies in a workplace accident?
If a loved one loses their life due to a workplace accident, you and your family can collect death benefits such as burial and survivors benefits. Burial benefits can help cover funeral costs or memorial services, while survivors benefits compensate for a portion of the income lost due to the death. Workers’ comp death benefits typically provide for a surviving spouse until he or she remarries and for dependent children until they reach age 18.
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If you incur an injury or illness due to your employment, inform your employer immediately. Then call my law firm in Belleville for a free review of your claim. I have successfully represented employees in a variety of workplace injury claims and can help reduce the stress of the legal end of things.