Workers’ compensation benefits are awarded to employees who are injured on the job. Illinois law states that an injured worker does not have to prove negligence on the part of their employer or a co-worker. They simply have to prove that their injuries were sustained while working and that their job duties were the cause of the injury. Even if the worker caused his own injuries, he can still qualify for workers’ compensation benefits.
The employer should be notified within thirty days of any on the job injury sustained by an employee. If thirty days are allowed to pass with no employer notification, the injured worker risks losing his or her workers’ compensation benefits. Employees should report where, when and how the accident occurred in writing and keep a copy for themselves should issues arise later. It would be highly advisable as well to retain the legal counsel of a qualified Illinois workers’ compensation lawyer at this time.
There are a few different kinds of benefits that you may receive in a workers’ compensation injury claim. Depending on the severity of the injury and whether or not it leaves the worker partially or permanently disabled, he or she may be placed on Temporary Partial Disability, Temporary Total Disability, Permanent Partial Disability or Permanent Total Disability. The amount that an injured worker is paid depends on a number of factors that an experienced Illinois attorney will be able to explain in full.
Your employer has the right to send you to a physician of their choice, however, in the case of an emergency, you may be able to choose your own doctor. Keep in mind that your employer pays for workers’ comp insurance and is responsible for payments made to the hospital and the physician that sees you. It’s best to get a second opinion from an independent medical professional as your employer’s chosen physician is paid by an insurance company. Some injuries may be minimized in an effort to reduce the pay out that you receive and get you back to work as soon as possible. If your injuries are not assessed properly, you could face further harm.
If you or a loved one has been injured while on the job, you have legal rights in the state of Illinois. The law states that employers must carry workers’ compensation insurance should an employee become hurt or ill due to the kind of work they do. However, in some cases, the workers’ compensation benefits may not cover the injuries that a worker sustains. Experienced and aggressive workers’ compensation attorney E. Ryan Bradley can help you understand your rights and earn you the compensation you deserve for your injuries. Some employers may try to place profits before the safety of their employees and innocent, hard working people get hurt in the process. To learn more, call today at 312.252.1488 for a free and confidential consultation.