Illinois Workers Compensation | It is the law, and it protects workers!
So why would you want or need a workers’ compensation lawyer? Let’s look at it this way. If your car were hit by another driver’s car you wouldn’t hesitate to use your insurance and put through a claim for compensation to return things to normal, workman’s compensation insurance is the same thing. It is there to get things back to normal as soon as possible for you and for your employer – its insurance, and we should all feel as comfortable with these insurance claims as we do with our car or health insurance claims.
Let’s see if we can break some of the stigma around illness or injury that affects your ability to work and improve knowledge of how our Illinois Workers Compensation Insurance program works for you and your employer, and what this insurance program really is.
A workers’ compensation lawyer can get you financial compensation if you’ve been injured or become ill because of your job. One of our highly qualified Chicago based workers’ compensation lawyers can make SURE you get the benefits you are entitled to.
There are a lot of people who are not clear about what workers’ compensation is, how it works, what it does, or if they qualify for it.
So, here are some important details about workers’ compensation that everyone needs to know:
- It pays for the entire medical costs of job-related injuries and diseases.
- It covers nearly every employee in Illinois (95%)
- Coverage starts from the moment a job begins.
- It is required by law in the State of Illinois by all employers.
So, whether it’s your first day or your 500th day on the job, if you have a job-related injury, you have a 95% chance that you are covered by workers’ compensation.
Yes, if your company came from out of state, we have a workers’ compensation lawyer that can help you too.
If you have been hired by an out-of-state company to do work within the state of Illinois, and that company conducts business with its employees in Illinois, i.e., then they must provide a workers’ compensation insurance policy for those workers.
Likewise, if an employee from that out-of-state company came to Illinois to work and is injured doing work in Illinois, they need to file their claim in Illinois.
Filing a workers’ compensation claim can feel confusing and overwhelming, especially when you’re trying to recover from a work-related injury or illness.
Illinois Workers’ Compensation FAQs
When Should I Hire A Lawyer?
More complicated cases, such as a chronic respiratory condition or degenerative disc disease, surgery claims; herniated disc injuries; repetitive trauma cases; are best handled by an experienced workers compensation lawyer to ensure you receive all the benefits/compensation to which you are entitled.
If you are facing any of these situations, we strongly recommend talking with a workers’ compensation attorney:
- Your employer denies your claim.
- You don’t receive your benefits in a timely manner.
- You have a pre-existing medical condition.
- Your injuries/illness prevents you from returning to work or from working altogether.
- Your employer retaliates against you for filing a workers’ comp claim.
- You receive SSD benefits (Social Security could be entitled to a large part of your benefits if your workers’ comp claim isn’t organized properly)
Workers’ comp law is far from a black-and-white matter. In many cases, the employer or their insurer will dispute the extent of the afflicted worker’s disability and/or refuse to pay for medical expenses or Temporary Total Disability payments.
To get all the benefits to which you are legally entitled, you should have an attorney in your corner who is well versed in these kinds of cases.
Since 1996, Shuman Legal, an experienced workers’ compensation law firm has been helping victims of workplace accidents throughout the State of Illinois, including the Greater Chicago area and surrounding communities to successfully navigate the complexities of the legal process.