Illinois Workers Compensation | It’s 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’s there to get things back to normal as soon as possible for you and for your employer – it’s insurance, and we should all feel as comfortable with these insurance claims as we do with our car or health insurance claims.
Workers compensation laws are confusing and most people don’t know what workers’ compensation is, how it works, what it does, or if you even qualify for it. Watch the video below to see our founder, Marc Shuman, answer common Workers’ Comp questions.
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’re entitled to.
Whether it’s your first day (or your 500th day) on the job, if you have a job-related injury, there’s a 95% chance that you’re covered by workers’ compensation.
Here are some important legal 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’s required by law in the State of Illinois by all employers.
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 that you’re entitled.
If you are facing any of these situations, we strongly recommend talking with one of our workers’ compensation attorneys:
- 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 black-and-white and it changes dramatically state to state. 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 Workers’ Compensation benefits that you’re legally entitled, it’s VERY important that you have an attorney who knows these laws inside and out.
We have over 35 years of experience with Workers’ Comp cases in Illinois.
If you’ve 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.They have to provide a workers’ compensation insurance policy to cover you.
I was hired by on out of state company to work within Illinois. Am I covered by workers’ comp?
Yes, if your company came from out of state, we have a workers’ compensation lawyer that can help you too.
Likewise, if you’re an employee of an out-of-state company and came to Illinois to work and was injured doing work in Illinois, you need to file your 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. Let us help you!
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.
Illinois Workers’ Compensation FAQs