Chicago Workers Compensation Lawyers | We’re Here to Protect You!
A workers compensation lawyer is a lawyer who specializes in workers compensation law. So why should you want a Chicago 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. Workman’s compensation insurance is the same thing. Your employer has an insurance policy they pay for that’s there in case you get hurt at work.
It’s there to get things back to normal as soon as possible – it’s insurance, and you should feel as comfortable with these insurance claims as we do with our car or health insurance claims.
Every single state has different workers compensation laws and they’re complicated. Not all personal injury attorneys take workers compensation cases because of that. It takes a real Illinois Workers compensation attorney to know the specific laws in Illinois, how it works, what it does, or if you even qualify for compensation. 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 to.
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 from 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 to, 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 in 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.
Workers’ Compensation Appeals
If you disagree with a decision made about your workers’ compensation claim, you have the right to appeal. The first step is to request a hearing within one year of the date of the decision you are appealing. You will then appear before a Workers’ Compensation Judge, who will hear testimony from both you and your employer or their insurance company. After the hearing, the judge will issue a written decision.
Workers’ Compensation Benefits
If you are injured at work, you may be eligible for workers’ compensation benefits. These benefits can include medical expenses, income replacement, and death benefits. To get these benefits, you must first notify your employer of your injury and then file a claim with the workers’ compensation insurance company.
Workers’ Compensation Fraud
Workers’ compensation fraud is a serious problem in the United States. Every year, billions of dollars are lost to fraudsters who exploit the system. Workers’ compensation fraud occurs when someone deliberately misrepresents themselves or their injuries to receive benefits they are not entitled to. This type of fraud not only costs employers and insurance companies billions of dollars but also drives up the cost of workers’ compensation insurance for everyone.
Fraudulent claims cost the US economy billions of dollars every year, and workers’ compensation fraud is a major contributor to this problem. To combat this issue, it is important for employers and insurance companies to be aware of the signs of fraud and to investigate any suspicious claims.
There are many dangers in the workplace that can lead to injuries. Some of these dangers are obvious, such as working with heavy machinery or being exposed to hazardous materials. Others are not so obvious, such as sitting at a desk all day or using a laptop computer.
The best way to prevent workplace injuries is to be aware of the dangers and take precautions. If you work with heavy machinery, make sure you know how to use it safely. If you are exposed to hazardous materials, wear the proper protective gear. If you sit at a desk all day, take breaks to stretch and move around. If you use a laptop computer, use a separate keyboard and mouse to avoid strain on your wrists and arms. By taking these precautions, you can help prevent workplace injuries.
Workers’ Compensation Points of Interest
- If you have been hurt while working in Chicago, you may be able to get workers’ compensation benefits.
- These benefits could include payment for medical bills, Temporary Total Disability, and Permanent Partial Disability.
- You must notify your employer of your work injury as soon as possible to be eligible for benefits.
- Workers’ compensation lawyers typically work on a contingency fee basis, which means you won’t have to pay anything unless you win your case.
- Shuman Legal® has been helping injured workers in Chicago for over 35 years.
Illinois Workers’ Compensation FAQs
What is workers' compensation?
Workers’ compensation is a system in the United States and many other countries that provide benefits to workers who are injured or who contract an illness at work. The program is usually administered by state governments as part of social welfare programs.
What are the benefits of workers' compensation?
Workers’ compensation benefits help workers by providing them with income while they are unable to work, and by covering the costs of their medical care.
Who is eligible for workers' compensation?
To be eligible for workers’ compensation, an employee must have been injured while performing their job duties. The injury must be severe enough to prevent the employee from being able to work.
How do I file a workers' compensation claim?
If you have been injured at work, you may be entitled to workers’ compensation benefits. You should notify your employer as soon as possible after the injury occurs. Your employer will then provide you with the necessary forms to file a claim.
What are the deadlines for filing a workers' compensation claim?
The deadlines for filing a workers’ compensation claim vary from state to state, but you must file a claim within a certain period of time after sustaining an injury at work.
What are the consequences of not filing a workers' compensation claim?
If you do not file a workers’ compensation claim, you may be ineligible for benefits. You may also be unable to sue your employer for your injuries.
How does workers' compensation affect my employment?
If your workplace offers workers’ compensation, it is required by law. Workers’ compensation is a system of insurance that provides benefits to employees who are injured or become ill because of their job. Benefits can include medical expenses, income replacement, and death benefits. Workers’ compensation can affect your employment if you are injured on the job and are unable to work.
What are my rights under workers' compensation?
Workers’ compensation is typically mandatory in most states, meaning employers must provide coverage for their employees. Employees are typically not required to contribute to the cost of workers’ compensation insurance.
Whom do I contact for more information about workers' compensation?
The best person to contact for more information about workers’ compensation would be your employer. They should be able to tell you what your options are and how to file a claim. You can also contact your state’s workers’ compensation board or department for more information.