Created in 1912, worker’s compensation is a system of benefits provided to workers who have suffered from job-related injuries or diseases. If you or a loved one has been injured on the job, then hiring a personal injury lawyer may be your best bet. Before you schedule a consultation, check out this overview of what you should know about your legal options.
What is Covered?
Nearly every Illinois employee is covered by the Worker's Compensation Act from the moment they begin their jobs. In most cases, the law covers injuries that are caused, in whole or in part, by the employee’s job requirements. This includes:
- Conditions caused by the repetitive use of a body part.
- Injury caused by dangerous or faulty machinery.
- Stroke, heart attack, or other physical conditions caused by work.
- Pre-existing conditions that are aggravated by job duties.
The law provides several benefits for those who qualify for worker’s compensation, such as:
- Required medical care.
- Temporary total disability while recovering from an injury.
- Temporary partial disability while recovering, but working on light duty.
- Vocational rehabilitation.
- Permanent partial disability for individuals who sustain a permanent disfigurement or disability but can still work.
- Permanent total disability for individuals who can no longer work.
Applying for Worker’s Compensation Benefits
Once you have given your employer a written notice describing the incident or injury, you’ll need to file a claim with the Illinois Worker’s Compensation Commission. This requires you to file three copies of the Application for Adjustment of Claim, along with a Proof of Service showing that a copy was given to your employer. It is important to file your claim within three years of the incident, otherwise you may lose your right to claim future benefits.
Whether you’ve been denied worker’s compensation benefits or you’re just starting the application process, it is important to have the best personal injury attorney by your side. Let our personal injury lawyers with Malman Law defend your right to worker’s compensation benefits—after all, it’s what we do best.
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