Have you been injured on the job or suffered a work-related illness in Illinois?
Are you struggling to pay your medical expenses and other bills?
If so, you are entitled to workers’ compensation benefits under state law, and the experienced workers’ compensation attorneys at VanDerGinst Law are here to help.
Let our dedicated team zealously advocate for your rights to compensation after a workplace injury and win you the benefits you deserve for your claims.
How Does Workers’ Compensation Work?
Under Illinois law, almost any worker who is injured on the job is entitled to certain payment and benefits in exchange for waiving the right to sue their employer for the injuries. Considered a “no fault” system, the employee injured does not need to prove fault or negligence in order to collect workers’ compensation, merely that the injury occurred while the employee was on the job.
While this seems like a straightforward system, employers and insurance companies still constantly attempt to block an employee’s attempts to collect the workers’ compensation benefits they are entitled to after an injury. When this happens, you need an experienced Illinois workers’ compensation attorney to represent your best interests and advocate for the benefits you need.
Workers’ Compensation Benefits You are Entitled To
The Illinois Workers’ Compensation Act entitles workers who are injured on the job or suffer a workplace-related illness certain benefits while they recover from their injuries.
These benefits include the coverage of medical expenses, choice of doctors, partial permanent disability payments, total permanent disability payments, temporary total disability, wage loss differentials, vocational retraining, and survivor benefits in the worst cases of workplace accidents where an employee loses their life on the job.
To learn more about what benefits you qualify for, call or contact our experienced workers’ compensation attorneys today.
What Should You Do If You are Injured on the Job?
If you are injured on the job, the first and more important thing to do is seek medical attention. Even if you believe that your injuries are minor, seeing a doctor is critical to your personal wellbeing and the future success of a workers’ compensation claim.
Seeking medical attention right after an injury creates contemporaneous documentation about your accident and the injuries you suffered while on the job. In addition, some serious injuries such as internal trauma may not present symptoms right away but still require immediate medical attention.
The next thing you need to do after a worksite injury is to inform your employer of the accident. This is a requirement under the law and will trigger certain benefits for you as an injured employee.
Finally, you should talk to an attorney about your case to ensure that you are receiving the full compensation you deserve under workers’ compensation laws and to address any issues that may come up in the adjudication of your case.
Call or Contact the Office Today
If you wish to speak with an experienced Illinois workers’ compensation attorney about your case, call or contact VanDerGinst Law today to schedule a free appointment with one of our lawyers to learn more about your legal options.