If you have been hurt while performing the duties of your job in Chicago, you may be unable to work because of your injuries, you may find yourself overwhelmed with workers’ compensation forms, or you may not be able to make ends meet because your benefits have stopped. Whatever your situation, consider seeking out the help of GWC Injury Lawyers. For over forty years, GWC has been aggressively defending the rights of hardworking Chicagoans who have been injured on the job by helping them navigate the complicated workers’ compensation claims process.
After your workplace accident, you and your family may have a lot of questions. Our workers’ compensation attorneys know the labor laws in Chicago, and we understand what you are going through. GWC has spent decades handling some of Chicago’s toughest workplace accident claims, and we know every aspect of the state’s workers’ compensation system. To schedule a no-cost, no-obligation consultation with a Chicago workers’ compensation lawyer, call us at (312) 464-1234 or click here to chat with a representative at any time.
When Should I Hire a Workers’ Compensation Attorney?
Nobody expects to be hurt at work. While many people may have heard of workers’ compensation, often they do not realize just how difficult it can be to obtain benefits. Workers who have been injured on the job need to know their legal rights and responsibilities, as well as those of the other involved parties, such as their employers and their employers’ insurance carriers. A knowledgeable workers’ compensation lawyer can help guide you through the claims process, so it is important to reach out to one as quickly as you can.
How Long Do I Have to Report a Work Injury?
You must notify your employer of your work injury or illness as soon as possible. Any delay in notification may jeopardize your ability to receive benefits. This notice may be given orally or in writing. You may also file a formal claim with the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Commission (IWCC).
In Illinois, you are required to inform a boss, a foreman, or some other person acting in a supervisory capacity within 45 days of your work injury. Failure to properly report your injury within this 45-day window can result in your case being disputed or denied by your employer, and any benefits to which you may otherwise have been entitled could be lost forever.
Please note that there may be exceptions to this window, particularly in cases in which you are injured not in one single accident, but rather by repetitive trauma over time. In this scenario, the date of the injury would be the point in time that a reasonable person would have become aware of the causal relationship between the fact of the injury and his or her employment. You would, therefore, have 45 days from that date to report your work injury.
But just because you have 45 days to report your injury does not mean that you should wait that long to do so. Ideally, you should inform your employer about any accident that occurs at work the very same day that it happens. The longer you wait to report an accident or injury, the easier it may be for your employer to dispute or deny your workers’ compensation claim. An experienced Chicago workers’ compensation attorney can help guide you through this process to ensure that your rights are protected.
How Long Do I Have to File a Workers’ Compensation Claim with the IWCC?
The statute of limitations for filing a workers’ compensation claim with the IWCC is three years, although certain conditions are specified in the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Act. However, you should not delay and act as fast as possible to preserve your rights, something about which a good workers’ compensation lawyer in Chicago can advise you.
What Workers’ Compensation Benefits Can I Receive?
Generally, there are three main benefits that are potentially available for injured workers under the Illinois workers’ compensation system:
- Medical Benefits – Payment for reasonable and necessary medical treatment that relates to your work injury, covered 100 percent by your employer or its workers’ compensation insurance carrier.
- TTD (Temporary Total Disability) Benefits – Weekly payments issued by your employer or its workers’ compensation insurance carrier in the event that your doctor has stated that you are unable to work because of your injury.
- PPD (Permanent Partial Disability) Benefits – Compensation for the permanent nature of a work injury based upon the body part injured, paid either as a lump sum or in installments as part of a structured settlement.
What Other Benefits Could I Receive for My Work Injury?
You may be entitled to group health insurance benefits, unemployment compensation, and Social Security and disability benefits, depending on your circumstances.
If you need to change professions because of physical limitations, you may also be entitled to vocational training at the expense of the employer or its workers’ compensation insurance carrier.
If the on-the-job injury results in the death of a worker, the spouse and/or the dependents of that worker may be entitled to certain benefits that are specified by the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Act.
For a fuller understanding of your potential benefits, contact an experienced workers’ compensation lawyer in Chicago.
Who Pays for My Workers’ Compensation Benefits?
Either your employer directly or your employer’s workers’ compensation insurance company should pay for your benefits.
How Do Workers’ Compensation Attorneys Get Paid?
Our Chicago workers’ compensation lawyers work on a contingency fee basis. This means that legal fees and other case-related expenses will only be due if we win your case. When you contact GWC and request a free case evaluation, there is truly no obligation and you will pay us nothing unless you win.
GWC Is On Your Side for All Work Injuries
Every Chicago workers’ compensation attorney knows that workers’ compensation settlements are crucial to recovery because workplace injuries can be severe, sometimes resulting in long-term, permanent disability. With over four decades in practice, GWC can provide injured workers with the reassurance and reliability that only experience can bring. On-the-job injuries in Chicago can take many forms, including the following:
- Construction Accidents
- Car Crashes
- Heavy Lifting Injuries
- Machinery Malfunctions
- Repetitive Stress
- Exposure to Asbestos
- Exposure to Chemicals or Fumes
- Exposure to Toxic Materials
- Exposure to Diseases
- Hearing and Vision Loss
- Hospital Workplace Injuries
Contact a Workers’ Compensation Lawyer to Help With Your Benefits
It does not matter where you are in your workers’ compensation process – whether you have recently suffered an on-the-job injury or whether you just had your workers’ compensation claim denied. Even if you only suspect your pain or illness is from a workplace accident, a continuous motion task, or exposure to dangerous materials, contact the Chicago workers’ compensation attorneys at GWC today. We will conduct a free evaluation of your work injury and advise you of the best plan of action.
At GWC, we work as hard as we can on your behalf so that you can focus on the most important thing – getting well again. So if you were injured at work, call our office at (312) 464-1234 or click here to schedule a free, no-obligation consultation with a Chicago workers’ compensation lawyer.
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