Have you or someone that you love been injured while at work and are looking for a legal solution to help you obtain compensation for those injuries?

For more than three decades, the workers’ compensation attorneys at GWC Injury Lawyers (GWC) have guided injury victims through the workers compensation process and have a proven track record of success. Our legal ability has resulted in our law firm being the first option for many Unions and trade associations throughout Illinois and has enabled us to become the largest personal injury law firm in Illinois.

Our Attorneys Will Litigate Until The End

In some cases, clients may want to settle early and accept the employers initial offers. However, having earned more than 30 years of experience from representing injured Illinois workers, we know that insurance companies, their agents and their lawyers will not act in our clients best interests.

We have successfully recovered more than $2 BILLION in compensation for our clients and have grown to be the largest personal injury law firm in Illinois.

For an advocate you can rely on, call the attorneys at GWC Injury Lawyers. We answer all of your questions about your injuries and help you assert your rights. Contact our attorneys online for your FREE consultation.

What Types of Injures Are Covered Under Workers Compensation?

Most people are very familiar with workplace injuries that include falls, cuts and bruises. However, it’s important to note that many of these injuries are the result of negligent employers that do not adhere to the strict work safety guidelines that are already established and outlined by the Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA).

Unfortunately, a significant amount of worker injuries could have been prevented had these laws been followed correctly.

With this in mind, the following work place injuries may be included under Workers’ Compensation:

  • Amputations
  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Traumatic brain injuries
  • Repetitive motion stress injuries
  • Broken bones
  • Back injuries
  • Wrist injuries including carpal tunnel
  • Neck or spine injuries
  • Cancer

For example, a welder who has been using a tool in a specific way for 20 years and who has a repetitive movement stress injury can apply for workers compensation benefits. This is called a work-related occupational injury.

Someone who has contracted cancer from handling dangerous or toxic chemicals may also apply for workers compensation benefits because the cancer would be a work-related occupational disease.

What Are the Different Types of Benefits?

There are several different types of workers compensation benefits and depending on the severity of your injury, a specific benefit will most likely be applicable in your case. At the law offices of GWC Injury Lawyers, we can help to explain these differences between these benefits and how they relate specifically to your claim.

Workers compensation benefits in Illinois include:

  • Medical benefits
    • 100% of reasonable medical expenses related to treatment for the work injury are often covered.
  • Temporary Total Disability benefits (TTD)
    • TTD benefits are bi-weekly checks that replace a portion of your lost wages. There is a specific formula that is used to calculate the amount of your checks. You will often receive to 2/3 of your average weekly wage. Your average weekly wage is to add up how much you made in the last 52 weeks and divide by 52
  • Death benefits
    • After a fatal work accident, the workers compensation laws in Illinois allow spouses, children and dependents of the fatally injured employee to apply for financial benefits.
  • Permanent Partial Disability Benefits (PPD)
    • When employees permanently lose a part of their body such as eye or an arm, or suffer serious disfigurement, they may be entitled to benefits, including:
      • Wage differential
      • Scheduled injury
      • Percentage of loss
      • Disfigurement
  • Vocational training
    • These are benefits that allow employees to attend school and receive training in preparation for jobs in new fields

How long your workers compensation case takes will depend on many different factors.

You can be sure that be retaining an attorney at the outset of your case will make a difference in both the length of the process and the amount of your settlement.

Why You Need A Workers Compensation Lawyer

There are many ways that an experienced workers compensation lawyer can make a difference in your case. For instance, an experienced workers compensation lawyer can ensure an employer does not retaliate against you.

Many employers who don’t want to cover your workers compensation benefits may attempt to retaliate against employees by firing them. If you have an attorney, your employer is far less likely to use illegal tactics to get rid of you.

Additionally, an attorney is useful in determining the true value of your claim. Experienced workers compensation lawyers know how to evaluate medical records, evaluate your earning potential and determine the true value of your claim.

Directions to our Peoria Office

GWC Injury Lawyers

4501 N. Sterling Avenue
Suite 102,
Peoria, IL 61615

Phone: (309) 587-8423

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With a proven track record of success and more than $2 BILLION in courtroom victories and negotiated settlements for our clients, we have grown into the largest personal injury and workers’ compensation law firm in the entire state.


Settlement – A sheet metal worker suffered significant injuries and was eventually placed on permanent sedentary work restrictions.

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