In Illinois, you are entitled to receive certain workers’ compensation benefits for a work-related injury. These benefits may include Temporary Total Disability (TTD) payments. TTD payments are equal to two-thirds of your average weekly wage. Your employer or its workers’ compensation insurance company issues these payments in the event that your doctor has determined that you are unable to work because of your injury. TTD payments should continue to arrive until you are released back to work or you have reached maximum medical improvement. But if you still find yourself wondering “What happens if my workers’ compensation check is late?” let GWC explain how a workers’ compensation lawyer can help you.
Lawyers Can Help With Your Workers’ Compensation Check
Hiring a knowledgeable workers’ compensation attorney, such as those at GWC Injury Lawyers, can provide you with legal recourse when an insurance company is late with your TTD payments. If your workers’ compensation checks are not arriving on time, or not arriving at all, even though they are legally mandated, your attorney can file a petition with the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Commission for penalties and fees.
Remember, insurance companies want to pay out as little as possible on workers’ compensation claims. Filing for penalties and fees is a legal strategy that punishes an insurance company for acting in bad faith by denying or delaying your TTD benefits without a good reason. Such an action can motivate them to pay you the benefits you are owed in a timely manner so as not to incur additional expenses. Your attorney can also file for penalties if an insurance company unreasonably denies your medical care. If you are waiting on a procedure that your doctor has deemed medically necessary, there is a way to fight back.
Additionally, your workers’ compensation lawyer can file a trial motion for an immediate hearing, known as a 19(b) petition. This can get your case in front of an Arbitrator faster. Often the threat of a trial can motivate an insurance company to provide you with the benefits you are owed or offer a reasonable settlement for any permanent injuries you have suffered, if applicable. All of these actions cost an insurance company money, which is its primary concern. When your attorney makes these moves on your behalf, it may help ensure that you receive your benefits when you need them most.
Make Sure Your Workers’ Compensation Check Is Never Late Again
“So what happens if my workers’ compensation check is late?” The answer is simple: You call GWC Injury Lawyers, one of the premier Workers’ Compensation and Personal Injury law firms in Illinois. Our veteran workers’ compensation attorneys have the legal tools necessary to make the insurance company provide your TTD payments on time and settle your claim fairly.
With more than $2 billion for our clients in verdicts and settlements, GWC has the experience necessary to get you the benefits you are owed under the law – so you owe it to yourself to contact us today.
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