If your employment has resulted in an injury, you are owed workers’ compensation under Illinois law. However, to successfully navigate the process of recovering compensation for your injury, you need the experience and skill of a workers’ compensation lawyer. You might be entitled to more than your employer or their insurance company will tell you, so contact Hart & David prior to making your claim.
A Few Things to Know
Illinois law prevents you from suing your employer if you are injured on the job, which is why workers’ compensation exists. Through workers’ comp, your employer’s insurance company will pay out a certain amount to compensate for your injuries. The process is highly legal in nature, however, so it helps to be aware of a few things first:
The insurance company is not on your side: Your employer’s workers’ compensation insurance provider will be acting in its own best interests. This means they will try to limit the amount they have to pay out to you. As soon as you possibly can, contact our attorneys for guidance.
You must be an employee: Technically speaking, independent contractors and volunteers are not covered by workers’ compensation. However, the definition of “employee” is very broad under Illinois law, so even if your employer has mislabeled you as an independent contractor, you might be able to get compensation if you are legally an employee of the company.
You must have been injured because of your job: You must be able to prove that the injury occurred while you were performing tasks related to your work. The law is pretty broad in this area too, so even if you don’t think you have a claim, you should consult with an attorney anyway.
You have a choice of doctors: Under most circumstances, you have the right to see any doctor you please, even if you visited a company doctor for your initial evaluation.
Ultimately, Illinois law is on the side of employees when it comes to workers’ compensation. With the assistance of the skilled personal injury lawyers at Hart & David, you can recover large amounts in compensation.
The amount you get in compensation ultimately depends on the nature of your injury and how much it cost you. Compensation is calculated based on the following factors:
Medical expenses: Compensation should cover your medical expenses, including the costs of doctors visits and medication.
Partial permanent disability: This is complex and is based on reduced earning capacity as a permanent result of your injury.
Permanent total disability: If you are unable to work again due to a permanent disability resulting from your injury, you may be eligible for this type of compensation.
Temporary total disability: This is compensation for the hours you lost at work due to your injury while receiving medical care.
Our attorneys are highly experienced in workers’ compensation law and can help you get the most possible for your claim. Whether you have contracted an illness due to your work or have suffered a debilitating injury, our experienced attorneys will represent you. We have had a great deal of success in the past, obtaining millions for our clients, so contact Hart & David with your claim today.