If you were injured on the job, you could be eligible for workers’ compensation. To qualify, your injury must have occurred at work as a result of performing work-related duties. You must also be an employee of the company, not a volunteer or independent contractor (though under Illinois law, the definition of “employee” is very broad).
Likely, your injury incurred hefty medical expenses, including physician care, therapy, and medication costs. To get compensation for these expenses, contact the workers’ compensation lawyers at Hart & David as soon as possible. We have helped our clients get millions in workers’ compensation for their injuries, and our successful track record makes us the best lawyers to represent you.
Your Employer’s Duty to You
When you are injured or fall ill as a result of your job, your employer has the responsibility to provide the medical care you need. Think of it this way: your employment at the company was what led to your injury, so in a sense, they are responsible for that injury, and thus have a duty to compensate you for it.
Your employer or their insurance company may dispute whether the medical treatment you receive is necessary. This is where it pays to have an attorney on your side as well as a thorough evaluation from your doctor. When you see a doctor for your injury, be as specific as possible, and mention that the injury happened at work. This will help ensure that you have as much evidence as possible to hold your employer responsible for workers’ compensation.
You also have a right to see a doctor of your choice. Even if your employer or their insurance company refer you to their own doctor, you can see your own for treatment. It’s important to note, however, that you can only have up to two doctors covered, so choose wisely. Also, recent changes to the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Act may complicate things if your employer has a Preferred Provider Program.
Types of Expenses Covered
Medical expenses include a variety of costs, including the following:
- Doctors visits, including specialists to whom your doctor refers you for treatment
- Medical procedures, including surgery
- Prescription medication
- Rehabilitation costs, such as physical therapy or work rehabilitation
In the case of rehabilitation, you will need to consult with an attorney. That area of the law is very complex, so to make sure you get the compensation you deserve, involve the legal expertise of the skilled lawyers at Hart & David.
Getting Compensation for Medical Expenses
The process of getting workers’ compensation for your medical expenses begins with a report to your employer and a doctor’s examination. Be as specific as possible with your doctor about the circumstances surrounding your injury. This makes the process much simpler and increases your odds of getting maximum benefits.
After seeing your doctor, involve our workers’ compensation attorneys right away. Don’t make a statement to your employer or their insurance company, since that can be used against you. Instead, refer them to us for details on your injury.
Hart & David keeps your rights and well-being at the forefront as we seek compensation on your behalf. To learn more about how workers’ compensation can cover your medical expenses, contact our lawyers today for a free consultation.