Workplace Accident Claims in Chicago
Injured On the Job? Learn More About Your Options.
If you have been hurt in an accident in the workplace, you are likely entitled
to claim benefits by filing a claim against your employer's workers'
compensation insurance policy. Except for rare cases, the vast majority
of businesses throughout Illinois are required to carry such coverage
when they have one or more employees. Workers' compensation benefits
can include reimbursement for any medical treatment that you will require,
as well as benefits to help replace the wages you lose during your recovery.
In the event that you have been left with a permanent partial or total
disability, you can continue to receive benefits. Death benefits are also
available to family members in cases of fatal workplace accidents.
While workers' compensation is a great program for injured workers,
this program does not cover all of the expenses that you may incur as
a result of this injury. When you work with an injury attorney, we can
help you examine the situation and determine whether or not additional
factors contributed to your accident, and recover financial damages on
your behalf. We offer
free consultations to start!
Overview of Workers' Compensation Benefits in Illinois
One of the major advantages of workers' compensation insurance in Illinois
is that it is a no-fault system. Unlike a personal injury or
wrongful death claim, where it is necessary to prove that the accident was caused by the
negligence of the defendant, workers' compensation benefits are available to
injured workers regardless of who is responsible.
You do not need to prove that your employer caused the accident, and you can even receive benefits if you were at fault for the accident
– provided that you were not willfully negligent, which could include
actions like coming to work drunk or high on drugs.
The major downside to a workers' compensation claim is that the benefits
it provides for lost wages are notoriously limited. The amount that you
can receive in disability benefits is generally restricted to two-thirds
of your average weekly wages, and the maximum that you could receive is
currently set at $1,320.03. Even if your claim is approved for the full
amount you deserve, you could still be left struggling to support yourself
and your family. Furthermore, it is not possible to use a workers'
compensation claim to recover non-economic damages for pain, suffering
and emotional distress.
Contact Duncan Law Group for a Free Case Evaluation
Chicago personal injury attorneys from Duncan Law Group may be able to help you pursue a claim against your
employer if they willfully concealed hazardous conditions in the workplace
or they are guilty of major violations of safety regulations. We could
also represent you in legal action against the manufacturer of a
defective product which caused or contributed to your work-related injury. You would be
able to seek additional damages through a third party claim, which would
be separate from your workers' comp claim. You should not hesitate
to contact our firm to learn more about your legal options.
If you have been injured in a workplace accident, you could be facing thousands
of dollars in medical bills and a significant loss of income. It is for
this reason that you shouldn't delay in exploring your options with
an experienced personal injury lawyer in Chicago. Depending on the cause
of your accident, you may be able to pursue a third party claim in addition
to seeking benefits through workers' compensation. Duncan Law Group has
recovered tens of millions of dollars in damages for past clients, and we are ready to do the same for you. Call now to
find how our award-winning legal team can assist you.