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How We Handle Workers’ Compensation Injury Cases
What to do if injured on the job?
If you are injured on the job, you should immediately notify your employer of the accident and seek medical treatment. In order to obtain workers’ compensation benefits, you must provide documented medical information regarding your injuries. After you have received medical treatment, you should promptly file a workers’ compensation claim form with the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Commission (IWCC).
It is the responsibility of the injured employee, and not the employer, to file all necessary workers’ compensation forms and the experienced Illinois workers’ compensation attorneys at Minkow Domincan help you prepare and file the necessary Illinois workers’ compensation documents with the IWWC.
The amount of workers’ compensation benefits to which an injured employee is entitled depends on the type and severity of the injury. Illinois workers’ compensation laws generally provide that injured employees are entitled to:
- Two-thirds of lost wages for the period of time that the injured employee cannot work
- Medical expenses
- Vocational rehabilitation or job training
- Lump sum payment if injured employee cannot return to his or her former job.
Workers’ Compensation Benefits
Workers’ compensation benefits are paid by the employer’s insurance carrier. Often times insurance companies attempt to settle claims for workers’ compensation benefits quickly and for a reduced amount. Accordingly, it is important to consult with a knowledgeable Chicago workers’ compensation attorney to ensure that you receive the benefits that you are owed.
Workers’ compensation benefits are generally available for all types of workplace injuries, unless the workplace accident and resulting injuries occurred because the employee was intoxicated, using illegal drugs, or caused self-inflicted injuries. Workers’ compensation benefits may also be denied if the injuries were sustained during the commission of a crime or in violation of company policy.
Time is Limited
There are time limitations during which a claim for workers’ compensation benefits must be filed. In Illinois, a workers’ compensation claim must be filed within three years of the date the injury was sustained or within two years of the date the employee received their last workers’ compensation benefits. Under Illinois law, health care providers are prohibited from collecting on unpaid medical bills while a workers’ compensation claim is pending.