Have you been hurt while working on the job ?
Illinois law provides you with benefits that your employer and your employer's insurance carrier are not likely to tell you about ...
Job-related injuries can include loss of limbs or loss of strength, mobility, or the senses (vision, hearing, etc.). They can also include illnesses caused by exposure to dangerous substances in the workplace or by repetitive activity. These injuries may be permanent or temporary and may cause total or partial disability.
By state law, all employers in Illinois must carry insurance to pay for injuries incurred by employees while on the job. Federal law provides similar benefits for employees of federal agencies (including the military), as well as for railroad workers and longshoremen.
Under Illinois Law, a person who has been injured at work is generally entitled to three things:
1) 100% of their medical bills paid in full, no deductibles or co-pays;
2) TTD payments for the time they are Temporarily Totally Disabled from working. This is 2/3 of their Average Weekly Wage for the year preceding the injury;
3) Compensation for the extent to which they permanently partially disabled after the accident.
Depending on the circumstances and the nature and extent of the injury, these amounts can vary a great deal from case to case. No two cases are ever alike. If you have been injured at work, you would be wise to consult an attorney as early as a possible.
Most people simply want to have their medical bills paid, to receive the best medical care for their injuries, and to be treated fairly. I fight hard to make sure that my clients receive all benefits to which they are entitled. I aggressively pursue my client’s benefits for them. I lead them through the process to maximize their recovery.
Over the past 30 years, I have represented individuals in all walks of life. Many of my clients are working men and women who perform physical labor manufacturing products and providing services to the general public. Hard working men and women are sometimes very legitimately and seriously injured.
Unfortunately, employers and workers’ compensation insurance carriers will automatically suspect that an injured client is faking their injury or is looking for a way to get out of work. This is especially surprising because the injury takes place when they are at work.
Unfortunately, there is sometimes a stigma that surrounds filing a workers’ compensation and hiring an attorney. This perception sometimes prevents people from seeking treatment immediately for their injuries. Some employers practice intimidation and harassment, while others try to control the injured worker’s ability to receive medical treatment. As I always point out to my clients, your health and well being is the most important consideration you should have when you are injured at work. Regardless of your employment situation, you should always seek medical care as early as possible following an injury, whether it is caused by repetitive trauma or a single traumatic event or accident.
Most people who contact me hope that they will be treated fairly if they are injured at work. I'm sorry to say, it simply doesn't happen very often. I guess you can always hope for the best, but the more prudent will prepare for the worst.
After I left the Army, and before I became a lawyer, I worked in the steel mills in Joliet, manufactured and welded rail road cars in Chicago Heights, worked as a bartender and I even drove a taxi cab in the City of Chicago for a while. I understand what it means to work hard on a day-to-day basis and I know what it means to work a 12-hour shift on a production line. It takes everything one’s body can tolerate when you are young and healthy. It becomes increasingly difficult as you grow older. Injuries only add to the difficulties involved in performing manual physical labor.
My personal philosophy is to work as hard as I can for my client and to treat each client as I would like to be treated if I were in their shoes.