If you have been injured while on the job, you undoubtedly understand the vast physical, emotional and financial burden that it can place on a person. Workers’ compensation benefits are intended to help Illinois workers who are unable to return to work or who have lost a significant amount of earning power in a workplace accident. However, while these benefits can help you, they also protect your employer from being sued by workers for negligence.
Workers’ compensation benefits are varied, and may be awarded in the form of temporary total or partial disability, permanent partial or total disability, necessary medical care, rehabilitation programs or even death benefits for certain family members. These benefits do not necessarily hinge on a company-provided doctor. As an employee, you have the right to attend a doctor of your own choosing for both evaluation and treatment.
As varied as workers’ comp is, those who qualify for it are employed across an even greater variety of fields. An employee who was injured in an office has just as much of a legal right to benefits as a construction worker who was hurt while on a construction site. While you are typically not able to sue an employer if you choose to file a workers’ compensation claim, you may pursue a lawsuit against a third-party tortfeasor while also receiving benefits.
Without workers’ compensation benefits, injured employees in Illinois might find that recovery would be exceptionally difficult. If you have been injured and believe that you qualify for workers’ comp benefits, or if you have been denied despite having suffered a serious injury, visit our page to read more. With years of experience in fighting for the legal rights of workers, we can help pursue the benefits that are necessary to your recovery.
Source: frederickandhagle.com, “Champaign Workers’ Compensation Lawyers“, , Sept. 5, 2014