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On behalf of Jeffrey Frederick of Frederick & Hagle posted in Workers’ Compensation on Thursday, April 14, 2016.

Some people may be under the impression that workers’ compensation benefits are only available to workers who have been injured in a serious accident. This belief might be common in Illinois, but it is certainly not accurate. Whether through repetitive trauma, continuous back strains or other ongoing action, workers’ compensation can help injured employees get the care they need.

Workers’ compensation is often essential for injured employees. Income replacement benefits help prevent victims from returning to work too soon. When injured workers are able to focus on their recovery rather than how to meet their family’s daily needs, they can wait until fully recovered to return to work, thus reducing their risk of a repeat or further injury.

Unfortunately, achieving workers’ compensation is not always as straightforward as it should be. While Illinois is required by federal law to supply workers’ compensation insurance to all employees, the system is not necessarily fair. Insurance carriers and employers have greater weight when it comes to workers’ compensation and are often eager to prevent injured workers from achieving those benefits. This can be especially difficult for victims who are the sole breadwinners of their households, although the imbalanced system is not truly beneficial for any worker.

We firmly believe that each and every worker who has been injured while on the job has the right to secure necessary workers’ compensation benefits. Recovery from serious injuries is rarely an easy process, and the associated medical bills can be overwhelming. Our firm has proudly guided many of our Illinois clients through the process of filing for workers’ compensation benefits, and we continue to commit our knowledge and experience to the injured workers of Illinois.

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