If you are an employee who has been injured on the job, you may be entitled to receive workers’ compensation benefits. Under Illinois law, if you suffer a work-related injury you can make a claim for workers’ compensation benefits regardless of whether you are at fault for your own injuries. This means that it is often easier to obtain a recovery in a workers’ compensation case than in other personal injury cases, because you do not have to prove that your employer or another party caused your injury.
A Chicago workers’ compensation attorney can help you prepare your case and pursue the compensation you deserve. At Jackowiak Law Offices, our attorneys have been helping victims like you for more than twenty years. Call us today at 312-795-9595 to schedule a free and confidential consultation.
Benefits Available under the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Act
The Illinois Workers’ Compensation Act provides a number of benefits to employees who have suffered a job-related injury:
- Medical Expenses. If are injured on the job, your employer must pay for the medical care necessary to treat your condition. This means that your employer will be responsible for the expenses associated with your doctor visits, hospital care, surgeries, procedures, prescriptions, physical therapy, medical devices and other health care services you will need to recover from your injury.
- Temporary Total Disability. If your injuries temporarily prevent you from returning to your work or if your workplace is unable to accommodate your injury through light-duty work, your employer will typically be required to provide you with temporary total disability (TTD) benefits.
- Temporary Partial Disability. When you are recovering from an injury and are earning fewer wages than you normally would because you are only able to work in a light-duty position, you will generally be eligible to receive temporary partial disability (TPD) benefits from your employer.
- Vocational Rehabilitation/Maintenance. In the event that your injury prevents you from returning to your pre-injury job, your employer must typically pay for the costs associated with vocational rehabilitation services. You may also be entitled to receive maintenance benefits while you are participating in a vocational rehabilitation program.
- Permanent Partial Disability. Should you sustain the partial or complete loss or use of a body part, you may be entitled to receive permanent partial disability (PPD) benefits. Additionally, if you suffer a partial loss of the use of your body as a whole you may be able to collect PPD benefits.
- Permanent Total Disability. If you suffer from the permanent or complete loss of use of both of your hands, feet, arms, legs or eyes you may be entitled to permanent total disability (PTD) benefits. If your permanent or complete loss of use involves any two such body parts, such as one foot and one hand, you may also be able to receive the PTD benefit. Additionally, if your injury causes a complete disability and you are permanently unable to work in any kind of job, you will generally be eligible for PTD benefits.
- Death Benefits. Should a workplace injury or accident result in death, members of the deceased’s family, e.g., his or her spouse and children, may be eligible to collect death benefits.
Contact an Experienced Workers’ Compensation Attorney Today
If you or a loved one has been injured on the job, you may be entitled to benefits. The experienced attorneys at our firm have years of experience helping injured clients get the compensation you deserve. Call us today at 312-795-9595 to speak with a Chicago workers’ compensation attorney, or contact us online to schedule your free consultation.