Injured At Work? Put Our Attorneys To Work For You.
When an employee is injured or dies on the job, or suffers a disease related to the job, most state workers’ compensation laws provide that the employer or its workers’ compensation insurance carrier must provide the injured worker or surviving family with certain benefits. These benefits can include payment of all medical bills related to the accident, a percentage of the disabled worker’s wages while unable to work, prosthetic devices and even vocational rehabilitation. Regardless of whether a worker is ever able to return to work, the employee or surviving family is usually entitled to monetary compensation in addition to payment for medical bills and lost time payments.
If you are injured on the job, you should continue to receive money on a weekly or bi-weekly basis from your employer. At Armbruster, Dripps, Winterscheidt & Blotevogel, LLC, our vast experience in Illinois workers’ compensation law will ensure that you or your family receive every possible protection and benefit from the workers’ compensation laws.
No-Fault Insurance For Your Work-Related Injury Or Illness
In most states, employers must carry insurance to cover their liability to employees on the job. And when you make a workers’ compensation claim, the question of who caused the injury or illness is generally not an issue. The focus instead is on establishing that your injury or illness is work-related.
Unlike an automobile accident or any other personal injury scenario, you cannot sue your employer or its insurance company in court if you have a dispute about your employer’s responsibility. Instead, most states have set up administrative agencies to hold hearings to determine liability and what steps are necessary to treat your injuries or illness. However, you should explore the possibility that someone other than your employer might also be responsible for your injury or illness. Claims against third parties may not be limited by the workers’ compensation law.
Protecting Injured Workers And Their Families
As with many areas of the law, it may seem simple enough for you to handle your own workers’ compensation claim. In reality, the workers’ compensation system has many potential pitfalls that could reduce or completely eliminate your right to recover for your injuries. You need to be aware of:
- Requirements to give notice of the injury
- Time limits for submitting notice and claims
- Requirements for timely payment of benefits
- Your right to consult doctors of your choice
- Limits on the amount of compensation available
- Different types of disabilities
At Armbruster, Dripps, Winterscheidt & Blotevogel, LLC, we can help you determine how and when to present your claims for:
- Temporary total disability (TTD)
- Permanent partial disability (PPD)
- Permanent total disability (PTD)
- Death benefits
- Vocational rehabilitation
- Third-party liability
Your employer or its insurance company might want to talk with you and obtain a recorded statement while you are recovering from your injury or illness. It is usually not a good idea to talk to anyone about your medical condition except for your own doctors and attorney.
Your employer and its insurance company are interested only in minimizing your claim. We make sure your rights are fully protected and that you receive all of the treatment and benefits to which you are entitled.
- Still have questions? Visit our workers’ compensation FAQ page.
Discuss Your Legal Options With An Attorney For Free
The attorneys of Armbruster, Dripps, Winterscheidt & Blotevogel, LLC, have been protecting the rights of injured workers and their families for decades. If you or a family member has suffered an injury, become ill, or died because of a work-related condition or activity, call 855-748-6909, or contact ADWB online to schedule your free initial consultation.
We offer contingent fee agreements so you owe no attorney fees unless and until we recover compensation for you.