Advocates For Injured Workers

Responsive, Professional And Caring Illinois Workers’ Compensation Lawyers

At The Law Office of Raymond L. Asher, Ltd, in Chicago, we know how complicated it can be for injured workers to get adequate benefits and represent clients throughout Chicagoland and Downstate Illinois in various workers’ compensation issues. For nearly four decades, we have dealt with a full range of issues and injuries, and can quickly assess the merits of your claim. We’ve handled countless complex workers’ compensation claims from those working in cubicles and on job sites. Our attorneys previously represented corporations on the other side of workers’ comp claims, giving us unique experience and our clients a competitive advantage when seeking benefits.

What Is The Purpose Of Workers’ Compensation?

Workers’ compensation is meant to simplify the process of getting financial support to employees injured on the job. With very limited exceptions, Illinois employers are required to purchase workers’ compensation insurance. The tradeoff for this streamlined process is that employees have no right to sue an employer for compensation and are limited to the benefits provided under the policy unless a third party (not the employer or a co-worker) is liable for the incident. Claims are frequently rejected, so working with a knowledgeable attorney is crucial.

We have nearly 40 years of experience in workers’ compensation law and know how to overcome rejections and denials of coverage.

When And How To File A Claim

You should seek medical attention as soon as possible when you sustain an injury or illness at work and promptly report the incident to your employer. You have 45 days to submit a report; failure to do so can result in your claim being denied. Keeping detailed records of your medical treatment and how your injuries impact your life can strengthen your case. Your employer may have their own process for submitting a claim, so verifying and following any specific requirements is important. Having an attorney in these situations can significantly increase your chances of getting a claim approved, and we will work to see that your case is processed efficiently and fairly.

What You Can Get From Workers’ Comp Benefits

Injured employees who cannot return to work right away can qualify for temporary disability benefits that cover a portion of their wages or salary — generally, two-thirds of pay received before the injury (subject to weekly state maximums calculated every six months). This amount is paid until the injured employee can resume working or reaches maximum medical improvement.

If an injury causes permanent total disability, in which no type of work is an option, benefits are typically paid until you reach age 65. In the case of partial permanent disability, the payout of benefits is calculated according to the body part affected. Negotiations over benefits for lost wages and salary are complex and frequently contentious, and we will fight to get you the compensation you deserve. Whether you work remotely or engage in manual labor, we’re here to fight for your needs and rights.

What Can Happen If You Can’t Return To Work

If an employee’s injury makes it impossible for them to return to their previous job, the employer might be required to pay for vocational rehabilitation, including job retraining, assisted job searches and job counseling. Receiving this benefit helps ensure you can reenter the job market and obtain employment roughly equivalent to the work you performed before your injury. Employers are often reluctant to cover these expenses, but we will prepare a comprehensive argument to pursue the support you need to find a new position.

Contact A Proven Illinois Law Firm To Schedule A Free Initial Consultation

Have questions on workers’ comp? At The Law Office of Raymond L. Asher, Ltd, we are dedicated to pursuing fair compensation for injured workers and representing clients throughout Chicagoland and Downstate Illinois in workers’ compensation matters. Call 312-561-6752 or contact us online to schedule a free consultation and learn how we can help you. Our office is in Chicago.