Determined Chicago Attorneys Seek Justice for Injured Workers
Responsive Illinois lawyers assist injured employees in workers’ compensation matters
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 a variety of workers’ compensation issues. Having handled these cases since 1991, we have dealt with a full range of issues and injuries, and can quickly assess the merits of your claim.
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. Illinois employers, with very limited exceptions, 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) was liable for the incident. Claims are frequently rejected, so working with a knowledgeable attorney is crucial. We have decades of experience in workers’ compensation law and know how to overcome rejections and denials of coverage.
When and how do you file a claim?
You should seek medical attention as soon as possible any time you sustain an injury or illness at work and report the incident to your employer promptly. You have 45 days to submit a report and failure to do so can result in your claim being denied. Keeping detailed records of your medical treatment and how your injuries are impacting your life can strengthen your case. Your employer may have their own process for submitting a claim, so it is important to verify and follow any specific requirements. 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 evaluated.
Will your wages or salary be paid while you are recovering?
Injured employees who are unable to 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 prior to 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.
What happens if you cannot return to your previous job?
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, which consists of job retraining, assisted job searches and job counseling. Receiving this benefit helps to ensure you can reenter the job market and obtain employment that is 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
At The Law Office of Raymond L. Asher, Ltd, we are dedicated to pursuing fair compensation for injured workers and represent clients throughout Chicagoland and Downstate Illinois in workers’ compensation matters. Call 312-322-0001 or contact us online to schedule a free consultation and learn how we can help you. Our office is in Chicago.