When you’re injured on the job, the sudden accident can be devastating. Your injuries can range from a minor sprain to a possible catastrophic injury. Recovering could range from a few weeks of treatment, to a few months, or to a lifetime of treatment. Covering the costs of your injuries out of pocket can be overwhelming and you may be wondering how you’re going to afford the care you need. Employees can get financial relief through workers’ compensation. However, the path to getting workers’ compensation benefits may not be easy. A Morris workers’ compensation lawyer from Schweickert Ganassin Krzak Rundio, LLP can help you get the benefits and compensation you need.
Illinois workers deserve to know there are people who will represent their best interests. We’ve helped countless workers get full and fair compensation under the Workers’ Compensation Act so they’re able to recover from their injuries in peace.
Our attorneys understand how dealing with claims can be confusing. Let’s take a closer look at workers’ compensation and how it can help you move past the accident that caused your injuries.
What Is Workers’ Compensation For?
There are a few ways someone can get injured on the job. Whether it’s a slip and fall accident or a falling object struck you, your injuries can be severe. If you’ve suffered a blow to the head, have broken bones, burn injuries, or hurt your spine, you’re going to need medical attention and the means to afford it, which is where workers’ compensation comes in.
Workers’ compensation is different in each state. Typically, workers’ compensation benefits are for when you’re injured on the job, no matter what party acted negligently. You may not have to prove negligence occurred to get benefits. However, if there was a third party that was negligent, this may tie into work injury claims.
Our lawyers are experienced in Illinois workers’ compensation law and know what rights you have. We can explain your rights to you so you fully understand the different aspects of workers’ compensation.
When you’re trying to stay on top of your bills and expenses, it can get overwhelming, especially when you take the work you’ve missed into account. In addition to recovering medical expenses, you can also recover a percentage of your lost wages. While those are the main ways you may be looking to recover, there are some other workers’ compensation rights you may not be aware of.
For example, when you’re injured on the job, you’ll need a medical professional to evaluate your injuries. You can find out the physicians that can assess your injuries and pick which one to see. They are meant to be impartial, so they give you an accurate health evaluation and you get a clear idea of your injuries and what you need to do to treat them.
Your medical assessment can show how your injuries were a direct result of the work accident and you need benefits to recover. Your attorney in Morris can help you make sure you’ve taken the right steps to sending a valid claim and filing an appropriate claim with the Illinois Industrial Commission to be sure that you get the compensation you are entitled to. However, the process may not always be that simple. In other cases, you may need an attorney to continue to fight for your rights.
What If Your Claim Is Denied?
Sometimes, your claim may be denied. But this doesn’t mean you’re out of options. We can help you dispute the denial. Our attorneys will investigate every aspect of your case and find out what happened. If your claim was unjustly denied, we’ll do everything we can to get you the compensation you deserve.
However, you may want to do everything possible to avoid a claim denial in the first place. Insurance companies are often most interested in protecting their bottom line. You don’t want to give them any reason to deny your claim. If you’re injured on the job, make sure to do the following:
- Report the accident as soon as possible. Tell your boss, manager, supervisor—the person who is in charge that day. You’ll write down your account of what happened and it will provide a record of the accident. It’s important to be as accurate and detailed as possible, but don’t guess if there are gaps in your memory. If you’re in a situation where you need to go to the hospital immediately, report the accident as soon as possible when you’re able to.
- See a medical professional. Their evaluation will prove the extent of your injuries which can avoid situations where the insurance company doesn’t believe your injuries are as bad as you claim. Your doctor will also be able to tell you when you’re able to return to work once your injuries heal. In cases where your injuries will prevent you from returning to your job, our attorneys will fight for you to recover your loss of earnings.
- Contact a lawyer. Workers’ compensation claims have deadlines you need to meet. Our lawyers know the time constraints you’ll need to work with and we’ll make sure your paperwork is submitted on time.
Dealing with a claim on your own isn’t easy and you may not know the full scope of what you need to do to get benefits. That’s why we’re here.
Get Trustworthy Representation
Schweickert Ganassin Krzak Rundio, LLP believes in standing up for workers who sustained injuries while doing their jobs. We understand that while accidents happen, the injured individuals deserve help with their recovery. If you’ve been injured at work, get in touch with our firm today. We can go over your case together and figure out what happened and the right way for you to proceed so you can focus on recovering and moving forward.