Injuries to the knee and leg are common in the workplace. These injuries can severely limit a worker’s mobility, and they are usually unable to return to work for some time. In Illinois, injured workers are eligible to receive workers’ compensation benefits, but the claims process can be filled with obstacles. The experienced Peru on-the-job knee injury lawyers at Schweickert Ganassin Krzak Rundio, LLP can help you get the benefits you deserve.
People rely on their knees and legs every day in workplaces across the state to stand, walk, squat down, lift or climb stairs. Some workers face a higher risk of a knee or leg injury, such as construction, manufacturing or warehouse workers. But it can happen at any type of job. A knee and leg injury can happen by:
- Repeatedly bending and lifting over time
- Being struck by a falling object
- Falling from a height
- Slipping and falling
The result can be a torn ligament, a sprain or strain, inflammation, a dislocated kneecap or broken bones. These on-the-job injuries can be painful and leave the worker unable to move around well. They also make it difficult for the worker to perform normal job duties. Depending on the severity of the injury, a worker may be unable to return to the job for weeks-or much longer.
Workers’ Compensation Can Help You Rebuild
In Illinois, injured workers can collect workers’ compensation benefits. These benefits provide 100% coverage of all medical expenses for needed treatment. They also provide partial compensation of lost wages while they were out of work-two-thirds of the worker’s weekly wage.
But getting those benefits can be a difficult and frustrating process. And employers and insurance companies typically try to avoid or reduce their responsibility. That’s why it’s so important to be represented by an experienced workers’ compensation attorney. We know how to build a strong case that proves you were hurt at work and how to pursue the full amount of benefits you deserve. We fight back attempts by insurance companies to minimize your injury or to get you to return to work before you are recovered.
If you have suffered a knee or leg injury in a work-related accident, you need a strong advocate on your side to help you get the benefits you deserve. Contact us to learn more.