That's why you need an experienced workers' compensation attorney fighting for you. Our firm has been helping injured workers in Peru for decades. We know how the workers' compensation system works. Our attorneys help you cut through the confusion so you can advance your claim and get results.
Here are some of the ways a workers' compensation lawyer can help:
Prove you have a work injury - In some cases, it's clear that a workplace accident caused your injury. In other cases, it's not so clear. For example, an employer may claim injuries in an accident at the very beginning or end of your shift don't count. Carpal tunnel syndrome or other repetitive stress injuries can develop over time and be difficult to link to your job. Employers often dispute the extent of work injuries.
Help you get needed medical care - The workers' compensation system is supposed to cover all "reasonable and necessary" treatment for the injuries you suffered on the job. Employers and insurance companies have very different ideas about what is reasonable and necessary. We fight to help you get the treatment you need.
Calculate your wage loss - When you are left unable to work because of an on-the-job injury, you are entitled to two-thirds of your average weekly wage while you recover. Calculating your average weekly pay can be complicated due to shift differentials, cost of living adjustments, overtime and incentive pay. We work to make sure you get the full amount you should be getting.
Fight for your benefits at hearings - If an employer or insurance company disputes your claim, you may need to appear in a hearing with an arbitrator of the Illinois Workers' Compensation Commission. Our attorneys know how to build a strong case and will fight to help you get the benefits you need and deserve.
Negotiate a settlement - Some disputed claims are resolved through a settlement. Our attorneys are skilled negotiators who know how to reach an agreement that meets your needs. This includes coverage of any long-term treatment or care that your injury will require.
Pursue a third-party claim - If a third party's negligence caused your accident, we can help you take legal action. Workers' compensation covers medical expenses and partial lost wages. You may be able to file suit against a negligent third party for other damages, such as pain and suffering and lost quality of life.
Our firm has been helping injured workers in Peru and throughout Illinois for decades. Learn more about how one of our workers' compensation attorneys can help you with your claim. Contact us today to schedule a free consultation. We can review your options and answer any questions that you have.