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Dealing with the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Commission

We Help Injured Workers Navigate the Claims Process

Workers’ compensation benefits are designed to help people who have been injured in workplace accidents. If you’ve been injured at work, your claim will involve the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Commission. At Schweickert Ganassin Krzak Rundio, LLP, our experienced attorneys know how to deal with the commission to get results.The Illinois Workers’ Compensation Commission (IWCC) oversees the state’s workers’ compensation system and resolves disputes over benefits between employees and employers. Commissioners are appointed by the governor to a four-year term.
If you are denied benefits, you have the right to file an appeal with the IWCC. But in order for your claim to be successful:

  • deadlines must be met
  • the correct paperwork must be filled out properly, with all of the information requested
  • you must prove that your injuries came from an on-the-job accident
  • you must establish that on the date of the accident, you were an employee of the company
  • you must show that you notified your employer about the accident and your injury.

Navigating the workers’ compensation system can be difficult and frustrating. That’s why having an experienced attorney in your corner can help. We are very familiar with the process and the paperwork. And we have dealt with the IWCC many times.

We Understand the Appeals Process

If you are appealing a denial of your workers’ compensation claim, the first stage of appeal is a hearing in front of an arbitrator chosen by the commission. The arbitrator will hear all evidence from both sides. As your attorney, we will help you build a strong case that shows you were hurt at work and deserve benefits. The arbitrator will issue a decision within 60 days.

The next step, if the decision to deny your benefits is upheld, is a hearing of your claim in front of a panel of three commissioners. If that is not successful, we can take your claim to the courts.

A Legal Team on Your Side Every Step of the Way

Every step of the way, we will fight for your right to benefits. We know what kind of evidence the commission requires, and will thoroughly review your case to find it. This includes all supporting documentation such as medical records and accident reports, and witness accounts of the accident.

If you’ve been injured in a workplace accident, employers and the insurance company are not on your side. They want to pay as little as possible and aren’t concerned about your best interests. Our attorneys will fight for you in all hearings with the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Commission. Contact us online to learn more about how we can help you.

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