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I was hurt at work; do I have a workers' compensation claim?

In Illinois, the employee bears the burden to show that he or she sustained accidental injuries arising out of and in the course of the employment. The employee must prove the employee was at the workplace and doing what is reasonably expected at the time of the incident. This is generally not in dispute if the employee was working their normal shift while they were injured.

The employee must also prove their injuries arising out of some aspect of their employment. In other words, the employee must show that because of their employment, they were at an increased risk than someone of the general public. Examples of this include lifting a heavy object or operating dangerous equipment. A common, non-compensable injury that occurs at work is a result of a slip or trip and fall. For example, if you were injured while tripping over stairs or slipping on a puddle, you must show some aspect of your employment placed you at an increased risk than the general public. This may include carrying an object as part of your job duties up their stairs which rendered you unable to see the final step which you tripped.

Once the above-two elements are satisfied, the worker must also show the accident was a causal factor in developing their injuries. Oftentimes, this is the most contested aspect of a workers' compensation claim. If you sustain an injury at work and delay seeking medical attention or informing your doctor of a work-related incident, your employer will likely contest your injuries as being caused by your employment. One of the greatest precautions you can take after being injured at work is to seek immediate medical attention and report a work injury. If you have any questions regarding the workers' compensation benefits you are receiving, please contact our offices for a free legal consultation.

The attorneys at Law Offices of Mathys & Schneid are committed to representing people who have been seriously injured and incur significant medical expenses as a result of work related injuries. Law Offices of Mathys & Schneid continue to handle workers' compensation claims and all types of other personal injury cases in Cook, DuPage, Kane, Will and Kendall Counties and all throughout the Chicagoland area.

  1. "Committed To My Cause"

    I was struck by a car while cycling and severely, almost fatally injured. A team of excellent medical professionals performed complicated and extensive surgical and medical procedures as part of a successful effort to restore my health....
    -Jeff D.

  2. "Could not have made a better choice"

    We found Mark [Mathys] through the web after an auto accident in October 2011. While selecting someone you don't know to represent you can be a gamble, we could not have made a better choice....
    - Dave

  3. "Very satisfied"

    Mark [Mathys] is very professional. He responds almost immediately, via email, to any question, comment or concern I have and if he is not able to respond right away, he will let me know. I have been very satisfied with Mark so far and I am happy to be his client.
    -Jennifer

  4. "Easy to talk to"

    Mr. Mathys and Mr. Schneid were very professional and easy to talk to. Prior to working with them, my wife and I had no real experience with the legal system beyond a house closing, yet Mr. Mathys and Mr. Schneid explained the whole process to us very well. I knew that whenever I had a concern about our case or the legal system in general I could call their office or send an email and receive answers the same day... -Larry

  5. "Provided very wise advice"

    I've dealt with attorneys on a variety of issues, almost all of them since leaving college and entering the workplace. Mr. Mathys was the first attorney I had any real experience with, and I was impressed then and remain so. He provided very wise advice and always kept me informed. In the end, he delivered a favorable result. I recommend him highly.
    - Tyler D.

  6. "In-depth knowledge of the law"

    Mark [Schneid] is an excellent and skilled attorney and demonstrated in-depth knowledge of the law when he helped settle my dog bite lawsuit resulting from a traumatic incident. He explained what was needed of me and how I should handle the situation in a professional manner.
    - Karen K.

  7. "They went to bat for me"

    Not long ago I was involved in a car accident where I was hit by a gravel truck at an intersection. After I called Mathys & Schneid, even though I didn't have a very large case, they made me feel like I was one of their most important cases. They went to bat for me with the trucking company's insurance and got me a settlement. I would definitely recommend them to my family and friends. -Dan H.

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