What Types of Workers’ Compensation Benefits Are Available?
If you have been injured on the job, your rights to financial compensation and medical benefits are spelled out in Illinois workers’ compensation law. But these benefits may not be automatic. You may need to fight to enforce your right to workers’ compensation benefits.
The Law Offices of Mathys & Schneid helps injured workers obtain the benefits and compensation they need after a life-changing workplace accident. We handle workers’ compensation claims and third-party liability claims for injured employees in Naperville and throughout the western suburbs.
If you have been seriously injured in a workplace accident, contact our Naperville law office as soon as possible. We can assist you with workers’ compensation benefits and assess your case for a potential third-party claim for damages. To schedule a consultation, call 630-848-9294 or contact us online.
Types of Workers’ Compensation Benefits Available in Illinois
Under Illinois law, you may be eligible for the following benefits:
- Medical care: If you have suffered a work-related injury or illness, you are entitled to medical coverage for that injury or illness.
- Temporary total disability: You are eligible for financial benefits for the time that you are unable to work. This is generally two-thirds of your wages and begins the third day you are out of work, unless you are gone from work more than 14 days.
- Temporary partial disability: If you have returned to work, but you are working on light duty while you recover, you may be eligible for this type of benefit.
- Vocational rehabilitation: If you cannot return to your previous job, you may be eligible for vocational retraining, job search counseling or other vocational benefits. You may also be eligible for a financial benefit called a maintenance benefit.
- Permanent partial disability: If you can work but have some permanent disability or loss of function as a result of your work-related accident, you may be eligible for permanent partial disability benefits.
- Permanent total disability: This benefit is available for employees who are permanently disabled and unable to work as a result of a work-related injury or accident.
- Death benefits: If a loved one was killed in a work-related accident, you may be eligible for death benefits that include burial expenses and survival benefits. Survival benefits are generally two-thirds of the worker’s salary for the past year.
Although you are entitled to these benefits by law, obtaining them can be challenging. The claims process is complex, and unsuspecting workers can fall into numerous pitfalls. In addition, employers or insurers may balk at paying benefits. Having an experienced attorney on your side can make a difference.
Representation for Workers’ Compensation and Third-Party Claims
At the Law Offices of Mathys & Schneid, you will have the benefit of lawyers with decades of experience helping people with life-changing injuries. Our lawyers will assist you at each step of the way to ensure that you receive the medical and financial benefits you deserve. We will also go one step further.
Although you generally cannot sue your employer over a workplace accident, you may be able to hold a third party accountable for your injuries. We will review your case for potential third-party negligence claims and can represent you in both your workers’ comp case and your third-party claim. Third-party claims often yield more compensation than a workers’ comp case.
Evaluate Legal Options Without Taking Any Financial Risk
Contact us today for a free consultation. We will review your injuries, the circumstances of the workplace accident and your viable legal options. You pay nothing unless we take your case and we earn a settlement or verdict in your favor. Call 630-848-9294 or email the firm.