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Workers' Compensation / Workplace Injuries

Overview

Workers’ compensation laws in Illinois are governed by the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Act. They are designed to protect workers by requiring employers to provide medical treatment and wage benefits to employees who have suffered a work-related injury.  If an employee is injured or becomes ill as a result of their employment duties, they can file a workers’ compensation claim to receive benefits through their employer’s insurance carrier.  These benefits include the right to be treated by a doctor of the employee’s choosing. Additionally, other benefits such as vocational rehabilitation and death benefits for surviving family members may also be available in certain circumstances.

Medical Benefits

Under the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Act, workers who have suffered a work-related injury or illness are entitled to various medical benefits.  These medical benefits are designed to provide reasonable and necessary medical treatment at the employer’s expense. Whether it is a ER visit, doctor visit, physical therapy, prescribed medications, or surgery, the employer remains responsible for the payment of the bills associated with said care.  Additionally, one of the most important medical benefits you have as an injured worker is your right to choose your own medical provider, and in most instances the choice of two treating physicians.

Temporary Total Disability benefits / Wage benefits

Temporary Total Disability (TTD) benefits, refers to monetary compensation provided to workers who are unable to work due to a work-related injury or illness.  If it is determined by a medical professional that a work-related injury has rendered you unable to work, you may be entitled to payment of two-thirds of your average weekly wage while you are restricted from work. Calculating the correct TTD rate and the appropriate duration can often be complex, especially when disputed by an employer.  It is important to work with an experienced workers’ compensation attorney to help navigate these complexities and help ensure you are receiving timely payments and the correct amount of benefits to which you are entitled to under the Act.

Permanent Partial Disability and Settlement

Permanent Partial Disability (PPD) benefits are separate from other benefits like medical treatment and Temporary Total Disability (TTD) benefits.  PPD refers to monetary compensation awarded to a person who has suffered a permanent injury as a result of a work-related accident.  Even after an injured worker is discharged from care by their physician, they will likely still suffer some degree of permanent partial disability.  The degree of the disability is expressed in a percentage and is used to calculate the amount of the final settlement to be paid to an injured worker.  Many factors are used to determine the settlement amount that will be paid to the injured worker as part of the resolution of a Workers’ Compensation claim.  Contact our experienced attorneys to help you obtain the best possible settlement for your case and ensure you are receiving all the benefits that you are entitled to under the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Act.