Workers Compensation Attorney in Chicago, IL
The early 20th-century work of Upton Sinclair and other investigative journalists was part of the historic wave sparking worker reforms. These led to the establishment of a national framework of workers’ compensation laws. The evolution of these laws over the years has made workers’ compensation difficult for workers to navigate. This is because the statutes seek recovery from devastating work injuries.
Read on for an overview of workers’ compensation in Illinois. We also have some important information on how our attorneys can assist.
The workers’ compensation attorneys at Alvarez Law are here to help guide you through the confusing system. Our team has extensive experience in state and federal workers’ compensation laws. We also have extensive experience practicing in front of the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Commission. We’re committed to standing by the side of injured workers. Did you sustain an injury or suffer an illness at work? If so, we’ll ensure you get the benefits and compensation you deserve.
What Benefits Does Workers’ Compensation Pay?
Illinois workers’ compensation laws specify the compensation categories that injured employees can recover. If you’re injured or become ill from work, you may be able to recover costs for the following:
- Any medical care you may need. This includes physical or emotional therapy, regular doctor checkups, hospital visits, and prescriptions.
- Temporary total disability benefits will make up your lost wages while you miss work to recover from injury.
- Temporary partial disability benefits cover you during recovery when you have a reduced work schedule at reduced pay.
- Any vocational rehabilitation that you may need to recover or adapt to the effects of your injuries.
- Permanent partial disability benefits cover injuries where you can still work despite being partially disabled or disfigured.
- Permanent total disability benefits are for injuries that make it impossible for you to work.
The final benefit category covers injuries or illnesses resulting in death. As a survivor, you can file for and receive benefits under workers’ compensation.
Understanding these categories can be challenging for non-lawyers. This is especially the case when you’re trying to determine what will qualify and what won’t. The Alvarez Law team in Chicago will tell you the type and amount of compensation you have available. We’ll be glad to guide you through the entire confusing process.
$8.5 Million Semi-Truck Accident
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$3.55 Million Injured Tradesmen/Steelworker
$3 Million Prescription Medical Defect
$2.5 Million Amputation in Illinois
$2,028,000 Trucking Settlement
The Role of Workers’ Compensation Attorneys in Illinois
Employers and insurance companies can weigh in on workers’ compensation benefits claims, and they can challenge and deny claims. If that happens to you, your case’s resolution will likely involve the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Commission. This commission has the authority to resolve these disputes between workers and employees.
A qualified workers’ compensation attorney will represent your interests in discussions with the employer and insurance company. They’ll also stand up on your behalf at the commission. This can result in an extended set of legal proceedings. The matter first goes before an arbitrator. However, three commissioners can review this ruling. If your dispute still exists, you can appeal your case to a circuit court, an appellate court, and the Illinois Supreme Court. This requires an experienced attorney.
While you’re not required to hire an attorney, one can make it so much easier to get a proper review. Attorneys can help you collect the proper documentation to support your claim, arrange medical treatment, and oversee depositions, among other matters. Attorneys can also ensure you don’t miss any court-related deadlines for filing.
Remember that a workers’ compensation case can settle at any time. Attorneys can handle that part of the process for you as well. They’ll have a good understanding of the standard amounts in similar cases. This information can help guide discussions with other parties and keep your expectations in check.
The Alvarez Law Office helped me settle a workers compensation case. I am very pleased with the results thus far! Brandon along with the paralegal staff have been very professional and friendly. If you are in need of legal representation, consider Alvarez Law Office. Thank you so much!- Laura J.
The whole entire staff IS GREAT from the front desk to the top. Very nice very friendly honest and reliable!- Joseph L.
My experience with the Alvarez Law office was outstanding. They took my case and completed it in a timely manner. Ms. Theresa was outstanding with my case and made sure that I had everything I needed. If anyone needs a law firm that would fight for you like no other this is the Law firm for you. Thank you Anna Gallo- Anna G.
Got me more money back than I expected for my injuries! Thanks Alvarez law firm. You guys are awesome!!!- Jerry G.
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Everyone that I have spoken with at Alvarez has been polite, positive, & professional. These interactions have inspired my confidence in this firm. It’s reassuring when you’re not well to have a team like this on your side. My attorney, Steven Alvarez a great communicator, very helpful, and kind. He has already been a huge help. I’m grateful I have Alvarez Law working on my behalf.- Lilly P.
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What is Worker’s Compensation?
The workers’ compensation system exists for a crucial purpose. It provides essential protections to employees who suffer work-related injuries or illnesses. It’s also there to shield their employers from the unpredictability of litigation. Eligible workers often receive guaranteed fixed payments. In addition, if an employee dies in a work-related incident, the compensation goes to families and survivors. The system usually pays benefits irrespective of an assessment of fault.
Who’s Eligible for Workers’ Compensation?
Workers’ compensation laws exist at both the state and federal levels. The Illinois Workers’ Compensation Act covers all hired or injured employees in Illinois. This includes those whose employment is “localized” within the state. Federal statutes also benefit U.S. government employees who get hurt or sick while carrying out their job-related duties.
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Get Your Workers’ Compensation Counsel at Alvarez Law
Workplace injuries or illnesses can disrupt the ordinary course of your life. If this has happened to you or a family member, get experienced counsel from the lawyers at Alvarez Law in Chicago, Illinois.
Our attorneys will help evaluate your case and explain the relevant law. We’ll then discuss your options to help you get the best outcome possible. You pay no fees unless we win. We can also assess your case in the context of personal injury law. Meet our team by watching some of our informative videos about personal injury law. Contact us now and schedule your free consultation today.