Workers Compensation Law
Illinois workers’ compensation laws are designed to protect workers who suffer job-related injuries. Covered employers in the state are required to carry workers’ compensation insurance. If you are injured during the course of your employment, your employer’s insurance coverage should pay the costs of your medical treatment, payments to cover lost wages if an injury keeps you out of work temporarily (temporary total disability payments), additional compensation if your injury leaves you with a partial permanent disability, or a total permanent disability, vocational retraining, and other damages and remedies in certain circumstances.
Employees who suffer work-related injuries are entitled to file workers’ compensation claims against their employers, and their employers may not retaliate against them for making such claims.
Unfortunately, disputes about workers’ compensation claims can, and do, sometimes arise. Employers may be uncooperative or may engage in illegal retaliatory actions toward injured employees. In other cases, the insurance company may seek to deny responsibility for an employee’s injuries.
A skilled workers' compensation attorney in northern Illinois can help protect your rights under Illinois law.
When Do You Need an Attorney?
To protect your rights under Illinois law after a work-related injury, you must notify your employer within 45 days of the incident that caused the injury. Your employer is then responsible for filing a claim with its workers’ compensation insurance carrier. It’s important to understand that you have workers’ compensation rights, regardless of who was at fault for your injuries.
A northern Illinois workers’ compensation attorney can represent you in your initial claim for benefits. Having representation at this stage can demonstrate to the insurance company that you know your rights, and that you intend to pursue your right to obtain the compensation the law says you are rightfully entitled to receive.
If your employer refuses to cooperate or denies that you have a valid workers’ compensation claim, being represented by an Illinois workers’ compensation attorney can make it easier to work through the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Commission (IWCC) to receive benefits. You do not have to try to navigate the administrative claims or appeals process alone.
Why Choose Mertes & Mertes, P.C.?
At Mertes & Mertes, P.C., our attorneys and staff are committed to helping fight for injured workers’ rights. We understand Illinois workers’ compensation laws and we are fierce advocates for justice, regardless whether your job-related injuries were life-threatening or less serious.
When you work with Mertes & Mertes, P.C. on a claim related to workers' comp in northern Illinois, you can be confident your case will be handled with skill and compassion. To learn more and to schedule a consultation, contact us online today or call 815.626.1500.
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