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Do I Need an Illinois Workers’ Comp Attorney?

October 8th, 2021 at 3:49 pm

Workers-Comp-Law-CookCountyUnder Illinois law, when a worker suffers a job-related injury, they usually qualify for workers’ compensation benefits. These benefits provide coverage for all medical expenses to treat the injury, as well as a percentage of the employee’s wages each week. Depending on the extent of the injury, the worker may also qualify for additional benefits, such as vocational counseling if they are unable to return to their former occupation because of permanent damage from the injury.

There are very few reasons why a worker should be denied benefits. One example would be if the worker caused the injury intentionally. Yet many injured workers find themselves fighting with the employer and/or insurance company because their claim is denied. Having a Chicago workers’ compensation attorney advocating for you can make a difference in how your claim is processed.

Benefits of Having an Attorney

The strongest pieces of evidence in a workers’ comp claim are the medical reports that detail the injury, damage, and treatment. An attorney will make sure that all required medical records are obtained and included in your claim, as well as advising whether you should obtain a second opinion.

In addition to having the appropriate medical evidence, there are other documents that may be needed, and deadlines to filing that must be met. Your attorney will deal with all these issues for you, allowing you to focus on your healing and recovery.

Your attorney will also deal directly with the insurance company so you will not have to. Insurance companies are in business to make a profit and any benefits they must pay out cuts into those profits. Insurance companies are notorious for trying to reduce the amount of benefits a victim rightfully deserves and often try to convince an injured worker they are not entitled to certain benefits when in fact, they are. Having an attorney representing you sends a message to the insurance company right away that these types of tactics will not work in your case.

If your claim has already been wrongfully denied, it can be difficult to resubmit it on your own. It may have been an issue as simple as some documents were missing or it could be a more complex issue that requires appealing the denial and having a hearing in front of the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Commission. Each workers’ compensation attorney from our firm has extensive experience successfully working on denied claims and can help you get the benefits you deserve.

Contact an Illinois Job Injury Attorney for Legal Assistance

If you have suffered a work injury, do not delay in speaking with a skilled Chicago workers’ comp lawyer. The quicker you have an attorney at your side, the quicker your claim can be processed and your benefits begin. Call [[title]] at [[phone]] to schedule a free and confidential consultation.

 

Source:

https://www2.illinois.gov/sites/iwcc/Pages/default.aspx

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Who Can Provide My Medical Care for a Work-Related Injury?

September 13th, 2021 at 11:00 am

Workers-Comp-Care-Chicago-LawyerIf you are injured in the course of your work in Illinois, you are likely entitled to workers’ compensation benefits that cover the costs of your medical care. However, there are important steps that you will need to follow to ensure that you receive those benefits. One of those steps is ensuring that you receive treatment from an approved provider. Your choice of provider may depend on your employer, and it is important to understand how this process works.

Choosing a Care Provider

As soon as you are injured or you become aware of a work-related injury, it is important to notify your employer. If you require emergency care, your employer should arrange for it and cover the costs. Many work-related injuries require ongoing care, however, and this is where the choice of a provider comes in.

Many Illinois employers now have a Preferred Provider Program (PPP) that includes a list of health care providers who are approved to treat employees’ work-related injuries. Your employer must notify you in writing if they have a PPP, and if so, you will need to choose your care providers from within the program. If you opt-out of the PPP in writing, or if your employer does not have a PPP, you are able to select a provider of your choice. In this case, it is important to let the provider know that you have a work-related injury so that you are not billed directly for your treatment.

Disputes Involving Medical Care

Although an employer is required to cover the costs of reasonably necessary medical care for a work-related injury, this process does not always go smoothly for injured employees. In many cases, employers and their workers’ comp insurance providers will decline to cover medical expenses that they believe are unnecessary or unrelated to the employee’s work. In other cases, injured employees may feel that their chosen care providers are not providing the care they truly need.

If you encounter these obstacles while receiving treatment for your work injuries, it is important to file a claim with the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Commission (IWCC). After reviewing your case, the IWCC may allow you to select a new care provider or arrange for dispute resolution between you and your employer. An attorney can help you file your claim and represent you in any proceedings before the IWCC.

Contact a Chicago Workers’ Compensation Lawyer

Getting workers’ compensation benefits can be a complicated process with many important decisions along the way. If you are unsure how to proceed, our experienced Illinois workers’ comp attorneys can help. Contact [[title]] today at [[phone]] to schedule a free consultation.

Source:

https://www2.illinois.gov/sites/iwcc/Documents/handbook.pdf

 

What Jobs Are at Risk of Occupational Diseases in Illinois?

August 4th, 2021 at 4:52 pm

Occupational-Risk-Attorney-Oak_BrookWork-related injuries are common in Illinois and throughout the U.S., especially for employees who perform extensive physical labor or who work with heavy machinery and equipment. Thanks to the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Act, many injured workers qualify for benefits that cover their medical care and some of their lost wages. Employees who develop or contract a disease or illness in the course of their work may also be eligible for workers’ compensation benefits, though these cases are often more complicated.

Occupations With High Incidences of Work-Related Illness

Occupational diseases tend to develop after prolonged and repeated exposure to a hazardous condition, rather than a one-time event. Some occupations in which occupational diseases are more common include:

  • Construction and manufacturing – Workers in these occupations may be exposed to a variety of risks, including hazardous materials like asbestos, chemicals used in the manufacturing process, and dangerous particles in the air. These hazards can lead to skin diseases, respiratory conditions, and certain types of cancer.
  • Firefighting – Firefighters are at risk of respiratory conditions due to smoke and ash inhalation.
  • Mining – Workers in the mining industry, especially coal miners, are also exposed to the risk of respiratory disease from the inhalation of harmful particles.
  • Agriculture – Farm workers may develop lung conditions from inhaling grain dust and other particles, or other diseases due to exposure to chemicals in fertilizers and pesticides.
  • Health care – Doctors, nurses, EMTs, and other health care providers may be exposed to infectious airborne or bloodborne pathogens that may cause diseases like COVID-19, hepatitis, and AIDS.

Recovering Compensation

According to Illinois law, you may be entitled to workers’ compensation benefits if you have a work-related disease or illness. However, you will need to be able to demonstrate that your condition meets certain criteria. Namely, the disease must have arisen in the course of your work, or have been aggravated by your work to the point of disablement. Generally, this means you will need to establish a causal connection between some hazard present in your work and the specific condition you have contracted or developed.

 

It is often beneficial to hire an attorney for a workers’ compensation claim involving an occupational illness. A lawyer can help you take the necessary steps to pursue benefits as soon as you become aware of the condition, as well as gather evidence of the connection between your work and the disease. Occupational illness claims are commonly denied, and if this happens to you, your attorney can help you appeal the denial.

Contact a Chicago Workers’ Comp Lawyer

At the Law Offices of Francis J. Discipio, we know how important it is to get the care and treatment you need for an occupational disease. We can work with you to file and pursue a claim for workers’ compensation benefits that make this possible. Call us today at 630-574-2288 to schedule a free consultation with a Cook County workers’ compensation attorney.

 

Sources:

https://www.aafp.org/afp/2016/0615/p1000.html

https://www.bls.gov/iif/oshdef.htm

https://www.cdc.gov/niosh/docs/96-115/diseas.html

https://www.ilga.gov/legislation/ilcs/ilcs3.asp?ActID=2431&ChapterID=68

 

 

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