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Can I Get Workers’ Compensation for Disfigurement From an Injury?

February 21st, 2019 at 10:34 am

Cook County workers' compensation attorney scarring disfigurementIf you are involved in an accident at work, particularly if you work in the manufacturing or construction industries, the results of your injuries may lead to permanent disfigurement or scarring. While the accident may not have taken your life, it can lead to costly rehabilitation and have a significant impact on you for years to come. A visible scar or any kind of disfigurement is emotionally traumatizing. You may be able to go back to work, but your day to day life will never be the same.

What Is Considered Disfigurement?

The Illinois Supreme Court determined that disfigurement is defined as an impairment of appearance that is unusual. It can affect the beauty of a person or the symmetry of their face or body.

If your disfigurement is from the result of an incident at work, you may be eligible for additional workers’ compensation. According to 820 ILCS 305/8, for a disfigurement to be eligible for workers’ compensation, it must be permanent, severe, and located on a reasonably visual part of your body, such as the face, neck, head, hand, arm, cheek, or leg below the knee. Disfigurement to the rest of your body may not be eligible for additional compensation. If an accident caused the loss of an arm or leg, you can not claim both disability and disfigurement benefits for the same body part.

The amount paid out will depend on the severity and location of the disfigurement. For example, a scar on your face is worth more than a scar on your arm or shin. Raised scars or other textured disfigurements are also worth more. A disfigurement to the face, when compared to a permanent superficial injury to a limb, can cause emotional trauma, depending on the severity of the injury. Whether or not the disfigurement interferes with daily tasks is also considered. A person with third or fourth degree burns on their hand may have difficulty using their hand normally.

The benefit rate for non-fatal injuries such as disfigurement is the same as for permanent partial disability benefits. Subject to the minimum and maximum recorded payouts for similar injuries or scenarios, the payout is 60% of a worker’s weekly paycheck. The maximum amount of time an employee can receive payout due to a disfigurement is 162 weeks.

Contact a Chicago Workers’ Compensation Attorney

Getting an injury at work that stays with you forever can be difficult to deal with, and it will serve as a permanent reminder of the pain you have suffered. Even if you are eventually able to return to work normally, you deserve compensation for costs of medical treatment and the emotional toll of your injury. Contact a Cook County workers’ comp lawyer to see if your case is eligible for compensation. Call our office at 630-574-2288 to schedule a free consultation.

Source:

http://www.ilga.gov/legislation/ilcs/fulltext.asp?DocName=082003050K8

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