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Workers’ Comp vs. Personal Injury Claims After an On-the-Job Car Crash

September 16th, 2020 at 10:06 am

crashMany employees, including truck drivers and other delivery drivers, are required to operate a vehicle as a major component of their work. With so much time spent on the road, these employees can be at a greater risk of injury in a car accident. If you have been injured in an accident on the job, you may be unsure of your options for pursuing compensation. The good news is that compensation may be available through both workers’ compensation and a personal injury claim, and your attorney can advise you as to when each is possible.

Obtaining Recovery Through Workers’ Compensation

In Illinois, most employers are required to have a workers’ compensation policy that covers expenses for employees who are injured in the course of their work, regardless of who is at fault. For professional vehicle operators, this means that even if you have been injured in a single-vehicle accident or an accident you caused while driving for work, you may still be entitled to workers’ compensation benefits from your employer. Workers’ compensation can also cover damages from an accident caused by a third-party driver, or work injuries unrelated to driving, such as repetitive stress injuries from the loading of heavy cargo.

Pursuing Additional Compensation Through a Personal Injury Claim

For any injury sustained on the job, workers’ compensation can cover most damages including medical bills, two-thirds of lost wages, disability, and scarring and disfigurement. However, if your accident was the fault of another driver or a third party and you have suffered severe injuries, you may wish to pursue further compensation through a personal injury lawsuit. Holding the other party accountable can result in a settlement or court ruling awarding you compensation for additional lost income, as well as pain and suffering damages from physical and mental distress, loss of companionship, and loss of enjoyment of life.

Regardless of who is at fault for your work-related vehicle accident, you should consider hiring an attorney as soon as possible who can help you document your injuries, treatment, and expenses in order to file a claim for the most possible compensation. If you plan to file a personal injury lawsuit, your attorney can also help you gather evidence to demonstrate the other party’s negligence and liability.

Contact a Cook County Workers’ Compensation Attorney

At the Law Offices of Francis J. Discipio, our attorneys have experience with both workers’ compensation and personal injury claims, and we understand the processes and strategies that can lead to fair compensation for our clients as efficiently as possible. We can help you identify all parties from which you can seek compensation to assist with your recovery. Contact a Chicago worker’s compensation lawyer today to schedule a free consultation.

 

Source:

https://www.ilga.gov/legislation/ilcs/ilcs3.asp?ActID=2430&ChapterID=68

Four Tips for Returning to Work After a Job Injury

May 27th, 2020 at 5:38 pm

IL work injury lawyerThe final stage following a work injury can be one of the most difficult. You are feeling better, and ready to return to work, but is your body ready?  Unfortunately, there is no conclusive answer to this as it depends on the individual and the severity of the injury. However, research shows that getting back to work can be a critical component of the recovery process.

With so many variables to keep in mind, here are a few tips to ease yourself into returning to work after your injury:

  1.   Listen to your doctor. When it comes to medical issues, the professionals know best. It is important to listen to your doctor to make the most out of your recovery process.
  2.   Document any limitations or restrictions you may have. Regardless of how you may feel, trust your doctor’s orders to avoid overexertion and reinjury. Be sure that your employer understands what you can and cannot handle, and do not be afraid to speak up if a job may be too tough for you to do.
  3.   Promote proper safety and work readiness. Whether you have experienced an injury or not, maintaining property safety measures and work readiness is extremely important. Encourage stretching before lifting heavy equipment, proper lifting techniques, and other wellness tips such as an adequate amount of sleep.
  4.   Do not be afraid to ask for help. Working too hard following an injury can be detrimental to your recovery process. Ask for an extra break throughout your day if necessary, and/or the possibility of an extra hand on the job. No matter how difficult this may be, keeping the line of communication open will prevent future issues from arising.

Recovery is not a “one size fits all.” The key is to find balance, listen to what your body is telling you, and respond accordingly. By utilizing these tips, you will eventually return to normalcy within your personal and professional life.

Contact a Chicago Workers’ Compensation Attorney Today

If you believe you are being rushed back to work, or have any questions regarding your workers’ compensation benefits, contact a knowledgeable Cook County workers’ compensation attorney from the Law Offices of Francis J. Discipio. Our attorneys are available to communicate with you during business hours via phone, email, or video conference. Call our office at 630-574-2288 to arrange your free consultation today.

 

Source:

http://www.ilga.gov/legislation/ilcs/ilcs3.asp?ActID=2430&ChapterID=68

Is Disfigurement Covered Under Workers’ Compensation?

February 14th, 2020 at 9:14 am

IL workers comp lawyer, Illinois job injury attorney Workers’ compensation is available for all eligible employees after a work accident. The benefits are to assist the employee with lost wages and medical bills. Injuries associated with workers’ compensation are often traumatic and life-changing. While this is also true for disfigurement cases, a person with a burn may be able to return to work quickly without issue. However, physical scars are lifelong and may be embarrassing.

Since it was officially instituted in Illinois law in 1912, Workers’ Compensation has been a resource for any employee who has been injured on the job. If a person cannot return to work after an accident within three days, benefit payments must begin. These payments are to assist an employee when they are not able to work and make money. Medical treatment for qualified injuries will also be covered by workers’ compensation.

For disfigurement to be compensated for, the scar must still be visible six months after the date of injury. Any scar can make a person feel self-conscious, but to receive benefits, it must be considered permanent and serious. Because scars and their impact are subjective, it is important to have an attorney experienced in cases of disfigurement.

A worker can get compensation for scars and disfigurement alone, but benefits for disability may also be collected. For example, if a construction worker broke a leg while falling and their face got cut up also in the process, the worker could also collect benefits for any permanent scarring. If the worker lost their leg, however, they would not be able to collect disfigurement benefits on the same leg.

For disfigurement, there are certain criteria to be met. To get workers’ compensation benefits for a scar, the disfigurement must be on a visual part of the body. Compensation will only be granted for scars on the face, hand, arm, neck, above the breast bone, and below the knee. If an injury left a scar on a worker’s torso, the worker could only collect benefits from medical attention needed in the area. The more visible and severe a scar, the more a person can be compensated. A scar on a person’s face is going to be worth more than a scar on an arm or leg. If a scar is large or raised, the potential benefits also go up.

Contact a Chicago Workers’ Compensation Attorney

Scars can occur from lacerations or burns, but no matter the circumstances, you deserve to be compensated for disfigurement that occurred while working. To find out if you have a case for disfigurement benefits, contact an experienced Cook County workers’ compensation attorney today. Contact us at 630-574-2288 to arrange a free consultation today.

 

Sources:

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

https://www2.illinois.gov/sites/iwcc/resources/Pages/faq.aspx

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