Although some industries are more dangerous than others, work-related injuries can happen in any profession. These injuries can involve expensive medical costs, and victims may not be able to return to work. If you were injured on the job, then a Chicago workers comp lawyer from Horwitz, Horwitz & Associates may be able to help you.
Workers’ compensation laws can be difficult if you do not have experience navigating the legal framework set up under the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Act. Our workers’ compensation attorneys have years of experience and may be able to help you with your claim. To schedule a free consultation, call us today at (800)-985-1819.
Many of the following questions have been answered in the book, “How to Win a Workers’ Compensation Claim in Illinois,” by Mark Weissburg. Mark Weissburg, a partner and workers’ compensation attorney at Horwitz, Horwitz & Associates, has over 20 years of experience with the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Act and was recently named a Top Injury Attorney by the Workers Injury Law & Advocacy Group in 2015 – the group is comprised of over 700 workers’ compensation attorneys dedicated to protecting the rights of injured workers.
Does Workers Comp Cover Medical Expenses and Loss of Income?
The short answer is yes. Workers comp aims to address medical bills while also providing the funds to make ends meet. Under Illinois law, an employer is required to provide workers’ compensation insurance for almost all employees, and through this insurance the employer is required to pay for medical services as outlined in Section 8(a) of the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Act.
Most people assume that receiving workers comp benefits is a fairly straightforward process. But what happens if your employer or the insurance company refuses to acknowledge your injuries? Or, what if the amount you receive is not enough to pay for medical bills and other losses?
When filing for workers comp, even a small mistake can lead to a denial of your claim. A workers’ compensation attorney from our firm can help guide you through the process and represent your interests.
Can I Return to My Old Job After My Injuries Heal?
When you are recovering and receiving treatment, the last thought on your mind should be losing your job. In some cases it is illegal for an employer to terminate a worker while he or she is recovering and receiving compensation for the work-related injury.
In a landmark case, Marc Perper, partner and workers’ compensation attorney at Horwitz, Horwitz & Associates, benefited hundreds if not thousands of Illinois injured workers. Marc convinced the Illinois Supreme Court to reverse and unfavorable appellate court decision in 2010. The Supreme Court of Illinois agreed with Marc that when an employer fires an individual while the person is on temporary light duty, regardless of whether the firing is for “cause” – the employer must reinstate weekly disability benefits.
What are My Options If I Cannot Return to Work?
In the most unfortunate circumstances, an injury can force you to find a new line of work. In these instances, workers’ compensation can help you afford training and time off while you search for a new vocation.
If you have suffered a work-related injury or illness that renders you totally unable to work, you would be considered completely and permanently disabled. Under the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Act, you may have the right to received lifetime weekly permanent disability benefits of 2/3 of your weekly average wage subject to a maximum of the state average weekly wage at the time of the injury.
Can I Work with My Own Doctor?
As outlined by the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Act, you may work with a doctor of your choice. However, an employer may request to have your injuries reviewed by a doctor of his or her choice.
In Illinois, there is a rule known as the two doctor rule, which sets the standard for seeing doctors under the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Act.
Does Workers’ Comp Cover Part-Time Employees?
One of the more common misconceptions about workers’ compensation is that part-time employees are not covered by workers’ compensation. However, part-time employees are covered by workers’ compensation.
If you were injured on the job and wish to apply for workers’ comp, or if you were unable to recover benefits, then an Illinois workers’ compensation lawyer from Horwitz, Horwitz & Associates may be able to help. Call us today at (800)-985-1819 to schedule a free consultation.