Workers compensation and third-party litigation
When you receive any type of job injury, from a construction accident to a slip and fall to a vehicle collision while on duty, the law provides for your medical bills to be paid and your lost wages to be partially covered. However, the process is rarely so straightforward. Your first step after getting hurt at work is to notify your employer. Your second step is to contact local Chicago construction accident lawyer or workers comp attorney at the Blumenshine Law Group.
Workers compensation claims
Illinois workers compensation law requires your employer to pay for your reasonable and necessary medical care. But your employer’s workers compensation insurance carrier is likely to dispute the definition of reasonable and necessary. In addition to a required examination by the company doctor, you are entitled to be treated by two doctors of your own choice. Any further treatment, including referrals to specialists, will be questioned and often denied. Our firm negotiates with the insurance company on your behalf to ensure that you receive the medical care that you need.
If you are unable to work due to your injuries, you are entitled to disability payments. You doctor may make an assessment of—
- Temporary total disability (TTD). You are unable to work until your injuries heal, and you are entitled to two-thirds of your average weekly wage.
- Partial permanent disability (PPD). Your injuries reduce your earning capacity for the rest of your life. A settlement amount must be determined to compensate for your reduced income.
- Permanent total disability (PTD). Your injuries leave you unable to work at your established trade for the rest of your life. Your settlement or award must be large enough to permanently replace your income.
If your disability status is denied by the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Commission, our lawyers represent you at an administrative hearing to appeal the decision. If your petition continues to be denied, we file a lawsuit to get you the appropriate compensation for your disability.
Lawsuits against other parties
Workers compensation awards have limits by law, and may not be adequate to cover your losses. When this is the case, our Chicago construction lawyers and workers compensation attorneys examine the circumstances of your accident to determine if another party may have been responsible. Examples of negligent third parties include—
Work with us to get compensation for your job injuries
Work injuries can be devastating for you and your family, but workers compensation insurance carriers fight hard to avoid paying valid claims. Let our experienced lawyers fight back to help you get the compensation you require.
For a free consultation about your work injury case, contact the Blumenshine Law Group. We help people in Cook County and all of Illinois.