When you arrive at your workplace each day, you expect to put in an honest day on the job. No one expects to be injured, but each year, Chicago residents and Americans across the country are seriously injured or even killed at work.
Being injured on the job in Chicago can happen in many ways. You could fall from a height, be crushed by a machine, experience exposure to a toxin, get a repetitive strain injury or suffer any number of other injuries. No matter what happens, your injury can be devastating, leaving you with considerable medical bills and even lost income if you cannot work while you recover.
If you’ve suffered an on-the-job injury, it’s important to contact a Chicago workers’ compensation attorney if you have any concerns about your workers’ compensation claim. Attorneys can help with delayed checks, denied claims and more.
If you’ve been injured on the job, you must first seek any needed emergency medical treatment. If your injury is serious and potentially life-threatening, you need to contact 911 to get immediate help. You also need to report your injury to your workplace within 45 days of the incident. Your workplace will have a system for reporting the injury. While you have 45 days, it’s best to report your injury and start the workers’ comp claim process as soon as possible. Waiting can mean more doubt is cast on your injuries.
Once you’ve reported the injury, your employer should submit a claim to their insurer. It’s useful if you can get this in writing and obtain a copy to gauge its accuracy. If there is any inaccuracy or seems to be any delays or problems, contact a workers’ compensation lawyer in Chicago to strengthen your claim and to get support.
Workers’ compensation laws in Illinois require all employers — even very small businesses — to pay for workers’ compensation insurance on behalf of all eligible employees. When a worker is injured, these laws require that 100 percent of medical bills related to the workplace injury are covered and not paid by the worker. The employee should not be making co-pays or paying deductibles.
In addition, workers’ comp laws in Chicago mandate that employees who cannot work due to a workplace injury receive 66 percent, or two-thirds, of their normal pay while they cannot work. If an injury is long-term or permanent, a lump sum workers’ comp settlement is offered after medical treatment is completed.
If you’ve been injured at work, contact Argionis & Associates to secure work-related injury representation through our Chicago legal offices. Our caring attorneys never pass the buck. When you reach out to us, you’ll work with experienced attorneys, and your case won’t be given to legal clerks. We also work on a contingency basis, so you only pay legal costs if and when we recover on your behalf. If you’re looking for the best workers’ compensation lawyers in Chicago, contact us right away.