Workers’ Compensation Benefits Are A Vital Resource
At Kent M. Lucaccioni, Ltd., we are experienced and dedicated to protecting the rights of workers who have suffered injuries at work. Contact us after an accidental injury that occurred on the job.
As an injured worker, you must file an Application for Adjustment of Claim with the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Commission to protect your rights and benefits under the Workers’ Compensation Act. If you do not file an Application for Adjustment of Claim with the Commission, your rights relating to payment of medical bills, lost time payments or compensation for permanent disability may be jeopardized. Having an experienced and aggressive workers’ compensation attorney is critical in order to secure the maximum benefits available under the law.
The Law Specifies Workers’ Benefits
Under the Workers’ Compensation Act, workers may claim the following benefits:
- Medical care and rehabilitation: Your employer’s insurance company should pay for all reasonable expenses for medical care and treatment, including prescription medication and physical therapy. The insurance company can choose a doctor to examine you, but you can choose your own doctor for treatment. If your injury affects your ability to return to work, your employer may also need to pay for vocational rehabilitation, which may include education or training, or find a more suitable position in their company for you.
- Temporary total disability (TTD) benefits: If you cannot work following an injury, employers must provide TTD benefits. TTD covers two-thirds of your previous wages from the year before the injury or accident occurred. The Workers’ Compensation Act sets a deadline of 14 days for an employer to notify the employee if they will not pay TTD benefits.
- Lump-sum settlements: Usually, an injured worker will receive compensation as a lump sum. Insurance companies calculate this settlement according to the nature and severity of your injury as well as your current wages.
It is important that an injured worker consults with an attorney concerning these situations and issues. An employer or an insurance company can dispute the nature and extent of a worker’s injury – including whether the medical bills were necessary. Having an experienced, respected and aggressive workers’ compensation attorney is critical in obtaining the maximum amount of compensation in each form.
Consult With A Knowledgeable Lawyer
With offices in Chicago and Elgin, Kent M. Lucaccioni represents injured workers throughout Illinois. The sooner you are represented, the more likely it will be that your benefits are paid promptly without interruption and that you will receive the maximum compensation available under the law. Please contact our office for a free legal consultation at 312-386-7683 or complete our case evaluation form. We also represent families who lose a loved one and need to file a wrongful death claim.