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IL injury lawyerWork injuries can happen at any given time for numerous reasons. Many work-related injuries are not life-threatening, with the injured party being able to return to work relatively quickly. Unfortunately, however, some work injuries can be life-shattering and even life-threatening in some cases. When a severe injury befalls a worker, leaving them in some cases with lifelong medical complications, that worker may be eligible to receive permanent total disability through the Illinois workers' compensation program.

It must be noted that receiving permanent total disability is not always an easy and seamless process. This may be because the type of cases that qualify for total disability is generally worth a lot of money, which the employer may be unwilling to shell out without putting up a fight. This blog will look at the type of injuries that may qualify someone for permanent total disability. If you have been seriously injured at work, do not hesitate to contact an experienced workers' compensation attorney who will work to ensure your rights are protected while you pursue the compensation you may be entitled to.

What Injuries Qualify for Permanent Total Disability?

It is essential to understand that to obtain permanent total disability, you must be able to prove what exactly caused your severe injuries. You must also demonstrate that your severe injury has made it so that you can no longer work and support yourself due to your injury. The following examples are injuries that may qualify someone for permanent total disability. These injuries include the following:

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IL injury lawyerWorkers’ compensation in Illinois is a fundamental element of nearly every job in the state. Simply put, if you have a job in Illinois, it is more probable than not that you are eligible to receive workers’ compensation insurance if you suffer an injury at work or are made ill at work. While most workers in the state are qualified, some careers are considered high-risk and may result in workers utilizing workers’ compensation insurance multiple times in their careers. These high-risk occupations may include electricians, construction workers, and certain healthcare workers. Therefore, it is crucial that if you work in a high-risk job, you are aware of and understand the ins and outs of the workers’ compensation process before you ever need it.

In this blog, we will delve into what to know, and the do and do not’s of engaging in the workers’ compensation process when you are in a high-risk profession. But first, if you are ever injured or made ill at work, do not hesitate to contact an experienced workers’ compensation attorney who will work with you to protect your rights and pursue the compensation you may be entitled to.

What to Do and Not Do if You Are a High-Risk Employee in Illinois

When an individual works in a profession with safety risks, there are various considerations regarding workplace safety and how to deal with a workplace injury. What to do and not do for high-risk workers include the following:

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kane county workers compensation lawyerPeople who suffer work-related injuries that fall under the Illinois Workers Compensation Act and cannot work or face certain work restrictions can be entitled to temporary disability benefits.

TTD benefits begin when an injured worker is off work for two consecutive weeks and become payable on the first full day the worker is authorized to be off of work. TTD benefits are paid weekly or biweekly depending on how an injured worker was paid by their employer.

Who Is Entitled To Ttd Benefits After A Work Injury?

TTD benefits are paid to workers who miss at least three days of work because of an injury or an illness. An injury must occur on the job, although an injury can still be covered by TTD even when it only partially resulted from a line of work.

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kane county workers compensation lawyerSocial media has become an everyday aspect of most people’s lives, so it can be difficult not to share what is going on in your life with your friends and family. That said, people who have active workers' compensation cases will want to avoid posting anything about their activities on social media because there can be enormous drawbacks to posting certain kinds of information on these websites.

While social media is still a relatively new phenomenon, it is being quickly understood to have relatively permanent effects in various kinds of court cases. Insurance companies and lawyers alike will often go through the social media accounts of parties to lawsuits and other court cases to try and uncover any evidence that might help their own case.

How Social Media Might Be Used Against You

When you have filed a workers' compensation claim, you need to remember that an insurance company is always going to be seeking reasons to declare that your injuries are not as serious as you claim. Certain kinds of social media posts can effectively make this point for them.

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In some lines of work, getting hurt on the job is relatively likely. In others, it is rare. Whether you are dealing with Carpal Tunnel Syndrome from typing at a desk all day or a serious neck injury after a construction site accident, you are likely eligible for workers' compensation if you sustained an injury at work. Many injuries keep you from returning to your job right away. In some cases, you may be able to perform a less physically challenging job for your employer while you are injured. In others, you may not be able to work at all during your recovery period. If you are hurt and unable to perform your normal work duties, you may be able to receive temporary disability payments. An attorney can help you understand what types of benefits you are eligible for. 

What is Temporary Total Disability?

Temporary total disability benefits are used when you are unable to perform any work for your employer. If your employer cannot offer you temporary light-duty work that you would be able to perform, then you may be considered totally temporarily disabled. This is often the case if a worker's injuries are severe, especially if they must remain in the hospital or a rehabilitation facility for some time. 

If you are eligible for temporary total disability, you can be paid two-thirds of your normal wages. If you are hourly and your income varies, your weekly wages will be averaged out based on what you earned in the past year. 

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