After experiencing a work-related injury that prevents you from working, your next concerns may be how you are going to pay for medical bills and support yourself. Most workers in Illinois have the right workers’ compensation, and if you suffer from an accident or have developed a disease from working conditions, you may be entitled to the benefits.
What Benefits Do Workers Compensation Provide?
If a person is injured during their line of work and the injury is more than a basic first aid kit could handle, they may be eligible for benefits. Workers’ compensation protects workers by providing compensation for work-related injuries or illnesses. Examples of this may include falling from a ladder on a construction site, developing carpal tunnel from an office job, or being diagnosed with cancer after working with hazardous materials at work. Workers’ Compensation provides medical care after the fact and the replacement of lost wages.
The more severe an injury is, the more payout a person can expect. There are four categories in which a person can expect to collect workers’ compensation: temporary and permanent disability, and total and partial disability A temporary disability is when someone is expected to heal, and a permanent disability is when a person has reached maximum medical recovery, and will not heal further. The difference between total and partial disability is that total means that a person cannot return to the workforce at all, and a person with a partial disability can return to work in some capacity.
When a person is injured, there is a set number of weeks a person can be compensated for when it comes to a partial disability. A percentage of a worker’s weekly wages is multiplied by the number of weeks assigned to the affected area. A total disability will be eligible for lifetime payments that are weekly.
The following are examples of monetary values won by the law offices of Kinnally Flaherty Krentz Loran Hodge & Masur, P.C.:
- $871,651 - a lower back injury permanently disabled a 49-year-old HVAC worker, and they were awarded disability payments for life.
- $400,000 - a 46-year-old husband and father died suddenly on the job due to poor conditions at a production plant, and his family was compensated.
- $210,380 - Although the 29-year-old transportation worker was able to return to work after a lower back injury, he continues to experience daily pain.
Contact an Experienced Kane County Workers’ Compensation Attorney
You deserve to be compensated fairly after a life-changing injury at work. For the best results, get in contact with an experienced Aurora workers’ compensation attorney today. Call our office at 630-907-0909 to schedule a free consultation.