Illinois Workers’ Compensation Attorneys
Protecting the Rights of Injured Workers Since 1948
Do you need to know how to file a workers’ compensation claim? Have you already filed your claim and are involved in a weekly benefits dispute or a dispute over your medical treatment? Porro, Niermann & Petersen, LLC. can help you get what you are entitled to by law. We know the law because our attorneys have been involved with workers’ compensation legislation, as well as the creation of the most recent edition of the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Guidebook. We helped right the book on workers’ compensation!
Our attorneys have been protecting the rights of victims of work injuries and occupational diseases in Illinois and throughout the western suburbs since 1948. No fee if we don’t win.
What Is Workers’ Compensation?
Workers’ compensation is a mandated state program that provides compensation to employees and workers who have suffered job / work related illnesses and injuries.
State laws govern workers’ compensation benefits. In Illinois, the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Act outlines the rights of injured workers.
Medical expenses – Medical expenses are 100% covered. No deductible or co-pay from insurance is required.
Temporary Total Disability (TTD) – If you need to heal from accidents or injuries taht occurred at work, you are entitled to a weekly lost wage benefit. This sum is calculated based on two-thirds of your average gross weekly wage.
Partial Permanent Disability (PPD) – This benefit is meant to compensate you for your injuries if you suffer from partial loss of the use of a body part. These benefits are determined by what body part is permanently impaired and how that will affect your life ongoing.
Permanent Total Disability (PTD) – If your injury leaves you unable to do any kind of work or you lose two of the same body parts, you are entitled to benefits for life. These benefits are calculated based on two-thirds of your average gross weekly wage.
Wage Loss Differential – If your injury stops you from being able to do your job and therefore you must take a lower paying job, you may be entitled to a benefit equal to two-thirds of the difference between the average gross weekly wages of each job.
Vocational Retraining – If you cannot return to your job due to your accident or injury, then you may be entitled to compensation for retraining within another occupation.
Survivor benefits – If a worker is killed while on the job, then their dependents are eligible for workers’ compensation benefits.
Comprehensive Workers’ Compensation Representation
We can assist with any question or issue you have about Illinois workers’ comp and your rights. We can address choice of doctors, medical care and return to work, tips for dealing with the workers’ compensation insurance adjuster, inability to secure medication, light duty restrictions, weekly benefits (sometimes referred to as temporary total disability benefits or TTD benefits) and negotiation of settlements. We address disputed workers’ compensation claims, nonpayment of benefits and can help you manage your workers’ compensation case.
You can learn more about Illinois Workers Compensation here.
What You Can Do Now to Protect Your Rights
We recommend keeping a diary of the events surrounding your work comp claim.
Keep records of all relevant information, including:
- Date the incident occurred
- Names and addresses of everyone who witnessed the incident
- Name of the foreman or supervisor to whom the incident was reported
- Name of the union official or fellow employee who witnessed the incident report
- Information on all chemicals or equipment that played a role in the incident
- Names and addresses of all places where medical treatment occurred
- Number of days missed from work as a result of the incident
- A copy of the doctor’s excuse from work
Accurate information can prove critical in resolving disputes efficiently and effectively.
Other remedies may be available beyond workers’ compensation. If the injury or illness was the result of a third party such as a property owner or the manufacturer of defective work equipment, a personal injury claim may be filed. This may lead to additional compensation for the pain and suffering caused by the incident, as well as compensation for economic loss and loss of consortium.
Contact Us for a Free Consultation With a Illinois Work Injury Lawyer
Do you want to learn about your options from an experienced Illinois workers’ compensation lawyer? Call us at (630) 264-7300 or send us an e-mail today.