Spiros Law, P.C. Partner Sandy Loeb was recently featured on radio interviews with WFAV Favorite Hits, WVLI The Valley, and WIVR River Country in Kankakee. During the interviews, Sandy discussed what is happening at Spiros right now during the COVID-19 pandemic and workers still have rights even if they are laid off or furloughed.
Sandy reminded listeners that although our physical offices are closed, Spiros is still representing clients, while staff members are able to work remotely from home. All phone and computer systems are running, and clients have the ability to contact the office through online chat, email, over the phone, or even through video conferences.
As many people are furloughed or get laid off, they become concerned about how this pandemic affects their workers’ compensation claims. Sandy went over basic information about how workers’ compensation claims function. If you are injured during the course of your employment, Spiros Law can assist you in making sure medical costs, time off work, and any permanent effects are financially covered. This right to injured workers’ continues even if they have left the job they were injured at or are unable to work due to being laid off or furloughed.
Sandy also mentioned the Illinois emergency rule in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, which allows first responders and frontline workers to bring a workers’ compensation claim if they were to contract the coronavirus during their employment. This order covers a vast number of industries including healthcare, law enforcement, production, financial institutions, production, shipping, transportation, manufacturing, trade services, and many others. During the interviews, Sandy reminded listeners that in order to bring a workers’ compensation claim it must be filed within three years of the injury, except for special circumstances which can be discussed with an attorney.
To wrap up the interviews, Sandy told listeners that Spiros does not charge any client until their case is resolved. At Spiros, we offer free consultations with clients to discuss their legal situations and answer any questions they may have. Our attorneys do all the legal work while our clients have the ability to solely focus on their recovery. If you have suffered an injury at your workplace, or you are a frontline worker that has contracted COVID-19 on the job, you may be entitled to compensation. Contact one of our attorneys today, or chat with one of our staff members online or over email.
The full interview can be heard below.