If you are injured or become ill on the job in Illinois, you may be entitled to valuable workers’ compensation benefits, such as comprehensive medical care and disability benefits that cover a portion of your lost wages. Furthermore, you have a right to these benefits no matter who was at fault for the injury, so you don’t need to prove negligence on the part of the employer.
The Illinois workers’ compensation system is complicated, however, and you may quickly learn that obtaining the benefits you need isn’t as straightforward as it should be. Insurance companies will usually try to settle quickly to minimize their payout, or they will look for reasons to deny your claim. Without the help of a seasoned workers’ compensation attorney by your side, you may not receive – or even realize – the full extent of the benefits you’re owed.
If you have suffered a work-related injury or illness, don’t hesitate to get the help of an experienced workers’ compensation attorney. Our attorneys at Spiros Law, P.C. are highly knowledgeable and can work through your claim so that you can get the benefits you deserve. Call us at (217) 443-4343 now. We are ready to help.
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Why You Need A Lawyer
A work-related injury can leave workers struggling in many ways. Physically, the constant and excruciating pain can limit their ability to manage even the simplest of tasks. Emotionally, the inability to work and earn a living can leave them in endless desperation. As a result, they are overwhelmed with worry, and just getting through the day can prove to be difficult.
Having to handle all of that is already too much for anyone. Handling a workers’ comp claim on top of it all can be near impossible.
The process of filing a workers’ compensation claim can be long and complicated. This can discourage many from applying in the first place. Workers that do end up applying may find that the benefits they thought were available don’t cover the costs associated with their injury. Still, others are too intimidated to apply for benefits at all because they fear retaliation from their employer.
At Spiros Law, P.C., we can relieve you of that burden and handle your workers’ comp claim for you. Our skilled workers’ compensation attorneys can take care of your claim so that you have less to worry about. Since we understand the law, we are able to navigate the process capably and efficiently. As a result, you will be more likely to get a better outcome for your claim.
Why Should You Choose Us?
At Spiros Law, P.C., we have earned our reputation as one of Central Illinois’ top personal injury firms since our founding partner, Attorney James D. Spiros, established the practice in 2005. Besides holding a 10.0 “Superb” AVVO rating, we have also received awards from a number of well-respected legal organizations. These include the Million Dollar Advocates Forum and the American Association for Justice.
Likewise, Attorney Spiros’ commitment to excellence has earned him recognition throughout the state of Illinois. Since 2003, he has been named as one of the leading lawyers in the State of Illinois by the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin. In 2019, he was also added to its Advisory Board Member.
In addition, Attorney Spiros has been included in the exclusive Leading Lawyers listing every year since 2004. This is an honor extended only to those lawyers who are the most recommended by their peers in statewide surveys. Finally, he has been recognized as a 2018 Super Lawyer, another listing of outstanding lawyers who have attained high degrees of peer recognition and professional achievement credentials.
It is our dedication to our clients that helps us earn the respect of our peers in the State of Illinois. We are fierce advocates for our cases and consistently strive to achieve the best outcome possible. Spiros Law, P.C. can do the same for you.
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Workers’ Compensation Benefits
Workers’ compensation is one of the most common forms of injury claims. Statistics from the state of Illinois suggest that almost 200,000 people are hurt in work-related accidents every year. However, in the fiscal year 2019, only 37,707 new workers’ compensation claims were filed, suggesting that not everyone is filing a claim.
Workers’ compensation isn’t a privilege, it’s the law. Illinois requires companies that have at least one employee to obtain workers’ compensation insurance. The state itself estimates that 91 percent of all Illinois employees are covered in the event they are injured on the job. However, many employees are unaware that they may be covered or are not getting the full benefits they deserve.
Our experienced workers’ compensation attorneys are extremely well-versed in workers’ compensation law, and they’ll do everything they can to secure the full, comprehensive benefits you’re owed. Following are the different types of workers’ compensation benefits that may be available to you:
- Medical expenses – You’re entitled to medical care to treat and relieve the effects of the work-related injury or illness.
- Temporary total disability (TTD) benefits – You may be entitled to receive two-thirds of your average weekly wage while you’re off of work, recovering from your injury.
- Temporary partial disability (TPD) benefits – If you’re able to work on light duty for less compensation while recovering from your injury, you may be entitled to receive two-thirds of the difference between the average amount you earned pre-injury and the amount you earn while working on light duty.
- Permanent partial disability (PPD) benefits – You may be entitled to benefits if you sustained a permanent disability but are still able to work. There are four different types of PPD benefits that may apply, including wage differential benefits, schedule of injuries benefits, non-schedule injury benefits, and disfigurement benefits.
- Permanent total disability (PTD) benefits – You may be entitled to benefits for life – generally two-thirds of your average weekly wage – if your injury left you permanently unable to work.
- Vocational retraining – You may be eligible for benefits allowing you to participate in an approved vocational rehabilitation program.
- Death/survivor benefits – If an employee is killed as a result of a work injury, their dependents may be eligible for workers’ compensation benefits.
If you have been injured as a result of a workplace injury, Spiros Law, P.C. would like to help. We work with a wide variety of cases, from helping clients file a claim to helping clients appeal a claim that was wrongfully denied.
Contact Spiros Law, P.C. Today
A work-related injury can be serious and even life-altering. It can end up impacting your quality of life, the ability to work in your chosen field, and your financial stability today and for years to come. At Spiros Law, P.C., we have the dedication it takes to fight for your rights following a workplace accident. We have a highly experienced team of attorneys who focus on handling workers’ compensation claims.
Acting quickly will help preserve your right to comprehensive benefits. A skilled workers’ compensation attorney can help obtain the necessary medical reports, witness statements, opinions from expert witnesses, and other evidence needed to support your case and help you receive medical attention and financial benefits that you require.
If you’ve been hurt on the job for any reason, contact Spiros Law, P.C. to talk about your situation and to discuss what we can do to help you seek the benefits you are entitled to. Call us now at (217) 443-4343 for a free, no-obligation consultation.
Frequently Asked Questions
If you have suffered a job-related injury, it is important to understand the workers’ compensation laws in your state. Below are answers to frequently asked workers’ compensation questions that may be helpful.
If you have been injured while on the job, immediately seek medical treatment. You should also report the accident to your supervisor as soon as possible. The report should include the date, time, and circumstances surrounding the injury. It is also highly recommended that you consult with a workers’ compensation attorney in order to discuss your legal options.
In Illinois, you have three years to pursue a workers’ compensation claim. Otherwise, you will lose the right to make the claim altogether.
A person who suffers a work-related injury can still make a workers’ compensation claim and is entitled to recovery regardless of immigration status.
Employers that have at least one employee are required to have workers’ compensation insurance in Illinois. In the event that they don’t, a client can bring an action against the employer to have the workers’ compensation benefits paid for. If you’re not sure if you’re covered under workers’ compensation insurance, an attorney can help you understand your legal rights and options.