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Workers' compensation matters in Illinois

While a worker who is injured on the job is entitled to seek benefits based on the state's workers' compensation law, it may be important to have all aspects of a claim evaluated to ensure that thorough consideration is given by the Illinois Workers' Compensation Commission. This entity oversees decisions, making approvals or denials. Accurate and efficient reporting is one of many issues to consider in making sure that your claim portrays the extent of the impact an injury has had on your daily living and ability to work.

Benefits provided through workers' compensation may include medical care, disability compensation, vocational rehabilitation, and death benefits. In cases of medical care, it may be important to ensure that a condition resulting from a work-related injury is effectively relieved or cured. In cases of temporary total disability, a worker may be eligible for payments while unable to work during the recovery period. In some cases, light work might be possible, but an employee may still be eligible for some benefits for temporary partial disability. If you are injured to the extent that you cannot return to your current line of work, vocational rehabilitation might be warranted.

Permanent partial or total disabilities related to workplace injuries may allow you to receive ongoing compensation. In case of your death due to a workplace injury, your surviving family members may be able to receive related benefits. If a claim is denied, legal representation may be important during the appeals process as well.

It is important to seek medical assistance promptly and to report a workplace injury as soon as possible to ensure that the issue is documented. It may also be helpful to gather supporting information from others who may have witnessed an accident on the job. You can learn more about the issues and benefits by visiting our workers' compensation page.

Source: Foote, Mielke, Chavez & O'Neil, LLC, "Chicago Workers' Compensation Attorneys", October 15, 2014

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