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Work injuries in Illinois

An injury in the workplace can be frustrating if it affects your ability to continue working. Even seemingly minor injuries can have serious implications, especially if an infection or other complication arises. In the face of financial stresses, it may be tempting to accept a workers' compensation settlement, but you may want to consider discussing the situation with an experienced lawyer first. Your employer's insurance for workers' compensation may address medical expenses and may provide cash assistance if you are prevented from working while recovering, but it may be prudent to carefully research additional options.

In most cases, an employee's acceptance of benefits through workers' compensation may result in the loss of any rights to additional compensation through that employer via litigation. Exceptions may be made if it can be demonstrated that criminal negligence contributed to your workplace accident. It may be beneficial to your employer and to the workers' compensation system to settle because this may limit the amount to be paid on your behalf. However, this may not benefit you if the injury carries long-term implications.

In some cases, additional parties may be involved in the issues that have contributed to your accident. While your immediate medical needs may be addressed through workers' compensation insurance, negligence issues might be attributed to property conditions, subcontractor activities, equipment defects or even willful misconduct by a co-worker. In such scenarios, a third-party suit might be considered in addition to workers' compensation.

If you are recovering from a workplace injury, it may be prudent to discuss the incident that caused the injury with a lawyer who is experienced in handling such cases. As you explain how the accident occurred, a lawyer may identify potential issues that might be addressed through a third-party suit or that may demonstrate criminal negligence. Visit our workers' compensation page for additional information.

Source: FMCO Law, "Work Injuries", August 21, 2014

Source: FMCO Law, "Work Injuries", August 21, 2014

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