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Effectively achieving Workers' Compensation benefits

If you or a loved one are dealing with a serious injury or illness that you believe is linked to a job-related incident or hazard, you may have grounds to pursue workers' compensation benefits. Unfortunately, however, the process of filing a workers' comp claim can be long and frustrating, and many initial claims result in rejection. Being well acquainted with Illinois workers' compensation guidelines can go a long way to help ensure that you and your family receive the financial support and resources that you need. The attorneys at Foote, Mielke, Chavez & O'Neil, L.L.C., are well-versed in the injury claims and denial process, and are invested in upholding the rights of workers' compensation claimants.

One of the biggest difficulties that you as an injury victim can confront is gaining access to the appropriate type and level of workers' compensation benefits that you are entitled to. The Illinois Workers' Compensation Commission administers judicial review of all claims that are submitted, and has the authority to deny or approve claims. Besides rejecting your initial claim altogether, it is possible for the Commission to only approve a portion of the medical expenses and/or disability benefits awarded to you. That does not necessarily mean, however, that you couldn't receive everything from a lump sum settlement to regular temporary disability benefits to covered medical expenses. Achieving the full amount of workers' comp benefits often comes down to understanding how to navigate the claims process.

Another important thing to keep in mind is that the type and amount of benefits that you are awarded can depend largely upon the nature and severity of the work-related injury or illness that you sustained. If you are able to work in some capacity after sustaining some permanent disfigurement or disability, for instance, you could qualify for permanent partial disability benefits. Being awarded temporary total disability benefits would be appropriate if you are taking time off of work to recover from an injury.

There are a huge number of factors that can come into play when filing for workers' compensation benefits. Learn more about how to achieve compensation for lost wages and medical expenses by visiting our web page today.

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