What rights do I have when injured on the job in Illinois?

Most workers who are injured in Will County are not aware of their rights. A good Will County workers’ compensation lawyer can help. Some of the rights you are entitled to if you suffer a work-related injury are:

Temporary Disability Payments

While off work due to an accident, your employer is obligated to pay a percentage equal to roughly 67% of your weekly pay.

Your Choice of Doctors

You may see 2 doctors of your choice and your employer must pay all reasonable and necessary medical expenses of these doctors. If these two doctors of your choice refer you to other doctors, your employer must pay the bills from these doctors too.

Permanent Disability Benefit

You are entitled to permanent disability benefits. This represents a settlement for your permanent injuries. This permanent disability settlement is based on a formula taking into consideration the worker’s wages along with body part(s) affected. It is vital to wait until your medical treatment has ceased and you are medically released by your doctor before accepting a settlement. If you settle too soon, you may not be settling for your “full” injury.

Vocational Rehabilitation Benefits

If you cannot return to you former job because of limitations caused by your work injury, you are entitled to assistance in finding subsequent employment. Vocational rehabilitation returns you to the employment market. Methods of this rehabilitation includes retraining in a manner that you acquire the skills necessary to return to gainful employment.

An experienced Will County attorney, like those at Hamilton & Antonsen, Ltd., is vital to obtain the compensation you and your family deserve. We are a firm who can help win your case and get you the maximum dollar for your injury. Once you hire the right lawyer, there is not much else for you to do, but to continue following your treatment and provide you attorney with the information he or she requests.