Chicago Workers’ Compensation Attorney
Trusted Legal Advocacy for Cook County – 312.702.0878
The Illinois Workers’ Compensation Act permits most workers and employees
within the state to collect nontaxable monetary compensation while recovering
or after suffering an injury at work, on-the-job, or while performing
a work-related task. The process is meant to be simple enough for any
worker to accomplish without delay or worry. Employers or insurance companies
that are more concerned about bottom lines than employee wellbeing, however,
might make an effort to complicate the process or ultimately eliminate
the benefits the injured worker receives.
Ahmad Law Firm and our Chicago workers’ compensation attorneys can
step in and advocate on behalf of injured workers in the city, Cook County,
and beyond. We are known for our tenacious and aggressive approach to
criminal defense cases, and we bring the same amount of diligence and persistence when representing
clients in workers’ comp cases. You deserve every last penny of
available workers’ compensation coverage – let us be the team
that supports you in your legal endeavor after your claim is rejected
Learn more about workers’ compensation by scheduling a free consultation
with our lawyers.
Liability in Workers’ Compensation Claims
After a workers’ compensation claim is denied, it is understandable
that many claimants think that they might not have been eligible for workers’
compensation benefits due to their own liability in the workplace accident.
This is a misunderstanding, though. A workers’ compensation claim
is not a personal injury claim, and liability is not considered a factor
in the vast majority of cases. An employee can tell his or her employer
directly that he or she was the only one present during the accident and
that he or she is to blame and still be eligible for full workers’
There are only a few reasons why a worker would not be able to collect
workers’ comp benefits:
- The worker is ineligible for workers’ compensation due to employment
classification; for example, independent contractors are often considered
ineligible for workers’ comp.
- The worker was not on-the-job or performing any job-related activity when injured.
- The worker was engaging in conduct that directly violated company policy
- The worker was carrying out a serious crime, such as assault or theft,
- The worker intentionally inflicted his or her own injuries.
- The worker started a physical conflict with another party while on-the-job
and was injured.
For more information about workers’ compensation eligibility, you
can call our Chicago workers’ comp attorneys at 312.702.0878.
Typical Workers’ Compensation Process
After a worker is injured during regular employment duties, he or she is
expected to notify the employer or a supervisor as soon as possible. According
to Illinois law, an employee who waits longer than 45 days to report an
accident or injury might be denied workers’ compensation benefits.
There is some flexibility in this requirement. If the employer or supervisor
should have reasonably known about the injury without being told directly
about the incident from the injured worker, then it could be held in court
later that the statute does not apply. For example, a supervisor should
know if a worker falls off a ladder in the middle of the store in front
of other employees and shoppers.
Injured workers should also be sent to an approved physician, sometimes
chosen by the employer’s insurance group, for a medical evaluation
and necessary treatments. Employers are next expected to report the workplace
accident to their insurance provider at the first possible opportunity.
Medical reports and statements from the injured party will be filed with
the report as well, assuming the injured party was capable of providing
testimony after the accident.
The insurance company must then reply within a reasonable amount of time,
such as a business week, and announce if the claim was denied or accepted.
Denied claims can be appealed.
Get to Work on Your Workers’ Compensation Claim Today
Are you concerned about some of the details of the Illinois workers’
compensation process? Did you tell your employer about your accident but
your claim was not taken seriously? Has your claim been denied without
a valid explanation by an insurance company?
If you answered ‘yes’ to any of these questions, Ahmad Law
Firm and our Chicago workers’ compensation attorneys can help you
set things straight and decide what to do next. As you will see while
working with our law firm, we are passionate about getting people the
justice and financial reward they deserve. Call
contact us online to request a
no-cost, no-obligation case evaluation.