Workers’ Compensation Benefits
Chicago Workers’ Compensation Attorney – 312.702.0878
After you are injured on-the-job or in a way that is work-related, you
might be able to collect workers’ compensation benefits depending
on your eligibility. Workers’ compensation benefits in Illinois
are typically comprised of financial payments equal to two-thirds of the
employee’s usual pay rate and on the same pay schedule. Complications
can arise when an insurance company does not offer the correct amount
of compensation benefits, or denied the claim entirely.
Ahmad Law Firm and our Chicago workers’ compensation attorneys can
help you understand workers’ compensation benefits and fight for
them in and out of court. Contact our firm
today to begin.
Temporary & Permanent Disability Benefits
Workers’ compensation benefits in Illinois will be rewarded to employees
based on whether they are expected to be able to return to work, or if
they will never be able to return to the same occupation or any occupation
due to the extent of their injuries. The former is known as temporary
disability benefits, and the latter is permanent disability benefits,
which can be further divided into total or partial.
What sort of workers’ compensation benefit category should you be
granted for your workplace injury?
Temporary disability: Your doctor expects that you can return to work within a reasonable amount
of time in relation to the injury severity. The benefits will continue
until you are declared to have reached your maximum medical improvement
(MMI). Illinois does not require workers’ compensation to be paid
for your first three days of missed work unless you eventually miss 14
total days. The current weekly benefit cap is set at $1,435.17; this number
is recalculated twice a year for inflation and cost of living. You can
return to “light-duty” work and still receive temporary disability benefits.
Permanent total: Your doctor does not expect you to ever return to any sort of work, no
matter how much time transpires. You will receive disability payments
each week for the rest of your life. Only the most severe of injury cases
will likely be granted permanent total disability.
Permanent partial: Your doctor states that you will never fully recover from your work-related
injury but could feasibly return to work, perhaps with retraining. Illinois
uses four schedules of permanent partial disability benefits, each rewarding
different amounts for different types of disabilities.
Many workers’ compensation claims are challenged by insurers not
because they do not believe the accident occurred in a work-related context
but rather because they do not believe a certain level of disability occurred.
Our workers’ compensation lawyers in Chicago can help you form an
argument and construct a case that proves your injuries’ severity
and your need for a fair level of benefits.
Workers’ Comp Benefits That May Be Available to You
When an injured worker is given workers’ compensation benefits, the
amount should cover any necessary medical bills and a portion of the lost
wages (2/3). Any sort of benefit or compensation beyond that will vary
between one case and the next. You might not be initially offered a form
of compensation you believe is necessary, and may need our help to fight for it.
Additional types of compensation available in Illinois but not guaranteed are:
- Disfigurement awards
- Wage differential
- Mileage reimbursement
- Employment retraining
- Survivors benefits
- Funeral and burial costs
Seek Justice & Compensation with Confidence – Call 312.702.0878
Our Chicago and Arlington Heights workers’ compensation attorneys
make it simple for you to stand up to unjust employers and insurance companies
that do not want to provide you with the compensation benefits you need
and deserve. We are highly rated on Avvo for our skills, ethics, and client-focused
approach to casework. Whether you need permanent total disability benefits
or just temporary disability benefits for a comparatively minor injury,
we are the legal team you can trust to manage your case responsibly from
start to finish.
You can learn more about your rights and our services for free. Schedule a no-cost consultation