Illinois Workers’ Compensation Attorney
The complexities of Illinois workers’ compensation law can be confusing for those who have not studied it extensively. Fortunately, the team at Rubens and Kress is here to help you understand your rights and any possible recourse you have if you suffer an injury on the job.
While there is no substitute for talking face-to-face with an experienced Illinois workers’ compensation attorney about your claim, you can keep reading for some basic information you should know about.
Does My Employer Have to Cover My Medical Expenses?
Generally, your employer is obligated to cover all necessary and reasonable medical expenses involved in treating your work-related injury.
Though your employer is responsible for covering reasonable medical expenses, you are entitled to choose the doctor who treats you (though you are generally limited to two choices of doctors).
Does My Injury Have to Occur on the Job?
The injury does not need to be caused entirely from the course of your employment — you are also eligible for workers’ compensation if performing your job aggravates a pre-existing injury. You do not need to prove negligence on the part of your employer in order to receive compensation.
It is also important to note that if you are injured by a third party while on the job, you may be eligible to collect compensation from that party in addition to pursuing a workers’ compensation claim.
Do I Still Get Paid While on Leave for Workers’ Compensation?
Under most circumstances, your employer may be responsible for reimbursing you for two-thirds of your average weekly wage for time missed due to your work-related injury.
What If I Can’t Return to My Previous Job?
If you are unable to return to your job as a result of your work-related injury, your employer is responsible for helping you find new employment. If you have to take a job with lower wages, your employer may be responsible for reimbursing you for a portion of your lost income.
Can I Be Fired for Initiating a Workers’ Compensation Claim?
It is against Illinois law for an employer to harass you or terminate your employment because you have initiated a workers’ compensation claim. If you think you have been terminated due to your claim, you should contact an Illinois workers’ compensation lawyer immediately.
Choose Rubens and Kress When You Need an Illinois Workers’ Compensation Attorney
If you are seeking to initiate a workers’ compensation claim in Illinois, turn to a Chicago law office with extensive experience handling such cases: Rubens and Kress. There is no fee unless you collect, so if you need an experienced Illinois workers’ compensation attorney, don’t hesitate to contact Rubens and Kress online, call our office at (312) 201-9640, or call toll-free at (866) 890-9640.