What is Workers’ Compensation?
Workers’ compensation, often referred to as work comp or workman’s comp, entitles you to collect benefits for injuries that occur on the job or as a result of job-related duties. This compensation can cover medical bills, long-term injuries, and partial wage reimbursement depending on the circumstances and extent of your injuries. If you’re wondering what to do if you’re injured at work, contact a workers’ compensation attorney in Chicago today.
Possible Benefits to Claim After an Injury
You have certain legal rights following a work-related injury, and with Rubens and Kress you’ll have the benefit of years of experience to help you understand those rights. Here are some of the benefits for which you could be eligible if you get hurt at work:
- The law in Illinois dictates that your employer must cover all necessary and reasonable medical bills incurred due to work-related injuries.
- If you suffer a permanent injury while on the job, you may be entitled to collect compensation as a result.
- In some cases, your employer may have to pay you two-thirds of your average weekly wage for the time you miss as a result of your injury.
- If your work-related injuries prevent you from returning to your job, your employer will have to assist you in finding new employment or pay part of your lost income. Your employer may still have to pay a portion of your income if you have to take a job with lower pay.
Additional Workers’ Compensation Information
Additionally, there are some important facts you should know about Illinois law as it applies to workers’ compensation claims:
- The Illinois Workers’ Compensation Act guarantees coverage for repetitive trauma injuries such as carpal tunnel syndrome.
- Due to the “no fault” nature of the Illinois workers’ compensation system, you don’t have to prove negligence on the part of your employer.
- All money received as a result of a workers’ compensation claim is tax-free.
It’s a lot to take in, especially when you’re trying to understand how to maintain your own financial security following a debilitating work injury. Thankfully, the experts at Rubens and Kress are here to help you navigate the law and receive the benefits you deserve.
If you have any questions or would like to schedule a consultation, we can be reached at (312) 201-9640 or contacted online.