Workers’ Compensation benefits are available to injured employees in Illinois if the injury arises out of and in the course of their employment. Typically, as long as the origin of the injury was connected in some way to a risk associated with the worker’s employment, then the “causal connection” test will be satisfied. Generally, workers’ compensation in Illinois is a fault-free system. As a result, it is usually irrelevant whether an employee’s injury was caused by the negligence of their employer, coworkers, or their own negligence. It usually does not even matter if the act giving rise to the risk is in violation of an employer’s policy. As long as the injured worker is engaged in activities connected in some way to his or her employment which cause the accident, then the injured worker should qualify for benefits under the Workers’ Compensation Act.
If you have been injured as a result of a work-related accident, you are entitled to have all of your reasonable and related medical bills paid by your employer. You are also entitled to payment of disability benefits while you are temporarily unable to work while you recover from your injury. These benefits, known as temporary total disability benefits (TTD), should amount to 2/3 of your average weekly wage tax-free. If your employer is failing to fully pay either of these benefits, you should immediately contact an attorney who can fight for your right to receive the compensation which you are entitled to as a matter of law.
After being released from related medical treatment, normally the employee is entitled to receive a lump sum settlement or award as compensation for the permanent impairment caused by the work injury. This benefit is intended to compensate the injured worker for the partial loss of use of the injured body part, as well as the loss in earning capacity resulting from the injury.
Attorney Brent Eames has a proven track record of maximizing compensation on behalf of his injured clients, securing millions of dollars in recoveries in workers’ compensation claims over the course of his career. If you have suffered a work-related injury, please contact Brent Eames for a free consultation.