Have you been injured while working? You may be entitled to benefits paid by your employer, or its insurance company. Illinois law provides for these benefits, regardless of fault, for injuries that are caused in whole or part by your work. These benefits can be extremely helpful as you recover from your injuries, but you should understand the benefits of speaking to a workers’ compensation lawyer before making any decisions.
They Put Your Interests First
It is your lawyer’s job to put your interests first and ensure that you are treated fairly. Most employers carry workers’ compensation insurance, and a few are self-insured. While your employer may genuinely care about you, the insurance company that will be paying your benefits probably does not. Insurance companies are businesses that are focused on their bottom lines and avoiding paying out when possible.
They Understand the Law
The Illinois workers’ compensation system is governed by state law and administered by a commission. There are time limitations on how long you have to file a claim and rules for how to file a claim. Working with a workers’ compensation lawyer will ensure that you understand and follow the applicable rules.
They Explain Your Rights and Options
It is important to understand that once your settlement contract is approved by the state commission, you will generally not be eligible to recover any other benefits for your injuries, even if your condition worsens in the future. You should also understand that you have a right to file a claim without fear of retaliation by your employer.
If you have been injured, it is important to find an experienced workers’ compensation lawyer. At McCready, Garcia & Leet, P.C., we have a proven track record of successfully handling these types of cases. We will aggressively advocate for you, so call (773) 779-9885 to schedule a free initial consultation.