Q: I was badly hurt while at work. Under the Illinois workers’ compensation law, what benefits am I entitled to receive?
Being hurt on the job is a traumatic experience, particularly when your injuries are severe or life-changing. The medical bills you incur to treat your injuries can be very expensive. You may also be out of work and unable to earn your regular paycheck after being badly hurt. This can all add up very quickly. You should not have to pay the price for this.
The following are a few types of benefits you may be eligible to receive in your Illinois workers’ compensation claim:
- Replacement Wages. If you were badly hurt, you had to miss some amount of work to treat and recover from your injuries. The amount of time you have to miss work may be longer than the available amount of sick time that you have under your contract. Instead of having to lose valuable income that you and your family rely on, you can file a workers’ compensation claim to recoup some of the lost wages.
- Permanent Partial Disability. Permanent disability does not have to limit you completely. If you are partially disabled but still able to perform some areas of work that you once did, you may not be able to earn as much as you once did. This may make you eligible to receive compensation for your lost earning potential.
- Total Permanent Disability. In serious injuries, your doctor may determine that you are fully disabled and unable to perform the functions of your job. This can displace you from your occupation for the rest of your life. When this happens, you may be eligible for long-term disability benefits.
Filing for benefits can be a difficult process. Contact the Collinsville workers’ compensation lawyers at the Giacoletto Law Firm for help getting the benefits you deserve from your claim. Call us at 618-346-8841 or toll free at 888-346-8841 to speak today with an experienced Madison or St. Clair County workers' compensation attorney centrally located in Collinsville.