Illinois workers have rights that protect them in the workplace and in the event of workplace accidents that lead to serious injury. Unfortunately, some employers and insurance companies are experts at concealing exactly what those rights are. When it comes to workers' compensation, it is often best to be vigilant when asserting your rights.
In 2011, Illinois made changes to its workers' compensation laws, making matters much more complicated than necessary. For the average worker, it can be next to impossible to sift through all of the necessary information. Some may think that they can rely on the insurance company to provide valuable input, but these companies are typically more focused on their bottom line than truly helping injured workers.
Workers' compensation is intended to cover important financial costs and medical care for workers suffering the ill-effects of a workplace injury. However, it is not always clear exactly what workers' comp should be covering. No matter what the insurance companies or your employer may say, it can help with all of the following:
- Lost wages
- Medical bills and prescription drug costs related to an injury
- Vocational rehabilitation
- Permanent wage loss
Without workers' compensation benefits, injured workers would likely be unable to handle the financial impact of a work-related injury, and may miss out on necessary medical treatment. Unfortunately, employers and insurance companies in Illinois continually try to deny workers the benefits that they deserve. We have provided vigorous and professional guidance to countless injured workers, ensuring that their rights are upheld and respected as they seek necessary benefits through workers' compensation.