If you have been hurt on the job or fallen ill as a result of your work environment, you may be eligible to receive financial compensation to cover your medical bills and income lost during recovery. Read on to learn more about workers’ compensation law and how it may relate to your situation.
Who Is Eligible for Workers’ Compensation?
Employees who were hired or who became injured while working in Illinois are generally covered by the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Act. Exceptions may include volunteers, independent contractors, and entrepreneurs.
What Injuries Are Covered Under Workers’ Compensation Law?
Compensation can be sought for most injuries and illnesses that directly relate to a person’s job. These include strain due to physical exertion or repetitive motion, disease relating to exposure to dangerous substances, and harm caused by improper safety practices on the part of the employer.
What Types of Benefits Are Available?
Depending on the severity and scope of the injury, a worker may receive a number of different benefits. Temporary Total Disability (TTD) benefits cover employees who will eventually be able to resume work, comprising two-thirds of the worker’s average weekly wage (AWW). Temporary Partial Disability (TPD) recognizes when an employee can work in a limited capacity during recovery, paying two-thirds of the difference between his or her new wages and former AWW. Permanent Partial Disability (PPD) benefits are offered in varying amounts to employees who are permanently left with reduced capacity, while Permanent Total Disability (PTD) cases involve the loss of the use of two or more body parts and award two-thirds of an employee’s AWW for life.
For the answer to all of your questions regarding workers’ compensation, or to learn how to file a workers’ compensation claim, call Malman Law at (312) 983-6193. Since 1994, our personal injury attorneys have helped injured workers seek the benefits they deserve. Call today to schedule your free consultation with one of our experienced personal injury lawyers.
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