3 Signs You May Have a Workers' Compensation Claim

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    For many people who work in high-risk environments, workplace injury is a fact of life. Unfortunately, most injured workers end up getting far less than they deserve from insurance companies after they have suffered an injury in the course of their work. In some cases, however, you may be able to work with a personal injury lawyer to get the financial compensation you rightfully deserve for your work-related injury. If you have suffered one or more of the following injuries at work, contact an injury lawyer today to file your workers’ compensation claim:

    1.     Back Injury – Whether you are suffering from broken or fractured vertebrae, disc degeneration, or some other type of back injury, chances are you have grounds to file a worker’s compensation claim. While individuals whose work involves heavy lifting are more susceptible to back injuries, workers who have sedentary jobs are also at risk of experiencing back pain due to poorly designed workstations.

    2.     Knee Injury – Knee injuries can extremely painful and can seriously debilitate you throughout your life. Normal activities like walking and exercising become unbearably painful, thus decreasing your quality of life and compromising your health. Workers are vulnerable to several knee injuries, including damaged MCLs or PCLs. If you have suffered a knee injury at work, contact a personal injury attorney today.

    3.     Brain Injury – In addition to physical injuries like dislocated shoulders or torn MCLs, workers can also file workers' compensation for brain injuries. If you are a truck driver, for example, and have suffered whiplash in an accident, this may be grounds for compensation. Brain injuries can have significant consequences on your quality of life and overall earning potential, so contact a lawyer today to ensure that you receive the compensation you deserve.

    Filing for workers' compensation can be a drawn-out process that involves resistance from insurance companies. For this reason, it is imperative to have a professional injury attorney on your team that will fight for your interests. To learn more about workers' compensation claims, call Malman Law at (312) 983-6193. Since 1994, Malman Law has been committed to protecting the rights of the injured in the Chicago area.

    Questions to Ask Your Personal Injury Lawyer about Wrongful Death

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    Losing a loved one can be a traumatic experience. In addition to the emotional toll wrought by the death of a relative, there are also financial issues that can arise due to lost income. Fortunately, wrongful death claims give the family of the deceased legal recourse to help them receive compensation when their loved one’s death was caused by the negligence of another party. If you think this may be the case, then be sure to ask your personal injury lawyer the following questions about wrongful death claims:

    • What Are Wrongful Death Claims?

    Wrongful death claims can help allay any fears you may have about your financial well-being after the loss of a loved one. In cases where the deceased family member was the primary breadwinner, wrongful death can lead to serious financial issues. Filing a claim is a way to help you and your family receive the compensation you deserve.

    • Who Can File a Wrongful Death Claim?

    In the state of Illinois, only a spouse or next of kin are allowed to file a wrongful death claim. However, siblings and cousins do not have the right to file a wrongful death claim unless they have been named a personal representative of the decedent.

    • What Do Wrongful Death Claims Cover?

    When you file for a wrongful death claim, you can claim compensation for a variety of things. For example, damages from a wrongful death claim can include expenses related to death, loss of benefits and future income, the emotional damage of lost companionship, and in some cases even punitive damage.

    If you have recently lost a loved one in an accident, consult a personal injury attorney immediately. To learn more about wrongful death claims, or to simply talk to an attorney about your situation, call Malman Law at (312) 983-6193. Our experienced attorneys will do everything they can to make your financial future secure following the wrongful death of a loved one.

    Personal Injury Claims: Truck Accidents

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    When it comes to personal injury claims, truck accidents are often more complicated than conventional automobile accidents. This is mainly due to the sheer size of trucks and the severity of the accidents they are often involved in. Fortunately, an experienced personal injury attorney can help you collect the evidence you need in order to file a credible claim and get the compensation you deserve.

    To learn more about truck accidents and personal injury claims, call Malman Law at (312) 983-6193. Not only are we familiar with Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations and state commercial vehicle regulations, but we also know what to look for when determining liability or negligence. In other words, our personal injury lawyers can help you get the financial compensation you deserve for the pain and suffering caused by your truck accident. Call or contact us online to schedule your free initial consultation.

    Looking for More Resources to Help with Your Personal Injury?

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    If you or a loved one has been injured, you need to act quickly to protect your rights. To learn more about several types of personal injury and the legal matters surrounding them, take a moment to look through these websites.

    To contact a personal injury attorney in Chicago, call (312) 983-6193 to reach Malman Law.

     

    Common Factors that Can Complicate a Workers' Compensation Claim

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    Though all workers are entitled to workers’ compensation benefits if they are injured on the job, claiming those benefits is not always easy. Your employer may try to deny you the compensation you need based on one of the following factors:

    • Preexisting medical condition. Your employer may attribute your injury to a preexisting illness or an old injury, or your employer may insist that this prior condition or injury exacerbated its severity unnecessarily. This is often untrue, and a qualified workers’ compensation attorney can help you discredit these accusations to get the payment you need.
    • Employment status. Independent contractors are generally not covered under an employer’s workers’ compensation plan; however, Illinois recognizes a narrow definition of independent contractor. If your employer can control factors like when you work or whether you wear a uniform, you are not an independent contractor for workers’ compensation purposes. Determining your employment status for these purposes is difficult, and your employer may try to prove that he is not obligated to pay your workers’ compensation insurance.
    • Defective products. When injured on the job, you deserve workers’ compensation benefits; however, these benefits will not always cover all of the costs of your injuries. If your injury was caused by a defective tool or other product you were working with, you may also be able to take legal action against the manufacturer. This is a type of third-party claim that requires the assistance of an attorney.
    • Outside party. Accidents in the workplace are not always caused by factors related to your job. For example, an outside company responsible for cleaning and maintaining the building where you work could forget to clear ice from the outside steps, causing you to fall. This is another type of third-party claim, and its complexities require an experienced attorney to assist you.

    Malman Law knows that a workplace injury can change your life, especially if you have trouble obtaining workers’ compensation benefits. To discuss your legal options for getting the benefits you deserve, call (312) 983-6193.

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