Bloomington, IL’s Trusted Choice for Workers’ Compensation Help
Have you been injured at work? Ready to pursue the compensation that you deserve? Call the experienced workers’ compensation attorneys in your area for the best chance of receiving compensation for your injuries. At LaMarca Law Office, P.C., we provide workers’ comp legal assistance to clients in Bloomington, IL and all over Central IL. Additionally, as a locally-owned firm, we understand the needs of clients in this area. With over 24 years’ experience, call our staff to schedule a complimentary consultation of your claim.
What is workers’ compensation?
Workers’ compensation is insurance that all employers are required to have in case of accidents and injuries that take place on the job. This will help the employer pay for medical care and treatments as a result of these workplace injuries. However, workers’ comp claims can get denied, which prompts a hearing with the Workers’ Compensation Commission to decide on your eligibility for benefits.
What to do if injured at work
The process can be tiresome and confusing, but it’s important to make the right choices to ensure yourself the best chance at getting your claim approved. Here’s what you should do if you’re injured on the job.
Get appropriate medical care from a board-certified physician.
Notify your employer within the appropriate amount of time. (45 days in IL)
Never agree to give your employer a recorded statement.
Contact a qualified attorney that can walk you through the process.
Ask your doctor to clearly explain the nature of your injury.
Follow all instructions, recommendations and referrals from your doctor.
Ask for and read the Industrial Commission Handbook.
Request temporary workers’ compensation payments while you’re unable to work.
Never assume your case is too small – always consult a workers’ comp attorney.
Workers’ Comp Medical Coverage
The Workers’ Compensation Act requires that your employer pays for health care related to your injury. Health care has been defined to include first-aid, medical, surgical, and chiropractic treatment. Apart from emergency and hospital services, you may receive treatment from two physicians of your choice. Those two physicians may refer you to as many other physicians, hospitals, or clinics as are reasonable and necessary to treat your injury. This is called the “chain of referral.” If your injury is within the scope of the Act, your reasonable and necessary health care expenses within the “chain of referral” will be paid.
Common Workers’ Compensation Terms
Temporary Total Disability – This means that you’re entitled to benefits while your doctor says that you can’t work.
Permanent Disability – This means that your injury will affect you, in some way, for the rest of your life. This may be true regardless of whether your injury is severe or not.
Vocational Rehabilitation – If an injury prevents you from returning to work, your employer can be required to assist you in finding alternative employment or retrain you.
Denied Claim – Your claim may be denied by your employer or their insurance company for a variety of reasons including failure to notify, waiting too long to claim, and more.
Overuse Syndromes – These common workplace injuries refer to pain that arises from repetitive movement of one part of the body.
Occupational Diseases – This term refers to disease and illnesses that were caused by your working conditions.
Back & Neck Injuries – These are some of the most common injuries no matter what your work conditions are.
Knee, Shoulder & Joint Injuries – These types of injuries can arise in any workplace and treatment, recovery and rehab can be a lengthy process.
Carpal Tunnel – This is a specific overuse syndrome that involves the pinching of the median nerve in your wrist, causing widespread discomfort in the hand and forearm.
Construction Injuries – these are injuries sustained on construction sites. Many times, they are severe, resulting in permanent impairment or total disability.
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