Decatur, IL’s Trusted Choice for Workers’ Compensation Help
Have you fallen at work? Are you receiving treatment? If you’re not sure, call a local workers’ compensation attorney for the help you need. At LaMarca Law Office, P.C., we provide legal services for workers’ comp clients in Decatur, IL and throughout the surrounding areas of Central IL. As a local law firm, we take pride in understanding the needs of people in our local community, allowing us to provide personalized service. Additionally, our staff has over 24 years of experience – contact our staff to schedule a complimentary consultation of your claim!
What is workers’ compensation?
Workers’ compensation refers to insurance that employers must have in the State of Illinois. It covers medical expenses for employees in case of accident or injury on the job. A workers’ compensation claim can also be denied due to a variety of reasons. A denial means you will not receive benefits. To pursue benefits, you’ll have to file for a hearing with the Workers’ Compensation Commission – we can help with this.
What to do if injured at work
The workers’ comp process can cause frustration and confusion. Make sure you’re taking the right steps to ensure yourself the best chance of an approval. Here’s what you should do if you sustain injuries or illnesses because of your workplace.
Receive the proper medical care from your physician.
Notify your employer within the legal timeframe. (45 days in IL)
Do NOT agree to give anyone your recorded statement about the incident — not even your employer.
Contact a workers’ comp attorney that can help you.
Make sure you completely understand the nature of your injury explained by the doctor.
Follow any instructions given by your physician.
Ask for and read the Industrial Commission Handbook.
While you’re unable to work, request temporary benefits.
Don’t assume your case is too small. Always consult a qualified attorney.
Workers’ Comp Medical Coverage
The Workers’ Compensation Act requires that the employer of a company pay the medical expenses of employees that are injured or develop illnesses because of the workplace conditions. Medical care means first-aid treatment, medical, surgical and chiropractic care. Additionally, you’re allowed to use two physicians of your choosing and any doctors that you’re referred to for care. Called the Chain of Referral, it ensures that reasonable and necessary expenses are covered.
Common Workers’ Compensation Terms
Temporary Total Disability – This term means that you’re entitled to benefits while you can’t work and are under your doctor’s care.
Permanent Disability – This term tells you that your disability will affect you, in some way, for the rest of your life.
Vocational Rehabilitation – If an injury prevents you from performing your normal tasks, you may be entitled to vocational training covered by your employer or the employer must retain you.
Denied Claim – A claim can be denied due to a number of reasons such as improper filing, incorrect information and more.
Overuse Syndromes – These refer to pain that arises because of the repetitive use of one part of your body such as carpal tunnel.
Occupational Diseases – This describes illnesses and diseases that happen because of poor or unsanitary workplace conditions.
Back & Neck Injuries – Back and neck injuries are common in all industries, from offices to warehouses.
Knee, Shoulder & Joint Injuries – Knee, shoulder and joint injuries may involve serious surgical treatments and lengthy recovery periods.
Carpal Tunnel – This is an overuse syndrome. It happens when the median never is pinched, causing pain in the affected arm.
Construction Injuries – Due to the dangerous nature of the job, construction injuries are common and may be severe, causing permanent impairment or total disability.
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