Trusted Workers’ Compensation Lawyer Decatur Illinois
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 Illinois and throughout the surrounding areas of Central Illinois. 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 30 years of experience – contact our staff to schedule a complimentary consultation of your claim, including:
• Temporary Total Disability
• Permanent Disability
• Vocational Rehabilitation
• Denied Claim
• Knee, Shoulder & Joint Injuries
• Overuse Syndromes
• Occupational Diseases
• Back & Neck Injuries
• Spinal & Spinal Cord Injuries
• Carpal Tunnel
• Construction Injuries
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 I'm 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.
• Get appropriate medical care from a qualified physician.
• Notify your employer within 45 days in Illinois.
• 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.
• Read the Illinois Worker’s Compensation Commission Handbook.
• Request temporary workers’ compensation payments.
• Never assume your case is too small – always consult an 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 – You’re entitled to benefits from your employer while you’re under the care of your doctor and unable to work.
Permanent Disability – This term means that your injury will affect you, in some way, for the rest of your life.
Vocational Rehabilitation – When an injury prevents you from returning to work, your employer may be responsible for vocational training or retaining services for another position.
Denied Claim – Any claim can be denied by your employer or the insurance company for a variety of reasons.
Overuse Syndromes – These are common workplace injuries that happen because of the repetitive overuse of a specific body part.
Occupational Diseases – Occupation diseases refer to illnesses and conditions that happen because of a poorly maintained or unsanitary workplace.
Back & Neck Injuries – These are common workplace injuries whether you work in an office or a warehouse.
Knee, Shoulder & Joint Injuries – Knee, shoulder, and joint injuries can be severe, requiring serious medical treatment and lengthy recovery periods.
Spinal & Spinal Cord Injuries – These are the most serious injuries that we deal with – call us if you’ve received a debilitating injury!
Carpal Tunnel – This is the pinching of the median nerve in your forearm. It’s an overuse syndrome and may cause widespread pain.
Construction Injuries – Construction injuries are common due to the nature of the job. Many times, they result in total disability or permanent impairment.
Factories in Central Illinois
Archer Daniels Midland
Graphic Packaging International
JM Huber Corporation