Jacksonville, IL’s Trusted Choice for Workers’ Compensation Help
Are you out of work because of an injury at your workplace? It’s time you called a local workers’ compensation lawyer that can help you navigate this legal situation. At LaMarca Law Office, P.C., we understand the needs of people in the Jacksonville, IL community, and we provide legal assistance to injured workers from all industries. Additionally, our staff possesses over 24 years of legal experience, and we use it to ensure you the best chance of winning your case. Contact our staff to get started by scheduling your free legal consultation!
What is workers’ compensation?
Workers’ compensation is a term that describes insurance that all employers must have in the State of Illinois. This insurance provides coverage for medical treatments that result from accidents and injuries that happen in the workplace. A workers’ comp claim may also get denied. In that case, you’d have to file for a hearing with the Workers’ Compensation Commission to decide on your eligibility for benefits.
What to do if injured at work
It’s no secret – the workers’ comp process can be tiresome, troubling, and confusing. However, it’s important that you do everything right to ensure yourself the best opportunity at benefits. These are the things you should be doing if you’re injured on the job!
Seek medical treatment from your physician, not your employer’s.
Tell your employer that you were injured within the proper amount of time. (45 days in IL)
Do not give a recorded statement to anyone.
Talk to a qualified attorney about your situation.
Make sure your doctor clearly explains the nature of your injury.
Follow any instructions that were given by your doctor.
Ask for and read the Industrial Commission Handbook.
Request temporary workers’ comp benefits while you can’t work.
Always consult an attorney – your case is never too small.
Workers’ Comp Medical Coverage
The Workers’ Compensation Act tells us that an employer must pay the expenses for the medical care relating to injuries or illnesses that you received on the job. This could include first-aid, medical, surgical and chiropractic care. Additionally, in the State of Illinois, you’re allowed to see two doctors of your choosing and any doctors they refer you to for reasonable and necessary care – this is covered under the ‘Chain of Referral.’
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 refers to illnesses and conditions that happen because of a poorly maintained or unsanitary workplace.
Back & Neck Injuries – This 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.
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.
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1118 South Sixth Street, Springfield, IL 62703, (217) 492-9000, Bill LaMarca