Quincy, IL’s Trusted Choice for Workers’ Compensation Help
Are you losing wages because you’re injured, and they denied your claim? Call a local workers’ compensation lawyer for the help you need to pursue the benefits that you deserve. At LaMarca Law Office, P.C., we provide legal aid to clients in the Quincy, IL area that have suffered workplace injuries. In fact, we understand the needs of clients in this community, and we use that knowledge to provide legal services that help in these difficult situations. With over 24 years of experience, know that you’re making the right choice for representation – call to schedule a consultation today!
What is workers’ compensation?
While this may seem like a difficult term, it’s just a term for the insurance that employers in the State of Illinois must have. It covers medical expenses related to injuries and illnesses that arise because of workplace conditions. These claims can also be denied, which would prompt a hearing from the Workers’ Compensation Commission to decide your eligibility.
What to do if injured at work
This process is lengthy and can be frustrating and confusing. That’s why it’s so vital to follow the right steps to give yourself the best possible chance. Take a look at the following steps that you should be following if you’re injured at work.
Get medical treatment from a physician.
Notify the employer within the correct time frame. (45 days in IL)
Never give your recorded statement to anyone.
Call a qualified attorney that can help you through the process.
Be sure that you clearly understand the nature of your injury as explained by the doctor.
Follow all instructions given by your doctor and any referring doctors.
Ask for and read the Industrial Commission Handbook.
Get temporary workers’ comp payments while you’re unable to work.
Don’t think your case is too small – call for help from a qualified attorney.
Workers’ Comp Medical Coverage
The Workers’ Compensation Act ensures that all employers must pay for the medical expenses related to the injuries that they received at work. These medical expenses could include medical, first-aid, surgical and even chiropractic care. In the State of Illinois, you’re allowed to receive care from two doctors of your own choosing as well as any referred physician. The ‘chain of referral’ refers to any care that is reasonable and necessary after your initial two doctors, and it ensures that those expenses are covered.
Common Workers’ Compensation Terms
Temporary Total Disability – Temporary total disability means that you’re entitled to benefits while under the care of your doctor and unable to resume job responsibilities.
Permanent Disability – This term means that your injury will, in some way, affect you and your ability to work for the rest of your life.
Vocational Rehabilitation – When an injury prevents you from working, your employer may be responsible for providing training or retaining you for another position.
Denied Claim – A workers’ comp claim can be denied for any number of reasons, which means you’ll have to appeal the ruling.
Overuse Syndromes – These injuries are common in workplaces with computers, but can occur in any workplace. They involve the overuse of a specific part of the body.
Occupational Diseases – Occupational diseases happen because of unsafe or unsanitary working conditions.
Back & Neck Injuries – Regardless of what type of workplace you have, back and neck injuries can be severe and affect workers in all industries.
Knee, Shoulder & Joint Injuries – These injuries, many times, involve lengthy recovery periods after surgery.
Carpal Tunnel – Carpal tunnel happens when the median nerve, which is in your forearm, is pinched. This causes widespread pain in your forearm.
Construction Injuries – Many injuries happen due to the dangerous nature of construction sites. Many times these injuries result in permanent and total disability.
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