Springfield, IL’s Local Resource for Workers’ Compensation Law
Serving Springfield and throughout the surrounding communities in Central IL
Your Rights under the Illinois Worker’s Compensation Act
An employee injured while performing work-related activities has certain rights to compensation under Chapter 48 of the Illinois Revised Statutes. Generally, all injuries which arise from your employment are compensable, without regard to fault or negligence.
Our unions and labor organization have fought long and hard to see that this legislation was enacted and stays in force. The Act does not, however, work automatically. Knowing and protecting your rights is very important.
Worker’s Compensation benefits are like insurance. Don’t make the mistake of thinking that you are not covered. ALWAYS CONSULT A QUALIFIED ATTORNEY.
Denied Workers’ Comp Claims
Has your claim been denied? Read below about why this happens, and what you can do to pursue the benefits that you deserve.
Reasons for Workers’ Comp Denial
The loss is excluded from your employer’s workers’ compensation policy.
The damages from your claim are less than what the insured is claiming.
The damages from your claim are less than the policy deductible.
The insurance adjuster has determined that no covered loss occurred.
The insurance adjuster has determined that the loss is excluded from the policy.
The injury was not reported in time.
The claim was not filed in time.
The employer disputes your account of the incident.
You didn’t seek proper medical treatment.
Insufficient evidence that injury is work-related.
Appealing Your Denied Claim
When a workers’ comp claim is denied, the employer must provide reasoning for the denial. Upon denial, you may want to appeal your claim. This involves presenting your case in front of the Workers’ Compensation Commission to prove your claims and receive the benefits that you deserve. If your claim has been denied – contact LaMarca right away for more information about the appeals process!
Overuse Syndrome is a term that refers to an injury that affects a specific part of the body due to repeated use and subjecting the body part to too much stress over a long period of time. These injuries are common in office jobs. However, overuse syndrome can occur in any occupation – here are some common ones:
IT Band Syndrome
Degenerative Disc Disease
When it comes to workplace injuries, many times, we focus on the ones that cause physical impairments. However, other health problems can arise as a result of your working conditions, and those people are just as entitled to workers’ compensation benefits. Many times, affected individuals are workers who were unaware of the dangers at the time they were employed. If this describes you, call our office. Some common occupational disease we handle include:
Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
Don’t hesitate to call our staff for a complimentary consultation, even if your health issue isn’t listed here.
Back, Neck & Spinal Cord Injuries
Unfortunately, no matter your job, many occupations threaten the health of our backs, necks and spinal cords. Whether it’s lifting heavy boxes or sitting all day in an office chair, there are a wide variety of injuries that may result from your workplace conditions. We handle cases involving many types of back injuries including the following:
Repetitive Stress Injuries
Spinal Cord Damage
Knee, Shoulder & Joint Pain
Just like back injuries, knee, shoulder and joint injuries are common throughout all workplaces. From the professional baseball player that tears his rotator cuff to the union laborer that breaks a bone, we provide assistance to local residents that have been affected with knee, shoulder and joint injuries in the workplace. Call for a free consultation of your case.
What is Carpal Tunnel?
Carpal tunnel is the pinching of the median nerve, which runs from the forearm down into the fingers. Carpal tunnel syndrome is caused when this repeated pinching of the median nerve causes pain that may extend throughout your forearm and hand. This injury is common to office workers that heavily use the computer, but it can be developed in many workplaces.
Carpal Tunnel Symptoms
Numbness in Forearm/Hand
Weakness in Hand(s)
Permanent Impairment & Total Disability
Permanent impairment and total disability cases can have serious monetary implications for the affected parties. These cases, many times, involve a gruesome physical injury that renders the affected person incapable of performing their job or even working again. If this has happened to you, it’s important that you receive proper compensation for your injuries. Don’t hesitate to involve a lawyer for the following types of injuries:
Spinal Cord Injuries
Loss of Vision
Loss of Hearing
Due to the nature of the industry, construction jobs are some of the most dangerous occupations. Workers’ compensation is a common topic in the construction industry, and LaMarca Law Office, P.C., provides assistance to injured construction workers throughout Central IL. From equipment malfunction to negligence and recklessness, we’re on your side, no matter what happened to you. Call for a free consultation!
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1118 South Sixth Street, Springfield, IL 62703, (217) 492-9000, Bill LaMarca