The Illinois Workers’ Compensation and Occupational Diseases Act entitles injured or poisoned workers to three basic rights. By law, your employer must:
- At no cost to you, provide all the medical, surgical, hospital, pharmaceutical and rehabilitative care needed to cure or relieve the effects of your injury or exposure, PLUS a second opinion. You are not required to pay any deductibles or co-pays. 100% free to you.
- Pay you weekly temporary disability benefits, tax-free, for every day you miss work or work light duty because of your injury. Note: you must be off work for at least three days to receive these benefits.
- Pay for the permanent effects of your injury.
While Workers Compensation legal standards tend to favor workers in Illinois, the procedures overwhelmingly favor employers and insurance companies. In other words, under the law, they run the clock.
This means even if you have a solid case, employers, and insurance companies will stall, delay, and drag things out as long as possible. They will do everything they can to avoid paying your claim. They will try to starve you out if they can.
The law contains many technical snags, traps, and snares. Almost all seriously injured workers need a lawyer just to get the bare minimum. That is where we come in.
Do yourself a big favor. Right now, go to Snags, Traps, and Snares.
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