Almost all employers must, by law, provide workers’ compensation benefits free of charge to their employees. The Workers’ Compensation Act was designed to financially protect workers who are unable to perform their duties due to an on-the-job injury. It covers injuries that occur in the course and scope of employment, including repetitive traumas like carpal tunnel syndrome. It does not matter who was at fault for the injury.
Despite the apparent simplicity of workman’s comp rules, first attempts to get benefits are often turned down. The insurance companies have attorneys whose job is to minimize the amount of benefits you receive. To fight these attorneys, you need an experienced Chicago workers’ compensation lawyer on your side.
Our Lawyers Can Help
At Benjamin & Shapiro, Ltd., we work with other attorneys who concentrate their practices in workers’ compensation. Together, our lawyers can help you get the benefits you need and deserve. Our attorneys can meet with you free of charge and discuss your situation. If we can help, we will work on contingency, charging no attorneys’ fees unless and until you get the benefits you need. It is important that you retain a Chicago workers’ compensation lawyer before contacting your workman’s comp insurance company. Anything you say to the insurance company can and will be used to delay, reduce, or eliminate your benefits. And Illinois law does not obligate the insurance companies to notify you of this.
You Are Not Suing Your Employer
It is important to realize that by retaining an attorney, you are not suing your employer. In fact, according to the Workers’ Compensation Act, no injured employee can sue their employer for workplace injuries. The claim is filed against the insurance company only.
It is also important to know that you cannot be fired for filing a workers’ compensation claim. Section 4 of the Workers Compensation Act makes this very clear. And any subsequent breach of Section 4 will provide grounds for the employee to move forward and file a lawsuit against their former employer.