Illinois Workers' Compensation Attorneys
Professional and Experienced Workers' Compensation Lawyers
If you have been injured on the job, you are entitled to benefits. The U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Workers’ Compensation Programs’ duty is to protect individuals that have been injured on the job while employed by private companies, state, or local government agencies. At Trent Law Firm, we help ensure injured employees receive the benefits they deserve by providing aggressive representation and passionate legal advice.
What exactly is Workers' Compensation?
Generally speaking, Workers’ Compensation is an insurance that provides cash benefits and/or medical care for workers who are injured or become ill as a direct result of their job duties or work environment. Sometimes, a company may not provide workers with all of the benefits they are entitled to, which includes:
- Medical Expenses: Surgery, medicine, and doctor’s visits can be expensive, but Workers’ Compensation covers the costs.
- Missed Wages: Recovery of lost income due to a work-related injury.
- Ongoing care: When an injury on the job becomes long-term or permanent, your employer should be footing the bill.
- Funeral Costs: When a work-related accident results in the death of a person, the employer may be liable for funeral and other related expenses.
- Illness: If you become ill as a result of working conditions or environments, such as being exposed to disease or carcinogenic chemicals, your employer is responsible for assisting with costs of your treatment.
- Disability: When a workplace related injury becomes permanent and help is needed for medical bills and lost wages, individuals may qualify for Permanent Partial Disability or Permanent Total Disability
I Hurt Myself at Work Because I Wasn’t Careful; What do I do Now?
In a Workers’ Compensation Claim, neither party is assigned fault. The amount of compensation provided does not decrease by a lack of cautiousness on behalf of the employee or increase by the level of responsibility exhibited by the employer. Workers’ Compensation exists because accidents happen, and all employers are mandated to purchase Workers’ Compensation Insurance as a direct result of this fact.
My Employer Doesn’t Want to Pay Out My Benefits, What do I do?
At Trent Law Firm, we take legal action with the goal of enforcing applicable statutes and ensuring that our clients receive the compensation they need and deserve. In Workers’ Compensation Cases, disputes are settled before the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Commission, where an Arbitrator hears evidence and determines whether an injury should be covered by Workers’ Compensation Insurance, whether an injured person is capable of returning to work, and more. If employers attempt to circumvent or refuse to provide benefits under Workers’ Compensation, Arbitrators can award damages and even attorney’s fees against said employer.