The first thing to understand about workers’ compensation cases is that they are typically no-fault. Consequently, you can be eligible for benefits regardless of who caused your accident. Secondly, workers’ compensation takes the place of filing a claim or lawsuit against your employer directly. Most employers are required to maintain workers’ compensation insurance. However, in some instances, you might be able to pursue a claim or lawsuit against a negligent third party who caused or contributed to your workplace accident.
Thirdly, to be eligible for benefits, you must show that you were injured while you were working – and that you sustained your injury while completing a job duty of some sort. In addition, you might be eligible to recover various types of benefits through workers’ compensation which include the following:
- Compensation for permanent injuries
- Compensation for related medical expenses and a portion of your lost wages
- Compensation for vocational rehabilitation and training
Lastly, in the event of a fatal workplace accident, a deceased worker’s surviving family members might be eligible to recover death benefits through the state workers’ compensation system.
Talk with a Knowledgeable Illinois and Missouri Workers’ Compensation Lawyer Today
The knowledgeable legal team at Walton Telken Injury Attorneys can help you pursue the benefits that you need for injuries that you suffered while you were at work. For a free case evaluation and legal consultation with a knowledgeable Illinois and Missouri workers’ compensation attorney, please give us a call at 844-243-5047 or contact us online for more information about how we can help.
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Workers’ Compensation FAQ
What Should I Do after Being Injured While on the Job?
After suffering a workplace injury, you should first report the injury to your employer. You should then contact an experienced workers’ compensation attorney who could assist you with filing your claim.
Who Determines if I Met my Legal Burden?
If there is any dispute, the Commission will decide if your accident/injury fits within the realm of workers’ compensation.
Are Workers’ Compensation Benefits Just for Injured Builders or Construction Workers?
No. Any employee (as opposed to an independent contractor) who suffers an injury while on the job and within the scope of employment could theoretically file a claim for benefits.