Chicago Workers Compensation Attorneys Protect Your Rights as a Worker
Monetary recovery for workplace injuries in Illinois
When you are entitled to compensation under Illinois and federal law, getting your employer and their insurance company to act in a timely and appropriate manner can be stressful and confusing. This can include attending many informal and formal hearings just to get the benefits you deserve. Let our attorneys make sure you do not become a victim of the process, and get you what you are entitled to.
The Chicago workers compensation lawyers of Phillips Law Offices have been assisting clients injured at their place of work for over 65 years. We handle Chicago black lung cases as well mesothelioma.
It is the law
Workers compensation laws are designed to provide fixed monetary awards to employees injured, disabled or killed on the job. The laws are supposed to—
- Eliminate the time and expense of litigation
- Provide benefits for dependents of those workers who are killed because of work-related accidents or illnesses
- In some instances, protect employers and fellow workers by limiting the amount an injured employee can recover from an employer
- Eliminate the liability of co-workers in most accidents
State workers compensation statutes establish this framework for most employment. Federal statutes are limited to federal employees or those workers employed in some significant aspect of interstate commerce.
The Illinois Workers Compensation Act is applicable to most employers. It requires them to provide workers compensation coverage for their employees. Sole proprietors, business partners, and members of limited liability companies may exempt themselves.
Insurance companies and employers will take advantage of an injured worker by doing such things as—
- Denying a legitimate claim for medical treatment
- Discouraging a second opinion
- Undervaluing lost wages
- Pressuring a worker to return to work prematurely
- Refusing to accept responsibility for various types of injuries like those from repetitive stress
In addition, should your employer not provide insurance the rules covering these instances are technical, and the process can take a long time. A Chicago personal injury attorney can help walk you through the process. Our Illinois wrongful death lawyers can also help you file a claim on behalf of the deceased.
Types of Workers Compensation Acts enacted by the United States Congress
- Federal Employment Liability Act (FELA)
- Federal Jones Act
- Longshore and Harbor Workers' Compensation Act (LHWCA)
- Black Lung Benefit Act
Most significantly, the Federal Employment Compensation Act provides workers compensation for non-military, federal employees. Many of its provisions are typical of most state workers comp laws in terms of what is covered. It is administered by the Office of Workers’ Compensation Programs. Should you or a loved one be subject to coverage under this law, one of our products liability lawyers can advise you as to your rights, and the best way to assure you are appropriately compensated.
Serving injured individuals and families in Illinois for over 65 years
The attorneys of Phillips Law Offices offer quality legal services to the injured and their families throughout Chicago. Black lung and asbestos attorneys may be able to help. Call 312-620-1106, or contact us online today for a free consultation with one of our attorneys about your case.