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Workers' Compensation Overview

McHenry County, Illinois, Workers' Compensation Attorneys

Workers' compensation is intended to protect both workers and employers. While employees are able to collect compensation for injuries without the delays and costs of litigation, employers are protected against large settlements or verdicts in personal injury claims. Unfortunately for employees, the workers' compensation system can still give rise to a different set of difficulties and delays. If you or someone you love has been injured on the job, Balke & Williams, has extensive experience in recovering workers' comp benefits on behalf of injured workers and their families.

What is workers' compensation?

Workers' compensation is paid compensation to any employee who is injured while in the course of performing work-related duties. If you have suffered a workplace injury or lost a loved one to a work-related accident, you are entitled to workers' comp benefits. We are experienced in helping clients recover workers' compensation benefits including permanent total disability and workers' comp death benefits.

When should I report my job injury?

You should report your injury to your employer as soon as possible. Before you do, you should consult with an experienced attorney so that you don't unwittingly hurt your case. Workers' compensation laws have strict time limits and procedures. If you have recently been injured, you should consult with an attorney who can provide you with the guidance and experienced representation necessary to handle your case.

Who pays workers' compensation?

Employers are required to take on workers' compensation insurance so that an insurance carrier would pay benefits in the event of an accident or injury. The insurance company, not your employer, pays all benefits. If your employer is uninsured, you will need additional legal support to try to obtain benefits.

How much compensation will I get for my injuries?

When you are injured in a work-related accident, under Illinois law, you are entitled to workers' compensation benefits that cover your medical expenses, two-thirds of your average weekly wage, and a lump-sum settlement. Every workers' compensation case is unique. Worker's compensation cases are handled on a case-by-case basis, and every recovery is different, depending on the nature and extent of injuries. Please contact us as soon as possible to discuss your case.

What if I cannot return to my job or have received a pay-cut?

If you are unable to perform your job duties because of permanent restrictions identified by your doctor, you may be entitled to wage differential, an additional workers' compensation benefit. If you are granted wage differential benefits, you will receive the differential in pay for your lifetime, not just through your work life.

Contact Balke & Williams for a free consultation with an experienced McHenry County, Illinois, workers' compensation lawyer. We take all of our cases on a contingency basis (so you pay no attorney fee unless the case is won) and will aggressively assert your rights to compensation.

Call our Crystal Lake Office at (815) 585-4080 or our Chicago office at (312) 986-8063 to discuss your workers' compensation or personal injury case.

Our Office Locations

Chicago Office
542 S. Dearborn
Suite 310
Chicago, IL 60605
Phone: (312) 879-9536
Fax: (312) 986-8072
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Crystal Lake Office
330 W. Terra Cotta Avenue
Suite B
Crystal Lake, Illinois 60014
Phone: (815) 585-4080
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Warrenville Office
4320 Winfield Road
Suite 200
Warrenville, IL 60555
Phone: (312) 879-9536
Fax: (312) 986-8072
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Balke & Williams, are located in Crystal Lake and Chicago and serve clients throughout McHenry County, Lake County and Cook County, including Crystal Lake, Lake in the Hills, Waukegan, Grayslake, Arlington Heights and Highland Park, Illinois.

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