Workers Compensation Overview
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.
At Balke & Williams, our attorneys have helped numerous clients in McHenry County and across the Crystal Lake recover workers’ compensation benefits. Depending on what happened and the severity of the injury, we can discuss what types of benefits may be available, including permanent total disability or death benefits following fatal on-the-job accidents.
When Should I Report A Workplace/On-The-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.
Who Pay Workers’ Compensation Benefits?
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?
When you are injured in a work-related accident, under Illinois law, you are entitled to workers’ compensation benefits that cover your medical expenses, temporary total disability cover two-thirds of your average weekly wage and a lump-sum settlement.
Workers’ compensation cases are handled on a case-by-case basis, and every recovery is different, depending on the nature and extent of injuries.
What If I Cannot Return To Work Or Have To Take 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 a 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.
We take cases on a contingency basis so you pay no attorney fee unless we win the case.