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Navigating the process of filing a workers’ compensation claim in the State of Illinois can be difficult and complex. The workers’ compensation attorneys at Malman Law commonly hear the following questions:
- What am I entitled to receive?
- What is my employer obligated to do?
- What am I obligated to do?
- How are the exams and medical expenses paid?
While this is by no means a comprehensive list of all of our clients’ frequently asked questions, we will try to provide answers to these common inquiries, so that you can refer to this information as you think about your claim and seek legal assistance when filing.
What Are Employees Entitled to Receive?
Injured employees are entitled to receive all necessary first aid, medical, surgical, and hospital services required to cure or relieve the effects of injury or disease. When appropriate, an injured employee may also be entitled to receive physical, mental, or vocational rehabilitation. An employee may choose any doctor or hospital at the employer’s expense. You should inform your employer in writing of the name and address of the doctor or hospital which you have chosen.
What is my Employer Obligated to Do?
Employers are responsible for paying for all emergency room services; treatment from two physicians, surgeons, or hospitals that the employee chooses; and any other medical care providers whom the two physicians, surgeons, or hospitals refer the employee to see. An employer is also responsible to pay for two treating physicians chosen by the employee. However, the employer is also responsible to pay for any additional medical care providers to whom the employee is referred by the two physicians, surgeons or hospitals.
What Am I Obligated to Do?
An employer may also require an employee to undergo an examination by a doctor of their choice, if the employee claims to be entitled to benefits. The employee is required to attend the exam.
How Are the Exams and Medical Expenses Paid?
If the employer requires the employee to undergo an examination with a physician of the employer’s choice, then the employer must pay for it. Additionally, the employer must also pay for travel expenses in advance, and any wages lost from the time that the employee spends away from work to receive the exam.
Other Possible Benefits from Workers’ Compensation
In accordance with Illinois state law, the following benefits may be entitled to injured workers and their families:
- Reasonable medical care for the injuries (such as the care detailed above)
- Temporary partial disability
- Temporary total disability
- Permanent partial disability
- Permanent total disability
- Other various benefits for vocational rehabilitation, when applicable
- Death benefits for the victim’s surviving family, if the work injury was fatal
Contact Malman Law to Learn More About the Workers’ Compensation Claim Process
At Malman Law, we fight aggressively, creatively, and effectively for patients and families who’ve experienced injury, financial losses, pain and suffering, and more due to a workplace injury. Once you retain us, you can begin to take advantage of all that the team at Malman has to offer:
We Have a Zero Fee Guarantee for Our Clients
This means that, if we cannot secure a compensation settlement in your workers’ compensation claim, then you won’t have to pay any legal fees.
We Have Been Successfully Representing Clients for Years
We are often able to secure compensation for our clients – even securing six, seven, and eight-figure settlements. Under the guidance of Attorney Steven J. Malman, our results demonstrate our commitment to clients. And, since the costs of dealing with workplace injuries may last months, or even a lifetime, you need professional legal aid when dealing with the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Commission (IWCC).
We Offer 24/7 Accessibility, No-Obligation Consultations, and Can Even Come to You
At Malman Law, clients come first. We are always available to speak with you – whether it be initially in our free, no-obligation consultation, or throughout every step of your workers’ compensation case. We will even come your home or the hospital, if you are unable to travel to our downtown Chicago offices.
Contact us online or call our offices today; we will begin investigating your case immediately, and look to strengthen your case for compensation from your employer, explore additional compensation sources that may be available to you (depending on your industry), and secure justice for your workplace injuries. Do not stand down, and do not keep quiet about your injuries – under Illinois state law, you may be entitled to certain benefits. Seek legal assistance from the Malman Law experts to claim those benefits before time runs out.