Workers’ Compensation for Teachers in Illinois | Chicago Teacher Injuries
It’s no secret that many Chicago-area school buildings have seen better days.
Educators are among the most important people in society. They mold minds and foster future success. But their jobs aren’t easy, and they aren’t always safe. Dilapidating property conditions, school violence, and personal injury remain constant threats.
Unfortunately, teachers are often injured or fall ill in the course of their job duties. When that happens, many are frustrated by the relative lack of recourse available to them.
After all, most teachers are government employees, and many are members of a teacher’s union. This can mean that legal action after a workplace injury is limited to the Workers’ Compensation system.
Sadly – as many teachers already know from their colleagues’ own experiences – the Workers’ Comp system is rarely adequate. It’s also incredibly difficult to maneuver through.
Teachers have enough on their plates as it is, especially after an unexpected on-the-job accident. Nevertheless, filing a Workers’ Comp claim by oneself means confusing paperwork, strict deadlines, and a real risk of making critical mistakes.
Saying the wrong things – or sending in the wrong form at the wrong time – can create real problems. Moreover, many teachers have their claims shortchanged or are altogether denied, even when their damages are clearly genuine.
At Malman Law, we believe Chicago teachers deserve better than that.
If you’ve been injured in any accident related to your teaching services, or if you’ve fallen ill in connection with your job, you may be entitled to financial compensation under the law – and our mission is to ease the process for you while maximizing the amount that you stand to receive.
The Chicago teacher Workers’ Comp attorneys at Malman Law are here to fight for your rights and make your life easier.
Common Chicago Teacher Injuries
Teacher’s risks range from the students whom they teach to the rooms they helm and the buses they take for field trips. It’s a job that never ends.
At Malman Law, we’ve helped more than 20,000 Chicago employees seek compensation after an unfair injury, and in 95 percent of those cases, we’ve reached a successful settlement that put our clients on a better path toward recovery – without having to go to court.
Our Chicago teacher Workers’ Comp lawyers understand the unique risks that educators face. We take them seriously, and we are prepared to demonstrate the full scale of your damages to your employer and its insurers.
Common Chicago teacher injuries include:
- Injury from defective desks, chairs or other school equipment
- Slip and fall accidents on school property
- Injury from lifting or carrying heavy objects without proper training
- Illness due to asbestos conditions within the building
- Lead poisoning from paint in older school buildings
- Food poisoning from school cafeteria
- Exposure to illness while rendering care or aid to a student
- Science lab injuries, including chemical burns or burns caused by flames, flashes, or explosions
- Lab accidents caused by inadequate, broken or outdated equipment
- School bus accidents (including activity buses and field trip buses)
- Injuries incurred while on a field trip or serving as a chaperone
- Assault from students, parents, or coworkers
Each school and classroom is different. Whatever your injuries might look like, our Chicago teacher Workers’ Comp attorneys would like to help. Please contact us as soon as possible so that we can take a closer, confidential look at any potential claims.
Legal Representation for Private School Teachers
While most teachers are employed by the state, Malman Law can also help with Chicago teacher injuries that arise in the private school setting.
Your eligibility for compensation will depend on the circumstances surrounding your injury, the size of your employer, the nature of the injury itself, and any other facts that might become relevant as we evaluate your claim.
Often, private school teachers are able to recover for injuries caused by negligence, even if the employer is not subject to state Workers’ Compensation laws.
Talk to Our Chicago Teacher Workers’ Comp Lawyer
Workers’ Compensation exists to protect you. Unfortunately, in practice, it seldom seems like you’re the one being protected. That’s why we’re here – to fight to make things right.
Job-related injuries are costly. More to the point, they’re unfair. You work very hard for the benefit of others. If you’re injured in the course of doing that, the least that the system can do in return is take care of you.
Let us help.
At Malman Law, we offer a Zero Fee Guarantee, which means that injured teachers don’t have to pay for our services unless and until we arrive at a successful outcome for them.
Give us a call to learn more. You can set up a free consultation today. Just call 888-836-5975 or submit our online request form today.