How Much Does Workers Compensation Pay in Illinois?

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How Much Does Workers Compensation Pay in Illinois?

If you get hurt on the job in Illinois, you could be entitled to workers’ compensation benefits through your employer. The state estimates that over 91 percent of all employers are covered by the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Act, which means you are likely entitled to the following benefits.

Medical Benefits

Your employer must pay for all the medical care you need because of your work injury. This includes doctor visits, hospital stays, physical therapy, medications, and any necessary medical equipment.

Temporary Total Disability Benefits

If your work injury stops you from working for a while, you can get temporary total disability benefits. These benefits replace a portion of your paycheck while you’re recovering and can’t work. These benefits pay you two-thirds of your pre-accident average weekly wage (AWW), subject to a cap, for as long as your total disability lasts.

Temporary Partial Disability Benefits

Depending on your injury, you might be able to return to work but not at your usual job or for your full working hours. If this happens, you could receive temporary partial disability benefits. These benefits pay you two-thirds of the difference between your wages from before and after the injury.

Permanent Partial Disability Benefits

If your injury causes lasting impairment but doesn’t stop you from working entirely, you might get permanent partial disability benefits. There are four types:

  • Wage Differential Benefits: If you have to take a lower-paying job because of your injury, these benefits pay you two-thirds of the difference between your old and new wages. They last for five years or until you turn 67.
  • Scheduled Injury Benefits: For specific body parts listed in the law, like a hand or foot, you get a set amount of money depending on the body part injured and the degree of impairment.
  • Non-Scheduled Injury Benefits: If your injury isn’t on the scheduled list, you get benefits based on the percentage of your entire body the injury impairs.
  • Disfigurement Benefits: You can also get additional money if your injury leaves a permanent scar or changes your appearance.


Permanent Total Disability Benefits

If your work injury leaves you unable to do any kind of work, you could receive permanent total disability benefits. These benefits provide you with regular payments of two-thirds of your pre-accident wages – subject to minimums and maximums – for as long as you are totally disabled.

Vocational Rehabilitation Benefits

If your injury prevents you from returning to your old job, you might need new skills for a different job. Vocational rehabilitation benefits can pay for any training, education, or job search assistance you need to help you find new work.

Death Benefits

If a worker dies because of a work injury, their family can get death benefits. These benefits provide financial support to the worker’s dependents, like spouses or children. It replaces a portion of lost household income and can also pay for funeral and burial costs.

Contact a Workers’ Compensation Lawyer in Illinois Now

Hurt on the job in Illinois? Get in touch with a knowledgeable workers’ compensation lawyer at Galanti, Patti, & Winterscheidt, P.C. We can answer your questions and help you explore your options when you contact us for your initial case review.