Whether you have been injured on the job and are applying for workers’ compensation benefits for the first time, or you have been injured before and have a better understanding of the process, you may still have questions about the workers’ compensation system. These are some of the more frequently asked questions we receive.Of course, you are always welcome to contact our firm to schedule a free initial consultation, where we can discuss your injuries and your specific situation. Call our East Alton office at 618-258-0420.
Clarifying Any Misconceptions
Can I be terminated for filing a workers’ compensation case?
One of the most common concerns from injured workers who want to file for benefits is about employment status and whether they can be terminated after filing. There are laws in Illinois that are set up to protect injured workers from such practices, and it is important that people exercise their rights under workers’ comp. Your employer cannot fire you simply for filing for workers’ compensation benefits.
What kind of benefits can I expect to receive?
While the individual circumstances will dictate what benefits a worker can expect to receive, generally, workers’ compensation will provide replacement income; medical expense; and, in some cases, vocational rehabilitation benefits for training, schooling and job placement assistance. Usually, these benefits are two-thirds of our average wage up to a fixed ceiling but are also tax-free.
Who can I see for my injuries? Can I see my own doctor?
In every case, a worker who is injured on the job needs to seek out medical treatment as soon as possible. Often, injured workers will be referred to a doctor by their employer. After talking with an attorney, however, you can better understand when you may see your own doctor and how to receive comprehensive medical treatment for your injuries or illness.
Is this a government program?
One common misconception is that workers’ compensation is a government program. This is an insurance program, and all benefits are paid out using your employer’s insurance plan. Workplaces are required to hold workers’ compensation insurance coverage.
Will this make my boss look bad?
We often find that injured workers are hesitant to file a claim because they are friends with their supervisor and don’t want to create a problem. Injuries are a part of life and can happen even under safe working conditions. You have the right to file a claim, and your employer has this insurance coverage because they want you to seek proper medical attention after an on-the-job injury.
We help injured workers protect their rights. Call us at 618-258-0420. Your email message receives our prompt attention. We offer discounts on our contingency fees to union members and military veterans.