Chicago Workers’ Compensation Attorney
Work injuries happen in a variety of ways, and they can lead to long recovery times and lost income for victims. If you or a loved one had been injured at work, you should be able to count on workers’ compensation insurance for coverage. However, claims are often delayed or denied. At Seidman, Margulis & Fairman, LLP, our Chicago workers’ compensation attorneys are here to help ensure you receive the coverage you deserve after a workplace injury.
Why Choose Seidman, Margulis & Fairman, LLP To Help?
After experiencing a work injury and having trouble securing compensation, turn to a team with extensive experience in these cases. Seidman, Margulis & Fairman, LLP are here to help.
- We have more than 100 years of combined legal experience handling personal injury cases in Chicago. This gives us a high level of specialization and unique insights into the process of workers’ comp claims.
- We have a reputation for success and have secured hundreds of millions of dollars for our clients through favorable settlements or verdicts.
- We take Chicago workers’ compensation cases on a contingency fee basis, which means that our clients will pay no upfront or out-of-pocket costs for their case. Our clients only pay legal fees after we secure a favorable settlement or verdict on their behalf.
Why Do You Need An Attorney For A Workers’ Comp Case?
Unfortunately, most injured workers do not have the legal resources or experience to pursue compensation if their workers’ comp claim is denied or delayed. A Chicago workers’ compensation lawyer will be able to:
- Obtain all evidence related to the work injury, including video surveillance, accident reports, eyewitness statements, internal employer memos, and more.
- Ensure that their client is evaluated by a trusted medical professional who can reassess their injury.
- Handle negotiations with all parties involved, including aggressive workers’ comp insurance carriers, to obtain a fair settlement.
How Does Workers’ Compensation Work In Chicago?
Workers’ compensation insurance is supposed to be a “no-fault” system. This means that workers injured in Illinois have the right to this insurance coverage regardless of who caused the workplace injury. As long as the injury occurred while the employee was operating within the scope of their employment duties, they are entitled to receive workers’ compensation. This type of coverage is supposed to provide payment for medical bills as well as a significant portion of lost income if the injured employee cannot work.
How Often Do Work Injuries Occur?
According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), there were approximately 2.8 million non-fatal workplace injuries or illnesses during the latest reporting year of data available. Workplace injuries are not uncommon, and the team at Seidman, Margulis & Fairman, LLP regularly helps clients who have sustained the following on-the-job injuries:
- Spinal cord injuries
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Severe lacerations or amputations
- Broken or dislocated bones
- Sprains and strains
- Back and neck injuries
However, our Chicago workers’ compensation attorneys also recognize that many workplace injuries are not immediately recognized or visible. Workplace injuries often occur over time due to repeated exposure to certain traumas or hazardous elements. This can include:
- Hearing and vision loss
- Cumulative trauma injuries
- Chronic respiratory illnesses
- Certain occupational cancers
Workers’ comp claims for these injuries are delayed or denied more often and other types of injuries that occur in the workplace.
What Kind Of Compensation Is Available For A Work Injury?
There are various types of compensation victims of workplace injuries could be entitled to. At Seidman, Margulis & Fairman, LLP, our workers’ compensation attorneys in Chicago regularly help victims recover the following:
- Compensation for any medical bills related to the workplace accident
- Recovery of lost wages and benefits for missed days of work
- Coverage of any lost future earnings
- Potential temporary or permanent disability
- Compensation for loss of earning potential
For work injuries that occur due to the negligence of a third party (subcontractors, product manufacturers, property owners, etc.), more compensation may be available through a personal injury claim in addition to the workers’ compensation claim.
What Happens If Your Workers’ Comp Claim Is Denied?
Unfortunately, an injured worker in Chicago may receive a denial letter for their workers’ compensation claim. This is often because an employer or the insurance carrier disputes the facts of the injury. If an injured worker is denied workers’ compensation benefits, they can submit a claim to the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Commission (IWCC) and request a hearing in front of an arbitrator.
A hearing In front of an arbitrator will be similar to an informal trial in which the arbitrator acts as the judge. In these hearings, the arbitrator will hear evidence presented by both sides and make a decision about whether or not the employer (and the insurance carrier) must accept the workers’ compensation claim. If an arbitrator does not force the employer to accept the claim, the injured worker can appeal the decision in an attempt to overturn the arbitrator’s decision.
A worker will need to request an appeal by filing a Petition for Review. This needs to be filed within 30 days of the arbitrator making their decision. This appeal will go to a panel of three commissioners who will review the arbitrator’s decision and set a hearing date for the case. Before the hearing, the injured worker will be able to submit an argument in writing to the commissioners. At the hearing, you (or your attorney) will have around five to ten minutes to argue your case. The Commission will issue its decision within 60 days of the hearing.
Contact Our Workers Comp Lawyers in Chicago Today
If you or somebody you love has sustained a workplace injury in Chicago but is struggling to receive compensation, contact an attorney as soon as possible. At Seidman, Margulis & Fairman, LLP, our qualified and experienced team is ready to get to work investigating your injury so we can secure the compensation you deserve.
We firmly believe that every worker has the right coverage after an on-the-job injury. When you need a Chicago workers’ compensation attorney, you can contact us for a free consultation of your case by clicking here or calling (312) 781-1977.