Workers’ Compensation Lawyers in Champaign, IL
When You’re Hurt on the Job, We Can Protect Your Right to Compensation
An injury that requires you to take time off work can be financially devastating, especially if you have dependents to support. If that injury happened on the job, you may have a solution: workers’ compensation insurance. Employees in the state of Illinois are eligible to receive benefits for any workplace accident, no matter the cause, throughout their recovery.
Knowing you have a right to compensation is one thing; being able to exercise it can be entirely another. Your employer might illegally try to discourage you from applying, or their insurer could turn down your claim using flimsy reasoning. If any such impediments appear, you need someone in your corner.
Our attorneys at The Tapella & Eberspacher Law Firm care about protecting the rights of workers and their families. If you were injured on the job while in the course of your employment, providing benefits while you heal is just the right thing for your employer and their insurance company to do. We’re here to remind them of their duty should they forget, and advise you as you begin the claims process.
We have over 100 years of combined experience with workers’ compensation and other injury cases. Call our Champaign office today at (217) 394-5885 to learn how we can help you.
Dangers in the Workplace
Some jobs are more dangerous than others, but ultimately all employees are vulnerable to some type of injury at work. Even if an employer doesn’t specifically mention any risks, that does not mean there are none around you. It’s smart to consider the accidents and injuries you might face in your workplace. Making a personal safety plan can help you minimize the damage should something go wrong.
Industries with the Highest Injury Rates
As you may expect, physical labor and heavy machinery are components in some of the fields that produce the most injured workers. However, some people might be surprised to see their job listed among the most dangerous. Employees in the following industries file the most workers’ compensation claims:
- Hospitality & Leisure
Along with causing a significant percentage of worker injuries, the industries above are also responsible for most on-the-job fatalities. If you are surviving a victim of a workplace accident, you may have recompense as well. Our team can explain your rights and options.
Annoying paper cuts don’t make the list, but accidents at work can cause a variety of injuries most of us don’t consider despite our risk while on the job. Even office workers can and do need workers’ compensation to cover medical care and/or time off work. Your benefits will, of course, depend on the type and severity of the injury and the strength of your claim.
On-the-job injuries include:
- Back injury
- Traumatic Brain Injury
- Spinal Cord Injury
- Hearing Loss
- Vision Loss
- Repetitive Motion/Stress Injuries
- Toxic Exposure
- Sprains and Strains
- Lacerations and Bruising
- Occupational Disease
Aside from the obvious threats posed by driving, heavy machinery, dangerous chemicals, and other workplace hazards, an employee may suffer a fall at the office or accidentally overexert themselves in an effort to complete their work. Some injuries may happen in a sudden and unexpected incident, while others can develop slowly over years. Regardless of the cause, you can file for workers’ compensation if you need financial support for any of the above.
Workers’ Compensation Benefits
Though not as broad as the damages that can be pursued in personal injury cases, workers’ compensation benefits can prove the relief you need if you’ve had to seek medical treatment and miss work. You could be able to receive reimbursement for:
- Reasonable medical expenses
- Temporary total disability (TTD) to cover time off work
- Temporary partial disability (TPD) to account for reduced hours
- Approved vocational rehabilitation programs
- Permanent partial disability (PPD) to offset a permanent reduction in work ability
- Permanent total disability (PTD) when a return to work is not possible
- Death benefits for survivors of a deceased employee
Each benefit type is contingent on additional rules and limitations, the first of which you must consider immediately after the accident. If you do not report your injury to your employer within 45 days of the incident, you will not be allowed to file for workers’ compensation. We do not want you to miss your chance for justice, so if you find the process difficult or confusing, call our attorneys right away for help.
Supporting Champaign Workers
Receiving workers’ compensation should be a straightforward process. In reality, your employer may not cooperate with you, or could even try to illegally retaliate against you for filing a report. An insurer, upon receiving your completed claim, is unlikely to pay it right away. They may investigate the accident and your injuries first to see if they can find even the slightest inconsistency. Don’t be surprised if they dispute your claim, as it happens often. But, make sure you have someone on your side to push back if you face obstacles.
The team at The Tapella & Eberspacher Law Firm is here to help you challenge unfair or unlawful activities that threaten your right to compensation. No matter how complex your situation is, we are dedicated to seeing your claim through. After you retain us, you can turn your focus back to your recovery. We will take care of navigating the process and advocating for compensation that is sufficient for your injuries. There is nothing more important than making sure you are taken care of after a workplace accident. If you need help, call us today.
Our Champaign team is available at (217) 394-5885, or you can send a message online to get started.
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Negligent Care $1,750,000 Verdict
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