When a driver of a car is in an accident and hires an attorney to claim monetary compensation for his/her injuries, it is required to demonstrate that the other party was negligent, meaning at fault. The same holds true if someone has tripped and fallen in a grocery store, been poisoned by spoiled food or suffered medical malpractice at the hands of a doctor. But when a worker has received an injury arising out of and in the course of their employment, such a showing of negligence is not required. The mere fact that the injury occurred at work, doing something that was work-related is generally what is required to file a claim.
The Illinois Workers’ Compensation Commission is the agency that is vested with the authority and responsibility of hearing cases related to work injuries. Tens of thousands of cases are filed every year. Although an attorney is not required to file an Application for Adjustment of Claim, most people benefit greatly by the assistance of an experienced workers compensation attorney such as those affiliated with the law offices of Mitchell S. Sexner & Associates LLC. The rules and procedures for successfully pursuing a work injury case are rather complicated and there are time limitations for securing your rights. Another benefit of hiring an experienced workers comp attorney in Illinois is that there are never any fees unless the attorney is successful in securing a monetary settlement for the client. In contrast to attorney fees for other personal injury matters such as car accidents, the fees for a work injury case is significantly lower. Some of the types of work injuries that we handle include:
Whenever there has been an injury on the job, it is best to follow these basic guidelines:
Remember that no matter how good an employer you work for, the party that will have to pay for your medical bills and settlement is your employer’s insurance company and they are not likely interested in giving you a fair amount of compensation. They are interested in paying you as little as possible. Experienced attorneys will fight for your rights and make sure that the monetary settlement you receive is the maximum compensation available.