You can hire an Attorney to make sure that things go smoothly.
We offer general concepts, but you should give ALL your facts to a licensed Attorney in your state before you RELY upon any legal advice.
Make sure that you consult a local attorney who is experienced in WC matters. There are many options including vocational rehabilitation (re-training) and wage differential (you get the difference between what you could earn before the injury and what you can earn after the injury. Make sure you hire an attorney who you will make the time to speak with you or have his staff answer questions. Good luck.
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You need to consult WY attorney that concentrates in WC. Most attorneys offer free no obligation meeting so you can ask these questions.
In Illinos WC does not protect your job, as long as the employer has a 'legitimate business reason' for the termination. With that said, WC would have to continue TTD until you find other suitable work with or without retraining and then may owe wage differential if your new job pays less than former job. But your medical rights would not be affected by termination.
You might also talk to local attorney about a possible American with Disability Act claim if your employer terminates you because of your medical restrictions.
Please remember that all legal claims have time limits. If you miss a deadline your claim could be barred.