As an employee of someone else, you have rights that are designed to protect your safety and protect your earning capacity. If you’ve been injured on the job, the losses you suffer in the present can continue to affect you into the future, and working closely with an experienced workers’ rights lawyer in Chicago is in your best interest.
As an employee, you are covered by your employer’s workers’ compensation policy, which is designed to help balance your rights as an employee with your employer’s right to protect his or her business. The way this works is that negligence – or fault – is taken out of the dynamic and, except in extreme situations, doesn’t play a role in workers’ compensation claims.
If you are injured on the job, you are covered and do not have to concern yourself with proving your employer’s negligence. Further, your employer does not have to concern himself or herself with defending the business against a lawsuit. Employees also enjoy the advantage of being covered from the day they start working for the employer in question (with no lengthy waiting periods). Along with this convenience, however, comes concessions on your part.
If you are injured on the job, you can seek compensation for your losses (or legal damages), but they are limited to the following:
The concessions you make – relative to a personal injury claim that is based on negligence – are that you give up the right to seek damages for your pain and suffering and that workers’ compensation insurance is stricter about the medical costs it covers – in addition to only compensating you for a percentage of your wage drop.
Yes, you have rights as an employee, but you can count on the workers’ compensation company, which is profit-based, to pay out as little as it can get away with on your claim, which makes protecting it from the outset critical. All of the following can help:
The distinguished workers’ rights lawyers at Saks, Robinson & Rittenberg, Ltd., in Chicago use their impressive experience and legal insight to bolster their clients’ rights and protect their best interests. We’re on your side, so please don’t delay contacting us for more information today.