If you are injured or suffer an illness at work in Illinois, you may be eligible to receive compensation under the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Act, a law that provides a safeguard for employees who sustain a workplace injury or illness. Under this law, individuals who are injured on the job can receive different types of financial support to cover their hospital bills, lost income, and other expenses, and a workplace injury lawyer in Chicago can protect your rights.
Common Injuries Covered Under Illinois Workers’ Compensation Laws
Workplace injuries occur in a variety of different circumstances. For example, a worker may be injured while using some machinery or equipment, upon getting into contact with hazardous material or chemicals, or by falling off a ladder. In other cases, negligence of third parties such as drivers or contractors can also result in injuries.
While there are many ways one may be injured at work, the following are some more common injuries that are typically reported in Chicago and across the state of Illinois:
- Repetitive strain injuries (RSI): These are typically those on-the-job injuries caused by doing work that requires doing the same thing over and over. The repetitive motion leads to a gradual buildup of damage to muscles, tendons, and nerves. RSIs are common and may be caused by different types of work activities, such as swiping goods at a supermarket checkout, typing, using a computer mouse, working on an assembly line, and so on.
- Occupational Disease: Illinois law defines an “occupational disease” as an illness contracted by an employee while doing their work and typically by the employee being exposed to a workplace hazard. Some common occupational illnesses are respiratory diseases caused by exposure to hazardous chemicals, loss of hearing, skin disease, and toxic chemical poisoning. Some of these illnesses develop over a long period of time.
- Physical injuries: Unlike occupational illness that is hard to easily detect and may take a long time before they are discovered, physical workplace injuries are often easy to recognize as they often result from an acute accident. These physical injuries, however, range from minor cuts and burns to traumatic head injuries or even amputations. The nature and seriousness or severity of these injuries also depend on the nature of the work being done by the employee.
Types of Workers’ Compensation Benefits Available to Injured Illinois Workers
Specific benefits available will depend on the nature and severity of the injuries that a worker has suffered at the workplace. However, benefits paid under workers’ compensation law can cover:
- Medical care
- Lost wages
- Disability benefits
- Death benefits
An Experienced Workplace Injury Lawyer in Chicago is Here to Help
Workers’ compensation cases are complex and require an experienced lawyer who has sufficient experience. We work to ensure you get all the benefits you are entitled to under the law. At Saks, Robinson & Rittenberg, Ltd, we are ready to work for you in getting the benefits you need. If you have been injured on the job, contact our office today for a free consultation.