The attorney you choose plays a crucial role in the outcome of your workers’ comp case. It’s not just about filing paperwork. It’s about having a knowledgeable ally who can navigate the legal system and advocate for your rights.
A seasoned attorney can make a significant difference in the compensation you receive and the speed and ease with which your case progresses.
Here, then, are four key reasons to choose Midwest Injury Lawyers for your Joliet workers’ comp claim:
Our Joliet workers’ compensation lawyers operate on a contingency basis. This means you pay nothing upfront and no fees unless we win your case. This approach allows you to access top-notch legal services without worrying about upfront costs. Your focus can stay on your recovery, not on legal expenses.
We believe in keeping our clients informed and involved throughout every case. We keep you updated on every development and are always available to answer your questions. This transparent approach helps ensure you’re never in the dark about your case.
We’ve recovered tens of millions of dollars in compensation for our clients, demonstrating our ability to handle complex cases and achieve substantial results. This track record is a testament to our dedication and experience in workers’ compensation law.
With more than 20 years of legal experience, our team combines extensive knowledge with a vigorous approach to advocacy. Our attorneys have honed their skills over decades, allowing us to tackle even the most challenging cases with confidence and strategic insight.
We can’t tell you how much your workers’ comp claim is worth until we investigate the accident and your injuries. However, you may want to know what workers’ compensation generally covers in Illinois so you can plan accordingly. Depending on your injuries and other factors, you could claim the following workers’ comp benefits:
While the Illinois Department of Public Health tracks workplace injuries and deaths, it does not list data at the city level. However, recent reports show that 127,700 public and private sector workers statewide sustained non-fatal injuries at work during one recent year.
That figure includes 70,700 cases where the injured worker had to miss days of work, transfer to a different position, or had to work with restrictions.
Along similar lines, the most recent information from state officials shows that 158 workers statewide died from job-related injuries in one year.
The Illinois Workers’ Compensation Commission says almost every employee in Illinois qualifies for workers’ comp benefits under state law. That includes full-time employees as well as part-time or seasonal workers. Chances are that you qualify for workers’ compensation benefits.
The category of workers who typically do not qualify for workers’ comp is independent contractors. However, employers sometimes misclassify workers as contractors to avoid paying for workers’ comp coverage, even if the worker should qualify for benefits.
If your employer says you do not qualify for workers’ comp, check with an experienced attorney to make sure you fully understand your rights.
State officials say you must notify your employer about a job-related injury within 45 days to preserve your right to compensation. However, as long as you report your injury within that time frame, you have up to three years from the date you sustained your injuries to file a workers’ comp claim.
We recommend you start the claims process as soon as possible, and our team can assist you with the initial paperwork and all other aspects of your case.
One issue with workers’ comp claims in Joliet is that there’s no one cause of workplace injuries. Depending on your job and duties, you face different dangers at work. Certain types of workplace accidents occur more often than others, such as:
A frequent cause of workplace injuries, slips, trips, and falls can happen due to wet floors, cluttered workspaces, or uneven surfaces. These accidents can lead to severe injuries like broken bones or head injuries.
Workers who often lift heavy objects or perform repetitive tasks can sustain severe injuries. Overexertion can cause muscle strains, sprains, and tears, while repetitive motion can lead to conditions like carpal or cubital tunnel syndrome.
Equipment accidents can occur in workplaces where workers frequently use heavy machinery, especially if managers and employees do not follow proper safety protocols. These incidents can range from minor injuries to more severe or even fatal accidents.
Workers in industries like manufacturing or cleaning face the risk of exposure to hazardous chemicals. Inhaling or contacting these substances can lead to both immediate and long-term health issues.
Jobs that involve driving or operating vehicles carry the risk of accidents, which can result in injuries from minor bruises to life-threatening conditions, depending on the severity of the collision.
In certain work environments, especially in construction or manufacturing, workers face the risk of electrical shocks. These can occur due to exposed wiring, faulty equipment, or during electrical system maintenance.
In many workplace settings, workers are at risk of injuries from falling, flying, or swinging objects. This is particularly common in construction sites and warehouses, where materials often move overhead.
Unfortunately, workplace violence is another leading cause of on-the-job injuries. Conflicts between employees or with external parties can escalate, leading to physical harm.
In Joliet, just like in other Illinois cities, workers face a range of potential injuries on the job. Understanding these common injuries can help you recognize the seriousness of workplace hazards and the importance of seeking appropriate legal counsel.
Here’s a list of some of the most common workplace injuries we see at our firm:
Repetitive Stress Injuries: These injuries develop over time due to repetitive motions and can affect various body parts, leading to chronic pain or dysfunction.
At Midwest Injury Lawyers, we offer comprehensive support for your workers’ comp claim. We tailor our approach to meet your specific needs, which helps you receive the best possible assistance throughout the legal process.
Our first step involves a thorough assessment of your case. We review the details of your workplace injury, including how and where it occurred, to understand the full scope of your situation.
We then guide you through the workers’ comp process, explaining your rights and the benefits you’re entitled to. This early stage sets the direction for your claim and enables you to avoid common pitfalls that could weaken your case.
Handling the paperwork is also a significant part of what we do. We gather all necessary documentation, including medical records, accident reports, and witness statements. Our team can handle filing your claim correctly and on time while adhering to Illinois workers’ compensation laws.
Dealing with insurance companies can be daunting, but we can represent you in discussions with insurers. Our goal is to secure a fair settlement that covers all your needs. We’re prepared to push back against any attempts to undervalue or deny your claim.
If your employer disputes or denies your claim, we’ll be ready to represent you in any necessary hearings or appeals. We can prepare a strong legal argument on your behalf, drawing on the evidence we’ve gathered to support your case.
Our attorneys have extensive experience presenting cases before judges and workers’ comp boards, and we know how to advocate effectively for your rights.
We’ve handled many workers’ compensation claims over the years, and we’re well-versed in both Illinois and Indiana state laws. Learn how we’ve applied our expertise to past cases and achieved impressive results for our clients.
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If you sustain an injury at work, we recommend a specific course of action to protect your rights as best you can.
Here’s a straightforward guide on what to do after an on-the-job injury:
The Joliet workers’ compensation attorneys at Midwest Injury Lawyers can make this time easier for you and help you recover the benefits you need. Call us now at (815) 714-6131 or reach out online for your complimentary case evaluation.
210 N Hammes Ave
Unit 205 C
Joliet, IL 60435
Receiving maximum compensation for workplace injuries requires knowledge of workers’ compensation law, as well as the ability to identify any negligent third parties who may share some responsibility for causing an injury. It is crucial to get advice from an attorney who understands how to obtain quick and sufficient compensation for a workplace injury.
– Chester L. Cameron
Tell our experienced team about your accident and/or injuries. One of our personal injury attorneys will contact you to schedule a free case evaluation. Remember: you won’t pay for anything unless we secure a compensation on your behalf.
Call (312) 786-5881 or send us a message online to get started.