Workers’ Compensation

Workers compensation is a system of medical and monetary benefits designed to help people when they get injured on the job. Work injuries can be terrifying, as the injured employee faces the loss of their health and their income, and potentially their entire career.

Each state has its own workers compensation laws, and the benefits you deserve depend on the nature and severity of your injuries, your income, and the state you work in. A good workers compensation lawyer can help you through the process and try to maximize the amount you can recover. 

If you’ve been injured at your job, it’s important to find a lawyer experienced in both state and federal workers' compensation claims. That attorney can help you understand your claim and assist you in obtaining the maximum benefits possible.

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A Tell your employer immediately. If they blow you off, give them something in writing (and keep a copy of it). Seek medical attention. Your employer may want to send you to the doctor they choose. They may also want to do a drug test.
A The neat thing about workers comp is that fault doesn’t matter in most cases. Even if you did something stupid, you may still be entitled to compensation. There are exceptions to this – but give us a call and we’ll let you know if you qualify.
A If you get hurt at work and a doctor takes you off of work, you are entitled to Temporary Total Disability benefits. In Illinois, that is 2/3 of your average weekly wage. Most employers pay this voluntarily, but some don’t, and even some of the ones that do don’t calculate it right and cost you money.
A The employer is responsible for paying your reasonable and necessary medical bills. Many times they do exactly that, but sometimes they will deny you medical treatment. In those cases, it can be very helpful to have a good workers compensation lawyer.
A Sometimes they do, but often they don’t. Employers often don’t pay anything for workers compensation cases before a lawyer gets involved, and the ones that do don’t always make a fair offer. Employers (and their insurance companies) have been known to deny medical treatment.
A We have represented people in that unfortunate situation before. Workers compensation laws vary by state, but do provide for future benefits for employees who are unable to return to work.
A State law makes it illegal for employers to retaliate against an employee for exercising his or her workers compensation rights. In our experience, this doesn’t happen often, but it does happen. If it does, you may be able to sue for damages.
A Each case depends on its own facts. Anyone who hears a little bit about your case and tells you what it’s worth doesn’t know what they’re talking about. The value of each case depends on many things – liability (whose fault was it), the severity of the injury, the amount of monetary damages (medical bills, lost wages, etc), the permanency of the injury, and many other things. With personal injury and medical malpractice cases, it can be difficult to predict what a jury would do. When we accept a case, we will let you know once the case is ready for potential settlement what we think a reasonable verdict range is, and then we will help you decide whether to settle the case or take it to trial.
A Each case is different. Some cases come into our office and are resolved in a few weeks – some take several years. Again, this depends on the nature of the case and severity of the injuries. In many cases we want to wait until you heal up before we try to get the case resolved. In other cases, that simply isn’t possible. We pursue all of our cases diligently – we want to get them done for you quickly and efficiently – but we don’t sacrifice quality to get them done fast.
A In most cases, we don’t charge money up front. We typically work on a contingent fee – meaning that we get a percentage of whatever we get you. When we do that, we don’t charge you if we lose the case. We also don’t make you pay for case costs along the way. If we win or settle, those costs come out of your settlement. If we lose, you don’t owe us anything for costs. In some cases, we charge an hourly rate – usually because the case hopefully won’t take a lot of time and it would be unfair for us to charge a percentage of a relatively easily recovery. Either way, we discuss all fee issues with you up front before you sign up with us.
A We will talk to you about your case on the phone to see if we can help you. We won’t give you legal advice or tell you what to do when you first call us because we frankly won’t know enough about the case to give you the type of advice you deserve. If you come in to meet with us, you don’t owe us anything for the initial visit.
A In any serious case, it’s usually a good idea to have an attorney. Of course, we turn down cases nearly every day where we can’t help the person. Why do we do that? Because if we took those cases, the client wouldn’t be happy and we wouldn’t be happy (and frankly probably wouldn’t make any money). Call us, and we will do our best to tell you if you need an attorney. As for why you should pick us? We believe our bios and our success record speak for themselves.
A No. While there are some great lawyers in Chicago, there are great lawyers right here in the Quad Cities. Look at our resumes and speak with us before you call someone from out of the area. We think you’ll find that we have the experience, skills, and personal touch you are looking for.

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