The Basics of Workers Compensation in Illinois

James Hamman, a Chicago workers compensation lawyer at Newman Boyer & Statham Ltd., recently settled a workers comp case for a truck driver who slipped and fell while making a delivery. Mr. Hamman settled the case for $240,000 on behalf of his client. While negotiating the settlement, the injured worker’s employer paid all of the worker’s medical expenses and 66% of his lost wages. While most people who sustain a job-related injury are entitled to workers compensation benefits, often actually receiving those benefits isn’t easy.

Incidences such as those experienced by the injured truck driver make one eligible for workers compensation benefits. Other examples of covered injuries and illnesses may include:

  • Mesothelioma resulting from asbestos exposure
  • Herniated disc resulting from repeated heavy lifting
  • Spinal fracture due to a fall from scaffolding, roof or other height
  • Whiplash from an auto accident that occurred while the driver was working
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome from excessive typing
  • Traumatic brain injury as the result being hit by a falling object

Workers compensation provides benefits to employees for work-related injuries or occupational diseases. In Illinois, the Illinois Workers Compensation Commission is the state agency responsible for resolving injury related disputes between employers and employees. Workers comp is a no-fault program — meaning even if you caused your injuries or illness, you may still receive benefits.

If you have suffered a work-related injury, consult with a Chicago workers comp lawyer and get you the compensation you deserve.

The law firm of Newman Boyer & Statham Ltd. houses a team of skilled attorneys with extensive experience in workers comp law.

Choose workers compensation lawyers in Chicago prepared to help

If you require a personal injury lawyer, look no further than The Law Offices of Newman, Boyer & Statham, Ltd. We are a full-service personal injury firm located one block from the Richard J. Daley Center, offering flexible office hours, free initial consultations and a contingency fee-based practice. Home and hospital visits can be arranged. Contact us at 312.443.1998 or online today.

by: David A. Statham