ANSWERS TO YOURWorkers' Comp Questions
1.If I'm injured at work, what should I do first?
Immediately report your injury or illness to your employer. You should also immediately seek medical treatment for your injury or illness. Don’t wait to get better!
Once you’ve received proper treatment you should receive a Report of Injury from your employer and obtain a return to work report to give to your employer. Once you have your injury report, contact an experienced law firm like Tuggle, Schiro, Lichtenberger & Themer to start your Workers’ Compensation claim.
Even if you do return to work, you may still have a claim.
2.Are injuries covered if they appear over time?
For the most part, injuries that occur over time are covered. Good examples include carpal tunnel syndrome and permanent hearing loss. However, you will need medical verification of your injury and its connection to your job. Also, the law recognizes cumulative/repetitive trauma to back and neck.
3.What are the time limits for filing a claim?
You have up to two years to file a claim. After that two-year window, your chance to file a claim ends.
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4.When should I talk to a lawyer about my work-related injury?
The Workers’ Compensation laws are complex and constantly changing. A qualified and experienced Workers’ Compensation attorney can assist you with the process of obtaining benefits and make sure you receive all the benefits you are entitled to under the Illinois state laws.
If you have questions, never hesitate to contact a qualified Workers’ Compensation attorney at any time during your claim process. A qualified attorney like one from Tuggle, Schiro, Lichtenberger & Themer can often answer your questions during the initial consultation and make recommendations for moving forward.
5.What if I am never able to return to any type of work because of my injury?
Illinois law allows permanent total disability benefits if you are unable to return to work.
6.Can I draw Social Security benefits at the same time as I am drawing my Temporary Total Disability from Workers' Comp.?
Yes. Between Social Security and Temporary Total Disability benefits, you are entitled to receive no more than 80% of your highest year’s earnings or your time loss compensation or pension rate – whichever is higher.
Social Security will reduce any retroactive benefits based on the wages you were receiving from the Temporary Total Disability. Similarly, the Department will reduce your ongoing benefits based on your Social Security benefits. Applying for Social Security benefits is ideal if you know you will be disabled for at least one year.
Tuggle, Schiro, Lichtenberger & Themer can help you with Workers’ Compensation and Social Security. Call us today, 888-454-1721 , if you have questions about either.
7.Are there other claims that I can bring in addition to Workers' Compensation?
Yes. Here are some examples:
- If you were hurt in a work-related automobile accident and the other driver is at fault
- If your job took you onto some premises other than that of your employer and there was a hidden defect
- If your injury was caused by someone other than a co-worker, or caused by faulty machinery or equipment
If any of the examples apply to your work injury, we may be able to get additional benefits for you.
The good thing about Tuggle, Schiro, Lichtenberger & Themer is that we have attorneys who solely practice in each of these areas, and we work together to get more information.
Call Tuggle, Schiro, Lichtenberger & Themer, 888-454-1721, today to discuss your Workers’ Compensation claim.