Illinois Workers Basic Rights
Most workers who are injured in Illinois are not aware of their rights under the law. If you suffer injuries on the job, benefits you are entitled to include:
- Temporary disability payments. You may be entitled to receive temporary total disability payments (weekly payments equaling 66 2/3 of your weekly salary) if forced to miss work.
- In many cases an injured worker can see up to two doctors of his own choice, and the employer is also responsible for paying the charges made by any other doctors or hospitals to whom the worker is referred by either of his first two choices of doctors. However, if the employer maintains a Preferred Provider list, the worker is required to select a treater from that list as his first choice of doctor, or else forfeit that first choice. In that case, he will be entitled to only one doctor of his own choice. In our opinion, the doctors on an employer’s Preferred Provider list are biased in favor of the employer and should not be seen. Because declining to treat with the employer’s doctors will leave the worker with only one choice of doctor, it is important that he contact us before beginning treatment so that we can review with you your doctors and make the best use of your choice.
- Permanent disability benefits. You may be entitled to permanent disability benefits, representing a settlement for your injuries.
In addition to your basic rights, the Workers Compensation Act governs other aspects of workers compensation law. The Illinois Industrial Commission rules on these cases, and thousands of cases that the Illinois courts have ruled on establish the legal precedent for future claims.
At The Law offices of Dworkin and Maciariello, our workers compensation lawyers have extensive knowledge of Illinois workers compensation act and workers rights. Our experienced Illinois workers compensation lawyers fight diligently for your recovery to get the justice you deserve.
If you are injured on the job in Chicago, Illinois, request a Free Case Evaluation – Call Toll Free (888) 460-4878.