Who administers the law?
The Illinois Industrial Commissions responsible for administering the workers compensation laws, providing information and assistance to employees and employers, and resolving any disputes regarding employees' entitlement to benefits and the amount of benefits. The Industrial Commission does not pay benefits--this is the responsibility of the employer.
Our Chicago law firm will help you obtain the above Illinois work comp benefits, even in the most difficult circumstances. If you have suffered a Chicago work injury, then call the attorneys at the Bryant Law Group for a free consultation on your Illinois workers compensation case, so our lawyers can get to work on obtaining the medical treatment and other benefits that your are entitled to.
In most instances, Illinois workers compensation benefits are paid for workplace injuries that are caused, in whole or in part, by the employee's work. Workers Compensation benefits may also be paid for aggravation of a pre-existing condition. Illinois work injuries are accidental if they happen unexpectedly, without plan or design. There are also work injuries brought on by the repetitive use of a part of the body (repetitive trauma injuries), as well as strokes, heart attacks or any other physical problems caused by work.
What workers' compensation benefits are provided?
Medical care benefits
compensation petitioners are entitled to receive all necessary first aid, medical, surgical, therapy and hospital services reasonably required to cure or relieve the effects of the injury or disease. Where necessary, Illinois workers compensation petitioners are also entitled to receive appropriate physical, mental or vocational rehabilitation.
Temporary total disability benefits
Illinois workers compensation petitioners who lose time from work in order to recover from the work injury or disease are entitled to receive weekly payments until they are able to return to work that is reasonably available to them.
The payments represent two-thirds (66 2/3%) of the employee's average weekly earnings during the year before the accident or last exposure. No workers compensation TTD is payable for the first three working days, unless the lost time continues for 14 or more calendar days from the date of injury.
If TTD benefits are not paid within 14 days, and the employer cannot justify the delay in payment, the employer may be required to pay a penalty to Illinois work comp petitioners.
Permanent disability, disfigurement and death benefits
When an Illinois workers compensation petitioner has sustained an injury or disease which results in permanent disability, scarring or other disfigurement, additional benefits are provided to the employee.
If the injury or disease results in the employee's death, certain members of the employee's family are entitled to benefits.
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