Injured UPS Drivers
Those who drive for a living are at risk for serious, acute injuries as well as repetitive motion injuries. Sometimes they are to blame for their own injuries, while in other cases, they may be injured through the fault of another. If you are hurt on the job as a UPS driver in Chicago, you may be eligible for workers’ compensation benefits. Workers’ compensation benefits are no-fault benefits; you do not need to show that anyone else was at fault for your injuries. Often, valid workers’ compensation claims are denied or workers are denied a benefit they need, even though they receive others. At Katz, Friedman, Eisenstein, Johnson, Bareck & Bertuca, we represent injured UPS drivers. We are seasoned Chicago workers’ compensation attorneys who can look closely at your situation to help you seek relief after you’ve been injured on the job.Injured UPS Drivers
The workers’ compensation system was designed to make it easier for injured workers to obtain compensation after an accident on the job or in the course of employment. If you are a UPS employee in or around Chicago who was injured on the job, you may be able to obtain these benefits even if you are partly to blame for the accident. Your employer cannot legitimately deny you benefits in situations where your own negligence caused the accident. Nor do you need to show that your employer was at fault for the accident in order to recover benefits. Although the system was set up to make it easier to obtain benefits, many insurers are more interested in profits than people and you may be denied benefits even where your claim clearly entitles you to them.
UPS drivers may be hurt in many different ways. They may be acutely injured in a crash while driving. They may be hurt while lifting heavy packages or putting them down. They may be injured as a result of repetitive motion. Work-related injuries can be very expensive and prevent a worker from doing his or her job. As an injured UPS driver and classified as an employee, you may be eligible for workers’ compensation.Workers’ Compensation Benefits
Workers’ compensation benefits in Illinois address items such as lost wages and medical bills. They may include temporary total or partial disability benefits, permanent partial or total disability benefits, and any reasonable medical care needed to relieve or cure the harm done by injury. If an injured UPS employee dies as a result of injuries sustained on the job, their family can recover death benefits, which include funeral and burial costs.
Generally, in order to obtain benefits you will need to report your injury and file a claim within a narrow window of time, and if you miss that narrow window within which to provide notice, your claim might be denied automatically. A knowledgeable workers’ compensation lawyer can help you with the process of giving notice after a work injury.Third Party Claims
Sometimes, an injured UPS driver is harmed by another party’s negligence or recklessness or misconduct. In that case, it may be possible to recover damages through a third party claim. For example, if you are a UPS driver whose vehicle was hit by a drunk driver and you suffer paralysis, you may bring a third party lawsuit against the drunk driver. One of the benefits of the third party lawsuit is that you can recover noneconomic damages such as pain and suffering that you cannot obtain as a benefit through the workers’ compensation system.Consult a Skilled Workers’ Compensation Attorney in Chicago
If you’re an injured UPS driver hoping to secure workers’ compensation benefits in Chicago, you can call the lawyers of Katz, Friedman, Eisenstein, Johnson, Bareck & Bertuca. We represent workers in Champaign, Rockford, Quincy, and Aurora, as well as Cook, Adams, Sangamon, Kane and Winnebago Counties. We evaluate our client’s disabilities to figure out whether there are also forms of relief available, such as fighting for damages in a personal injury lawsuit. Contact us at 312-263-6330 or 800-444-1525 or via our online form.