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​Experienced ILLINOIS Workers’ Compensation Lawyers
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Workers’ Compensation Appeals for Road Construction Workers

Trustworthy Road Construction Worker Attorneys in Chicago

When you’re injured on the job as a road construction worker, you are entitled to apply for workers’ compensation benefits. Most Illinois employers are required to procure workers’ compensation insurance, and their insurers pay out claims for work-related injuries and illnesses. Among the employers required to obtain this insurance are road construction companies. It is important to retain an experienced Chicago workers’ compensation lawyer to seek the best outcome At Katz, Friedman, Eisenstein, Johnson, Bareck & Bertuca, we have more than 60 years of experience. We represent road construction workers in Rockford, Aurora, Champaign, or Quincy, or anywhere in Winnebago, Kane, Sangamon, Cook, and Adams Counties and have been honored and recognized for our work.

Workers’ Compensation Appeals for Road Construction Workers

You should hire a lawyer to handle your hearing once you realize an insurer disputes the benefits to which you’re entitled. The evidence presented to the arbitrator at a hearing can make a big difference to your appeals in the event he or she decides against you or doesn’t agree that you deserve the full benefits to which you’re entitled. One reason it is critical to retain counsel early on is that our involvement at the initial stages can allow us to help you avoid drawn-out appeals and ensure appropriate arguments are entered into the record. Additionally, our familiarity with our situation can help us to draft an informal appeals letter as appropriate.

Sometimes, an arbitrator sides with a worker, but the staffing company or its insurer appeal the arbitrator’s decision or that of the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Commission. You, too, have the opportunity to appeal if you disagree with a decision.

How Do I Appeal a Workers’ Compensation Denial?

Our Chicago workers’ compensation attorneys can appeal a workers’ compensation denial if you receive an adverse decision from the arbitrator assigned to hear your case at the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Commission. To appeal an arbitrator’s denial, we will submit two copies of a petition for review along with a written explanation of why you are appealing within 30 days of the denial.

Within 35 days, we will need to file either a statement that talks about the facts about which you and the road construction company agree that were presented at the hearing or a hearing transcript. It is crucial you give us a call immediately after a denial of your claim. If you don’t file the appropriate documents in time and don’t get an extension, an arbitrator’s decision becomes the final decision.

At the appeal, three IWCC commissioners will hear arguments for why the denial was inappropriate. They will review all evidence used in the arbitration hearing as well as the arbitrator’s decision and any written arguments presented by you and the insurer. When our attorneys request a panel hearing, we will need to present oral arguments on your behalf. A decision will be made by the commissioners within 60 days.

Issues Our Law Firm May Need to Address at an Appeal

Sometimes there are more issues on appeal than there would have been had we represented you at the hearing. In an appeal, we may be more restricted in what issues we can raise, based on what happened at the initial hearing before an arbitrator. Issues can arise over whether the arbitrator correctly determined your injury wasn’t work-related, whether your injury was because of a second job and not the road construction job, whether an arbitrator fairly considered evidence about whether you have work restrictions, whether you need a particular type of medical care and whether the sides’ experts presented appropriate evidence to support their positions.

Call a Workers’ Compensation Lawyer About Your Workers’ Compensation Appeal

If you need to bring a workers’ compensation appeal as a road construction worker injured on the job, call our trustworthy Chicago workers’ compensation attorneys. We have 60 years of experience representing those who have lost loved ones, and we understand the grief and pain these losses bring. We can also represent you in a third party lawsuit or Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) claim. Call us at 312-724-5846 or complete our online form.