Types of Workers Compensation Injuries
There are many different injuries that qualify for workers’ compensation benefits. In order for an injury or illness to be compensable under workers’ compensation laws, it must “arise out of and in the course of employment.” Workers’ compensation coverage extends to a variety of injuries including but are not limited to:
- Pre-existing medical conditions that are aggravated by a work-related injury or work activity
- Repetitive trauma injuries, which are injuries caused by the performance of repeated physical actions (e.g. carpal tunnel syndrome, rotator cuff tears)
- Illnesses that arise because of repeated exposure to harmful substances such as chemicals or toxins
- Injuries that occur while participating in work-related events
- Injuries that occur because of extreme physical or psychological stress
Workers’ compensation is a no-fault system, which means that benefits are available to workers regardless of who is at fault for the accident or injury. Benefits are generally limited to medical expenses, lost wages (temporary total disability) and permanent disability, however, a loss of future wages claim requires proof by using vocational specialists who are experts in vocational rehabilitation. The level of benefits paid out for disability varies depending on the degree of permanency caused by the injury and your average weekly wage or the particular compensation rates as determined by the Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES). The IDES sets maximum and minimum weekly benefit levels every six months.
At Katz Friedman, Eagle, Eisenstein, Johnson & Bareck, we have a long history of proving the compensability of work-related injuries, and we work closely with medical specialists and experts to do so. Our attorneys have successfully prosecuted workers’ compensation cases involving employers in a wide range of industries. If you have been injured at work in the state of Illinois, contact us for a free consultation to discuss your claim.