Workers' Compensation Benefits
Most electrical workers do not have a large sum set aside in case they become disabled by a work accident. However, as an employee of Commonwealth Edison who is injured on the job, you are entitled to obtain workers’ compensation benefits, which are no-fault benefits, to address a portion of your economic losses. If you need these benefits, you should call the seasoned Chicago workers’ compensation lawyers of Katz, Friedman, Eisenstein, Johnson, Bareck & Bertuca. We’ve fought for the fair handling of workers’ claims for more than sixty years.Workers’ Compensation Benefits for Commonwealth Edison Workers in Chicago
Out in the field, Commonwealth Edison workers face the possibility of catastrophic accidents including electrocution, electric shock, electric burns, and falls. Electrical injuries can be the result of accidental contact with exposed wiring, electrical arcing in a high-voltage power line, or machinery malfunction. For example, you could sustain electric shock by directly contacting a circuit part. However, as an office worker at Commonwealth Edison, you may also be exposed to ordinary wear and tear injuries, such as those that come about due to repetitive motions like typing or lifting.
No-fault benefits our workers’ compensation attorneys may be able to obtain if you were injured or made sick on the job include medical benefits, disability benefits, disfigurement, and vocational rehabilitation. Unlike with a third party lawsuit, you will not need to prove Commonwealth Edison’s fault in order to access these benefits. However, benefits don’t include noneconomic injuries and don’t cover the full range of economic harms you may face as the result of a work accident.Medical Benefits
Commonwealth Edison and its insurer should pay for your reasonable and necessary medical care. While this may seem straightforward, in practice, you should be aware that legitimate claims are denied by insurers hoping to protect profits. Your doctor may need to obtain pre-authorizations for certain treatments. In some cases, insurers improperly deny pre-authorization for needed treatment, leaving an electrical worker unable to get the care he or she needs. If you suspect you may be denied medical care you need for a work-related injury, it’s important to talk to an experienced workers’ compensation lawyer.Disability Benefits
Disability benefits may be permanent or temporary, and partial or total. Many employees that suffer strain or falls are only temporarily injured, but depending on the severity, they may not be able to work at all as they recover. Our attorneys may be able to pursue temporary total disability benefits on your behalf if you can’t work at all after an accident, or if Commonwealth Edison can’t give you modified light duty to accommodate the restrictions your doctor has imposed. You won’t be eligible for temporary total benefits for the first three workdays you miss, until you are unable to work for at least 14 days; at that point, you can obtain the benefits retroactively. Temporary total benefits are calculated as 2/3 of your average weekly wage prior to the work accident. If Commonwealth Edison is able to accommodate your work limitations while you recover, you are expected to return to light duty or part-time work, but you can still receive 2/3 of the difference between what you earned prior to getting injured and your current wages as temporary partial disability benefits.
If you reach maximum medical improvement and you’re still not able to work, you may be able to obtain permanent disability benefits, which can be either partial or total. You would be permanently and totally disabled if you aren’t able to do any type of work or have lost the use of both your legs, feet, arms, hands, or eyes. The calculation for permanent partial disability benefits can be complex; there are four different ways this amount may be calculated depending on the nature of your work-related injuries and the pattern of your work prior to the accident.Hire a Chicago Commonwealth Edison Claims Law Firm
As an injured Commonwealth Edison worker, you may be wondering how to protect your interests. You should contact the Chicago workers’ compensation lawyers of Katz, Friedman, Eisenstein, Johnson, Bareck & Bertuca. We represent workers in Champaign, Rockford, Quincy, and Aurora, as well as Sangamon, Winnebago, Kane, Cook, and Adams Counties. Call us at 800-444-1525 or 312-263-6330 or complete our online form.