Pekin Workers' Compensation Claims Lawyers
If you have been injured on the job, you have a right to receive workers' compensation benefits for medical bills and lost wages. Most employers in Illinois are required to carry workers' compensation insurance, which they may buy from a commercial workers' compensation insurance provider, or choose to self insure.
Workers' compensation covers your work-related injuries, including but not limited to, carpal tunnel injuries and repetitive stress injuries. By law, the employer must pay for workers' compensation insurance coverage, and cannot discriminate against you if you have filed a workers' compensation claim. An attorney at Kanoski Bresney can help you gain the benefits you are entitled to receive.
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How can I protect my right to worker's compensation coverage?
In Illinois it is the responsibility of the employee to prove that he or she qualifies for benefits. It is important that you report injuries as soon as they happen, so that you do not miss a filing deadline, and lose your right to workers' compensation.
Many clients find medical benefits under workers' compensation confusing. Your employer is responsible for paying for all appropriate medical care. If you become disabled, they may be responsible for paying adaptive technology, such as a wheelchair or an access ramp to your home.
Our attorneys have deep experience in workers' compensation issues, and are adept at explaining coverage rules, such as the two doctor rule.
All medical care under worker's compensation must be reasonable and necessary, related to the work injury and within the two doctor rule, which allows an injured employee to choose a doctor or hospital for treatment after a work injury. The employee can then request referrals from the doctor or hospital to other doctors for further testing or treatment and, if not satisfied, the employee can choose a second doctor for appropriate treatment or for referrals to another specialist.
The employee may not see any other doctors or hospital unless the employer or the insurance company gives specific permission to do so, or else the employee will be responsible for the charges. Because of the limited number of doctors allowed by law, Kanoski Bresney always recommends asking for a referral before seeing any new doctors or hospitals.
Filing for workers' compensation is often challenging. For seasoned counsel, turn to a lawyer at Kanoski Bresney, with offices in Bloomington, Champaign, Decatur, Macomb, Pekin, Quincy, Rushville and Springfield.