Champaign Workers’ Compensation Attorney
Workplace accidents and injuries are a common occurrence, particularly in certain industries. If you have been injured on the job in Illinois, you should be entitled to receive workers’ compensation benefits. Unfortunately, employers and insurance companies don’t always make it easy to claim the benefits you need. Contact the Champaign workers’ compensation attorneys at Kanoski Bresney today for experienced legal representation in your workers’ compensation claim.
Why Choose Our Firm?
- We are the largest injury law firm in Central Illinois, with 12 attorneys and more than 24 staff to handle your workers’ compensation claim.
- We are client-oriented and committed to serving your best interests.
- We operate on a contingency-fee basis, meaning you pay us no fees until we recover compensation for you.
Why You Need a Workers Comp Attorney
Your employer’s insurance company has a job to do, and that is to minimize the cost of every workers’ compensation claim, including yours. Our experienced Champaign workers’ compensation lawyers can verify that you are receiving the benefits you should be getting based on your average weekly wage, which insurance companies have been known to undervalue, in addition to other benefits, such as job retraining or home modifications. We can protect your rights and act quickly to solve problems when they arise.
On-the-Job Injury Statistics
As reported by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS):
- 8 million nonfatal workplace injuries and illnesses were reported by private industry employers in 2017.
- On-the-job injuries and illnesses occurred at a rate of 2.8 cases for every 100 full-time equivalent (FTE) workers.
- 882,730 private industry occupational illnesses and injuries resulted in days away from work (DAFW) in 2017.
- The incidence rate for DAFW cases in 2017 was 89.4 per 10,000 FTE workers.
- DAFW cases involving overexertion in lifting or lowering rose to 97,990.
- DAFW cases involving workers who were struck by objects or equipment fell to 136,510.
What Benefits Does Workers’ Compensation Provide?
The workers’ compensation system is designed to provide medical care for work-related injuries and illnesses, compensate you for some of your lost wages, and get you back to work as quickly as possible. It also limits the amount you can receive from your employer.
You should receive temporary total disability payments in an amount that is two-thirds of your average weekly wage, up to a maximum set by law, while you are recovering from your injuries, until your doctor says you have reached maximum medical improvement. Temporary partial disability is paid to workers who are still recovering but able to return to light duty or part-time work.
Permanent Total Disability
Your doctor will evaluate you for disability when your medical treatment is complete. If you are found to be totally and permanently disabled, you will receive weekly payments at your temporary total disability rate for the rest of your life.
Permanent Partial Disability
If your doctor finds that you are partially disabled permanently, you may be eligible for additional benefits, such as wage differential (to compensate you for a loss in earning capacity), disfigurement benefits, and scheduled or nonscheduled loss of use awards. Scheduled awards are for a loss of use of certain body parts, typically at 60% of your average weekly wages for a predetermined number of weeks. Nonscheduled awards are for injured body parts that do not appear on the schedule.
Call Our Champaign Office Today
Workers’ compensation is a complicated system that can be difficult to navigate for those injured in the workplace. Contact the top-rated Champaign workers’ comp lawyers at Kanoski Bresney right away for the legal assistance you need in pursuing your workers’ compensation claim.