This is the final post in a series of articles discussing workplace injuries that result in the victim’s permanent disability under Illinois’ workers’ compensation laws. My previous post discussed how to respond if your claim is denied. Illinois’ law allows appeals of such decisions. The process may be contentious and working with an experienced disability attorney can help ensure that your rights are protected. Throughout this series, my goal has been to explain Illinois’ laws regarding permanent disability claims and the benefits to which an injured party may be entitled. With so much at stake following a serious workplace injury, I cannot stress enough the importance of retaining a lawyer to assist with your claim. If you or a loved one has been injured at work, contact our Peoria office to schedule a consultation.
This series addressed the following subjects:
- When an injured worker is eligible to receive permanent disability benefits
- The differences between permanent partial disabilities (PPD) and permanent total disabilities (PTD)
- The process of filing a claim for permanent disability
- Ongoing permanent disability benefits and requirements
- How to respond when a permanent disability claim has been denied
I felt it was important to address these topics for several reasons. First, if you have been injured and are unable to work, understanding Illinois’ permanent disability laws is the first step toward getting the benefits to which one is entitled. Second, benefits will differ based upon whether an individual is considered partially or totally disabled. This determination is based on a number of factors including the nature of the injury and the ongoing limitations on one’s ability to work. Third, filing a permanent disability claim can be complicated. This is especially true when disputes arise with the injured party’s employer. It is important to understand the claims process and work with an attorney to favorably resolve such disputes. Fourth, to preserve one’s right to receive ongoing benefits, it is imperative to meet the requirements of the program. Failure to do so may result in the loss of substantial payments. Finally, one may not know how to proceed after their claim has been denied. An experienced attorney can assist you with the appeals process in such an event.
I have extensive experience assisting clients with workers’ compensation and permanent disability claims. Contact our Peoria office today to speak with an attorney. Our firm also serves clients in the Illinois cities of Bloomington, Eureka, Galesburg, Morton, Normal, Pekin, Springfield, and Washington.