This is the first post in a series of articles discussing workplace injuries that result in the victim’s permanent disability under Illinois’ workers’ compensation laws. When a workplace accident results in serious injuries to an employee, the workers’ compensation system is designed to provide medical benefits and ongoing wages to the injured party. In some cases, injuries are so serious that the individual is unable to perform the duties they had prior to the incident or unable to work in any capacity permanently. Under such circumstances, a person may be considered permanently disabled and may be entitled to long-term benefits. The goal of this series is to explain Illinois’ laws regarding permanent disabilities and the process of claiming the benefits to which an injured party may be entitled. Another objective is to provide information that may assist you in selecting an attorney to represent you in such matters. If you or a loved one has been injured at work, contact our Peoria office to speak with a lawyer.
This series will focus on the following topics:
- 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
A serious injury at work can have a devastating impact on one’s health and finances. It is important to understand these subjects if you have been hurt at the workplace. First, Illinois law establishes the guidelines to determine whether an injury is considered a permanent disability. Interpreting the rules can be complicated. An experienced workers’ rights lawyer can review your case and help determine if you are eligible for benefits. Second, depending upon the nature of the injury and the individual’s ability to resume any type of work, one may be considered partially or totally disabled. Benefits will differ based upon which designation one is given. Third, filing a claim for permanent disability can be complicated, particularly when an employer disputes the injured party’s claim. In such cases, your attorney may request formal hearings to resolve the issues. Counsel with experience representing injured workers will understand how to navigate this process. Fourth, given that the benefits awarded in permanent disability cases are significant and dependent upon one’s ongoing inability to work, individuals are required to comply with certain requirements after a claim is approved. Failure to do so may jeopardize any benefits to be awarded in the future. Finally, if a claim is denied, there are opportunities to appeal and challenge the determination. It is imperative to contact a lawyer in these circumstances to represent your interests.
Injuries from workplace accidents can be devastating to victims and their families. It is important to retain counsel early in the process to establish that your injury has caused permanent damage. An experienced workers’ comp attorney can work with your treating physicians and other experts to understand your medical prognosis and challenge employer disputes. Contact our Peoria office today to schedule an appointment. Our firm also serves clients in the Illinois cities of Bloomington, Eureka, Galesburg, Morton, Normal, Pekin, Springfield, and Washington.