Workers Compensation Lawyer Arlington Heights, IL
Suffering a serious work related injury can be financially devastating for you and your family if you do not know your rights and take the necessary steps to protect them. Many employers do not properly inform their employees of their rights as they relate to work injuries and others do understand that having employees that get injured at work is part of the cost of doing business, have proper workers’ compensation insurance to provide for what they know will occur. In either case, you as an injured worker should not be intimidated or dissuaded from asserting your rights provided by law.
First, you should know that there are very severe penalties for employers that make threats or terminate an employer with a work related injury. Therefore, your best course of action if you believe you work for such an employer is to file your worker’s compensation case as soon as possible. By taking that action, any negative conduct of your employer against you will be very heavily scrutinized and could result in further liability. When you suffer a work related injury the first thing you should do is report it, preferably in writing, as soon as possible to your supervisor so that the date, time, place and circumstances can be properly documented. Do not fail to report your injury because you feel it was your fault.
The workers’ compensation system, unlike personal injury cases in civil court is not a fault based system. Even if you feel you are somewhat at fault for the injury, it does not matter if your injury was caused in the course and scope of your employment. When you sustain a work related injury you have the right to certain monetary compensation: 1) disability payments for the time your treating doctor believes you should not return to work; 2) all reasonable and necessary medical bills incurred as a result of the work related injury; and 3) a permanent disability award. Exactly what these payment will consist of are unique to each case and will depend on the nature and extent of the injury and your particular annual weekly wage. There is no cost to you to file a workers’ compensation case and we do not get paid unless we obtain a settlement or award in your favor.
If you have suffered any of the following work related injuries: back injury, neck injury, herniated discs, broken arm, broken leg, carpal tunnel syndrome, torn rotator cuff, concussion, head injury, the experienced attorneys of CHARLES T. NEWLAND & ASSOCIATES can protect your rights and see that you obtain the optimal compensation.