Workers’ Compensation is an insurance that will compensate workers who are injured or become ill while on the job. If you have been injured, you may be wondering how the process of filing for Workers’ Compensation benefits works. For a better understanding, read our Overview of Workers’ Compensation Claims. Sometimes, injured workers are entitled to Occupational Disease Compensation. This is compensation that a worker may be eligible for if they have been exposed to something on the job that resulted in illness. To qualify, it must be proven that the disease was a direct result of the occupation. For instance, if a worker had to remove asbestos and is later diagnosed with the pulmonary disease known as asbestosis, the worker may be able to receive Occupational Disease Compensation.The same benefits are received whether a worker was injured on the job or disabled because of an occupational disease. However, there is a difference in the time limit of filing a claim. To file a claim for a work-related occupational disease, it must be:
- 2 years from the date of the disability; or
- 2 years from the time the worker knew or should have known that the disability was a result of their occupation.
With occupational disease, a worker can be considered disabled even if they continue working. If you have been injured or become ill while on the job, you should contact a Chicago personal injury attorney who can help you through the process.Hiring a Chicago Personal Injury AttorneyDuring this time, recovering from your injuries should be your main focus, not dealing with insurance adjusters and escalating medical bills. Retaining the legal services of a Chicago personal injury attorney can help you focus on getting better while your attorney deals with the insurance companies on your behalf.The Chicago personal injury attorneys at the Law Offices of Barry G. Doyle, P.C. will help you monitor your medical expenses and work toward a settlement to cover all of the treatments you need to get your life back on track. Contact us today for a free case evaluation – (312) 263-1080.