If you get hurt at work in Illinois, then YES, you should definitely hire a lawyer to represent your legal interests. This is true even if you receive Illinois Workers’ Compensation benefits.While Illinois Workers’ Compensation may provide medical benefits, pay benefits, and disability benefits, the severity of your injury may leave you with greater financial needs. While Illinois Workers’ Compensation prevents you from suing employers and co-employees, it does not prevent you from pursuing damages in a third-party civil suit. This means you can recover money from independent contractors and other liable third-party individuals.In a third-party claim, you can pursue damages for things such as:
- medical bills
- lost wages and the loss of future wages; and
- any pain and suffering that you’ve experienced.
Furthermore, if a loved one has died in a work-related accident, then you may file a wrongful death lawsuit. In a wrongful death lawsuit you may recover damages for:
- medical bills;
- lost wages and the loss of future wages;
- any pain and suffering that you’ve experienced;
- the loss of guidance and companionship; and
- the loss of services, such household chores, child care and transportation
If you want to pursue damages beyond Illinois Workers’ Compensation, you should get the professional help of a Chicago personal injury lawyer.
Hiring a Chicago Personal Injury Lawyer
You should be able to recover from your injuries without worrying about court documents and filing paperwork. While you adjust to life after your injuries, you can take comfort in knowing you don’t have to handle an injury alone.When you have the help of a trusted Chicago personal injury lawyer from the Law Offices of Barry G. Doyle, P.C. you’ll get expert legal advice and guidance concerning your long-term needs. Contact us today for a free case evaluation – 312-263-1080