If you have been injured on the job in Chicago, Illinois, then there are various benefits available in a Worker’s Compensation claim. These benefits include:
- Replacement income
- Coverage for medical expenses
- Vocational rehabilitation benefits (on-the-job training, job placement assistance)
However, the benefits you may receive from a Worker’s Compensation claim are relatively moderate. While you are temporarily unable to work, the replacement income is usually paid as 2/3’s of your average wages. But this income is tax-free, which means that you may receive a decent wage.If you are permanently unable to work, then you may be eligible for long-term benefits, or one substantial lump-sum payment. The amount of the lump-sum will depend on the severity of your personal injuries.Those who are permanently unable to work may also claim Social Security benefits. To qualify for these benefits, your injury must prevent you from doing any “substantial gainful activity”, and must be expected to last at least 12 months, or be expected to result in your death. Substantial gainful activity is the Social Security Administration’s monthly income limit. If you are making more than this limit, you cannot receive disability benefits.While these programs exist to help you, they may not be enough. It is also possible that your work-related injury was caused by a third-party that you may be entitled to recover damages from. That’s why you should always talk to a Chicago personal injury lawyer after a serious worksite accident who can explain your legal options for obtaining the compensation you need.
Hiring a Chicago personal injury Lawyer
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