Workers’ Compensation will provide financial compensation to employees who suffer work-related injuries or diseases. If an injury is the result of someone else’s negligence, then, in addition to Workers’ Compensation, you may also be eligible to file a third-party liability claim.
Workers’ Compensation BenefitsEvery year, the State of Illinois experiences thousands of Workers’ Compensation claims. If you have been injured in a Chicago work accident, it is important to understand that Workers’ Compensation benefits may not provide all the compensation to which you may be entitled. Workers’ Compensation may provide the following:
- Medical care for your injuries;
- 70% of your weekly wages; and
- Limited compensation for your injuries.
It is also important to understand that by receiving these benefits, you will have given up your right to file a lawsuit against your employer or co-workers if their negligence contributed to your accident and injuries.
Third-Party Liability Lawsuits
The good news is that you don’t give up your rights to file a lawsuit against someone other than your employer or co-worker whose negligence may have resulted in your injuries. In this situation, you can pursue both Workers’ Compensation benefits and liability benefits. This is known as a third-party liability lawsuit and a Chicago injury lawyer can assist you with the process.
A third-party liability lawsuit will enable you to recover damages, which can include:
- Past and future medical expenses;
- Past and future wages;
- Past and future pain and suffering;
- Disfigurement; and
- Emotional distress.
Of course, pursuing both an Illinois Workers’ Compensation claim and third-party liability claim can be a very complicated process. In order to successfully win your cases, you should seek the help of an experienced Chicago injury lawyer who will fight for your rights and work in your best interest.
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