Chicago Workers Compensation Attorneys
Hi, I am Chicago Attorney Dan Newlin, former Police Detective. I would like to thank you for visiting my Web page regarding your search for a Chicago workers compensation lawyer. As the son of a Chicago Steel worker and a public servant, I understand firsthand the importance of helping the good people of Chicago and the suburbs recover for their work related injury. If you or one of your family members suffer an accident at work it is extremely important that you immediately report the accident to your employer and seek immediate medical attention. You will also need a strong legal team on your side to help you get the benefits you are legally entitled to and provide you with the necessary information to maximize your recovery. Me and my team of Attorneys can help you do just that. We fight for you, Not the Powerful!
Since the beginning of my career in public service as an EMT and then as Police Detective and now as a trial attorney, it has been my honor to have had the opportunity to help hundreds of innocent victims and their families. If you or a family member have been the victim of a work related accident, I would strongly urge you to call me directly and allow me and my legal team to personally meet you and your family. No matter where you live in Illinois, Chicago or the Suburbs I am here for you 24 hours a day 7 days a week. Me and my legal team would be honored to meet you and your family in person and advice of all of your legal rights and I would be honored to personally help you during this difficult time. If you choose me to help you, I will be by your side from the first moment you contact me until the end of your life, my clients are my clients for life. Call me now directly at 312-888-8000.
Work related accidents happen every day and Illinois law requires your employer to carry insurance to protect you when one of these accidents occurs. If you or a family member have been injured at work and your employer is refusing to provide you medical help or pay you while you are unable to work, do not give up hope, as me and my attorneys can help get you all the benefits you are entitled to under the law. To me, being a lawyer is not just about making a recovery for my clients but it is instead about helping my client become whole again under the law and to minimize the consequence of their accident. My number one goal is to use my skills as a trial attorney and the legal system to get you what you deserve! Me and my team of attorneys’ possess decades of highly qualified experience in handling workers compensation accidents and can help you get all the benefits you are entitled to. If you or a loved one have suffered a work related accident call me today at 312-888-8000 for a free consultation.
Along with getting all the medical help you need for your work related injury, you may be entitled to recover thousands of dollars of monetary damages under the law. These damages can include compensation for medical bills, medical devices or necessary surgeries, loss wages and compensation for any permanent total or partial disability you have suffered as a consequence of the work related accident. Me and my team of attorneys fight for you, not the powerful! I have proudly recovered over 200 Million Dollars for injury and accident victims and I will fight for you!!!
Illinois is one of the better states to be in when it comes to workers’ compensation benefits. Illinois Workers compensation benefits are generally available for all types of workplace injuries. The Illinois Workers’ Compensation Act provides injured workers with payment for lost wages if they cannot work, payment of your reasonably related medical bills and treatment, payments for any partial and/or permanent disability you suffer as well as vocational rehabilitation payment and even death benefits if the accident results in the death of a loved one. Most employers in Chicago have workers’ compensation insurance, which means that the insurance company pays your benefits and not your employer.
In order to be eligible for any type of benefit under the Illinois Workers Compensation Law you must report your Chicago work related accident immediately but no later than 45 days from the date you were injured. Also, there are time limitations during which you can file a claim with the Illinois Workers Compensation Commission for your Chicago work related injury and seek workers compensation benefits. A workers compensation claim must be filed with the Commission within three years of the date the injury was sustained or within two years of the date the employee received their last workers compensation benefits.
Illinois workers’ compensation law entitles you to payments for a portion of your lost wages if you cannot work because of a job-related injury. Specifically, the law says that an injured worker should receive 2/3 of his or her pay until they can return to work. This benefit is called Temporary Total Disability (TTD). The TTD amount you get is calculated using your average weekly wage (AWW). Your AWW is the average amount you earned per week over the 52 weeks prior to your injury. You essentially add up those 52 weeks of pay, divide by 52 and then multiply by 2/3. It is fairly straightforward if you earn the same amount for each paycheck. However, it can vary based on overtime hours, having a second job, bonuses, weeks taken off work and a bunch of other things. Also, note that the average weekly wage is based on your gross pay, not your net pay.
The higher your AWW, the more you will get paid weekly during the pendency of your workers’ compensation case. Your AWW also will also impact how much your case is worth. For example, someone who makes $1,500 a week is going to get a better settlement than someone earning $500 a week who had the exact same treatment, injury and recovery.
Under the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Act, the employer also has to pay for 100% of all medical treatment that is reasonable and related to your injury. The key words are “reasonable” and “related.” “Reasonable” medical care is something that is prescribed by a doctor and generally accepted as an appropriate treatment by other doctors, hence mainstream treatment is usually considered reasonable without much argument. However, things like a special pillow that would make it easier for you to sleep at night after suffering a neck injury could be contested by the employer as it may not be considered reasonable. A good rule of thumb is that if your doctor prescribes it, then there is a good argument that it is reasonable medical care and the employer will likely have to cover the expense.
“Related” means that the treatment has to be related to your work injury. This can be an issue if your doctor sees you for other things in addition to your work injury. If you are seeing your doctor for high blood pressure, and then also for a back injury you suffered on the job, you’ll only get reimbursed for the part of the bill that represents your back treatment only and not the part of the bill that represents treatment for your pre-existing blood pressure condition.
The good news is that if your treatment is reasonable and related to your injury, then the bills should be covered 100%. You shouldn’t be faced with any co-pays or out-of-pocket expenses. Lastly, if you have paid for anything out of pocket, then you should get reimbursed. Make sure to keep all of your receipts.
Also know that if your employer or his insurance carrier is playing typical games, such as denying your claim without a good reason and generally unreasonably delaying your benefits, the me and my team of Chicago workers compensation attorneys can file what’s called a petition for penalties on your behalf. Penalties can be filed when the insurance carrier or the employer delay or wrongly terminate your Temporary Total Disability (TTD) benefits or your medical bills are not getting timely paid. On many occasions, we find that workers compensation adjusters wrongfully deny medical care and money benefits to injured workers leaving the injured worker with little or nothing to survive and seeking penalties is a necessity. Me and my team of attorneys will fight the employer and his carrier for everything you deserve.
However, note that if there is a reasonable basis for the denial of your claim or the refusal to pay your medical bills, then penalties might not be appropriate. In general, penalties are reserved for when the insurance company acts in bad faith. If they’re acting reasonably, even if you think they’re wrong, and even if the judge ends up ruling against them, they will not be assessed penalties, as even though they lost their argument they were not acting in bad faith.
Despite these legal protections, abuse still occurs and can result in serious consequences to you and your family. If you or a loved one has suffered a work related accident it would be an honor to be selected to represent you. When you select me as your attorney, I always consider it an honor and take it very seriously. My attorneys and I promise to work tirelessly to get you all the benefits you are entitled to and maximize your recovery. We will be by your side and fight for you every step of the way. If you have suffered a work related accident, call me directly at 312-888-8000.