I have been involved in a work-related accident. What medical costs are covered by the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Act?

At the law Offices of Attorney Dan Newlin, Chicago, we are honored to protect and fight for injured workers.  As the son of a Chicago Steel worker and as a former police detective, Attorney Dan Newlin understands firsthand the importance of helping the hard working people of Northern Illinois and Chicago.  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.  Attorney Dan Newlin and his team of experienced lawyers will fight for you! We are a local law firm, serving all of Northern Illinois with our law offices located in downtown Chicago.  No matter where you live in Illinois, Chicago or the Suburbs we are here for you 24 hours a day 7 days week, Attorney Dan Newlin or one of his experienced workers compensation attorneys will be honored to meet you in person to advise you of all of your legal rights and will be honored to personally help you during this difficult time.

Being involved in a work related injury in Chicago or the Suburbs may entitle you to thousands of dollars under the Illinois Workers Compensation act for your lost wages, medical bills and long term care. At the Law Office of Attorney Dan Newlin Chicago, we have proudly recovered over 150 Million Dollars for injury victims and work related accidents and we will fight for you!!!  If you are injured in a Chicago work-related accident there is some light at the end of the tunnel. Illinois is one of the better states to be in when it comes to workers’ compensation benefits. The Illinois Workers’ Compensation Act provides injured workers with payment for lost wages if they cannot work, payment of all reasonably related medical bills and treatment, as well as other benefits.

Under the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Act, the employer 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. If you have paid for anything out of pocket, then you should get reimbursed. Make sure to keep all of your receipts. On many occasions we find that workers compensation adjusters wrongfully deny medical care and money benefits to injured workers.  At the Law Office of Attorney Dan Newlin Chicago, we have proudly recovered over 150 Million Dollars for injury victims and work related accidents and we will fight for you.

Attorney Dan Newlin and his team of experienced lawyers will fight for you! We are a local law firm with our law offices located in downtown Chicago.  No matter where you live in Illinois, Chicago or the Suburbs we are here for you 24 hours a day 7 days week, Attorney Dan Newlin or one of his experienced workers compensation attorneys will be honored to meet you in person to advise you of all of your legal rights and will be honored to personally help you during this difficult time.  Attorney Dan Newlin and his experienced team of Chicago attorneys have proudly recovered over 150 Million Dollars for injury and accident victims.  If you have questions about your work related injury call Attorney Dan Newlin now for a free consultation at 312-888-8000.