Injured on the Job? Know Your Legal Rights
Accidents can happen in all types of workplaces, from busy construction sites and warehouses, to everyday office environments. If you have suffered any type of job-related injury, it is important to know your legal rights. A victim of a work-related injury or illness is eligible for many forms of compensation including reasonable medical care required to cure or relieve the impact of the injury, lost time from work, and any temporary or permanent disability.
Illinois Workers’ compensation is a system of benefits that:
– Pays for the lost time from work
– Pays for any temporary or permanent disabilities
– Pays for the medical treatment and medical bills incurred by work-related injuries and illnesses
If you have suffered an injury at work, we recommend the following steps:
1. Get emergency treatment
Obtain first aid or any other necessary medical treatment as soon as possible. Your claim is strengthened if you have medical treatment on the date of the accident that provides an accurate history of how the accident happened and the injuries suffered. Make sure to list any and all body parts that were injured in the accident and give a descriptive history of the accident to all medical providers.
2. Report the injury to your employer
Notify your employer about the injury and the way in which it occurred, as soon as possible. Remember that notice given to a co-worker is not the same as notice given to your employer. If possible, report the accident in writing, have the supervisor sign the report, and save a copy of the report.
3. Contact our office immediately
Call Krol, Bongiorno & Given. Once you have received necessary emergency medical treatment, your next step is to call an experienced workers’ compensation attorney. Since 1962, the law firm of Krol, Bongiorno & Given, Ltd. has been a leader in the field of workers’ compensation law, protecting the rights of tens of thousands of workers injured while on the job.
Finding an experienced work accident attorney is crucial when trying to seek compensation so that you can make sure that your rights are fully protected. We can get you on your way to filing a claim against the responsible party. If you have been injured at your place of work, call us at (312) 726-5567 for a free consultation or contact us online.