Hurt On the Job
Understanding Your Rights As A Worker
Workers’ compensation is a no-fault system of benefits paid by an employer to workers who experience job-related injuries or diseases. The types of injuries that are covered are those caused by accidents or by repetitive movement. If you’ve been injured on the job, you may be entitled to damages for medical expenses and lost wages. Berg & Berg can assess your case and help you determine how to move forward.
What You Can Expect
By law, most employers must carry workers’ compensation insurance. Since workers’ compensation cases are no-fault, it does not matter whether or not the employer was being negligent at the time of injury. The court system for workers’ compensation cases is operated by the IWCC.
Once your employer reports the accident to its insurance company, a claims adjuster will take over the case and determine whether the insurance is going to pay benefits. If the case becomes complicated or is scheduled for a court hearing, the insurance company will hire an attorney. Berg & Berg will negotiate on your behalf with the claims adjuster and the opposing counsel.
It’s important to remember that the trial in a workers’ compensation case is much like any other trial. Please keep all items of evidentiary value like costs, bills, and photograph the various stages of your injury and recovery.