Workers’ Compensation

A workplace injury not only causes severe pain but can be detrimental to your earning potential due to recovery time. The inability to earn income, coupled with your extensive lineup of medical bills, is financially devastating. A workplace injury can leave unsure of where to turn next. If you were injured while on the job, our legal team can help you seek benefits under the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Act.

Workers’ compensation is a state-mandated system of benefits that pays for the medical costs associated with job-related injuries or illness. The personal injury attorneys at Scott W. Sheen & Associates have substantial experience in all aspects of workers’ compensation, including subsequent injuries after returning to work. We will guide you throughout the claims process to recover the most significant compensation for your work injury.

Our team will help you achieve the maximum settlement for your medical bills, permanent injury, loss of earnings, and other financial damages. We have access to all the necessary resources to build a compelling work injury case on your behalf.

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Workers’ compensation replaces a portion of the lost wages if the employee requires modified work duties below their current rate of pay or is unable to return to any employment. Unlike an employee’s wages, workers’ compensation benefits are not taxable. However, obtaining these benefits can be a confusing process.

Permanent Total Disability (PTD)
Payable to employees who are never able to return to employment

Permanent Partial Disability (PPD)
Payable to employees who have been able to return to work with modified duties

Disfigurement
Recovery for scarring and burn injuries

When you suffer a workplace injury, the claims process for workers’ compensation can be very complex and bureaucratic. The application forms are incredibly detailed, and even the slightest error could result in a denial of your benefits. The attorneys at Scott W. Sheen & Associates will help you understand your case’s complexities while obtaining the benefits you rightfully deserve.

Common Types of Work Injuries

Repetitive Motion Injuries

Carpal tunnel resulting from repetitive activities like typing, causing numbness and weakness. Tendonitis can occur in the hips, elbows, wrists, knees, or ankles.

Back Muscle Sprains

Lifting or pushing heavy objects, or resulting from a slip and fall

Shoulder Injuries

Dislocated shoulders caused by abnormal twisting or bending of the shoulder

Knee Injuries and Torn Ligaments

Torn ligaments, including ACL and MCL tears in the knees, can occur from squatting and lifting.

Stress Fractures

Overused, fatigued muscles cannot absorb stress and transfer it to a bone, causing tiny cracks.

Broken Bones

Usually caused by slip and falls or being struck by moving objects

Head Injuries

Concussions and other blows to the head can cause traumatic brain injury

Spinal Injuries

Bulging discs and herniations

Spinal Cord Injuries

Falls from any elevation, vehicle accidents, and being struck by cranes or heavy equipment can result in paralysis.

Electrical Shock

Construction workers, telephone pole and electrical workers may contact live wires.

Exposure to Toxic Substances

Chemicals, asbestos, or mold can result in respiratory problems, skin irritations, and organ damage.

Burns

Due to fire, explosions, and chemical exposures

Under Illinois Workers’ Compensation laws, compensation does not apply if the employee has acted outside of the scope of their doctor’s orders. To ensure you have a viable workers’ compensation claim, you must obey their activity restrictions.

Choosing the right attorney can make all the difference during your personal injury claim. The experienced attorneys at Scott W. Sheen & Associates ensure you receive the compensation you deserve in a stress-free manner.

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