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Medical benefits under workers' compensation in Illinois


Many Illinois residents can suffer workplace injuries. These injuries can result in a lifelong impairment or disability and even Chicago work-related deaths. This time of year, when construction in the Chicago area is in full swing, there is a risk of fatal construction accidents, falls from heights, injuries due to dangerous tools and other related incidents.

Employers in the construction industry, as well as other fields, are urged by state authorities to take all necessary precautions and abide by the guidelines provided by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration in order to provide their workers with a safe working environment. Most employers subscribe to the workers' compensation program, which is insurance in case a worker gets injured on the job.

In case a worker suffers from a work-related injury, then he or she may have a case for workers' compensation. Illinois workers are not only entitled to medical attention including first-aid and other medical treatments, but employers are also required by law to provide any treatment and rehabilitation that the worker needs in order to recuperate from their injuries. In cases of workers who have died from their workplace injuries, death benefits are available to the worker's family.

In cases where the worker is disabled due to a workplace injury, the worker's entire lifestyle can change due to their impairments and disability. These injured workers and their loved ones often consult with professional attorneys in order to initiate a workers' compensation lawsuit in order to seek remedy under the existing legal system.

As many Illinois residents know, medical treatments can be exorbitant. If an injured worker suffers from a disability which hinders his or her ability to seek gainful employment or even dies because of these injuries, the victim's family can be under a lot of financial pressure to pay the medical bills and replace lost income. Therefore, initiating a workers' compensation lawsuit may be able to significantly aid a grieving family.

Source: IWCC.IL.gov, "Illinois workers' compensation commission," Accessed on July 16, 2015

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