Workers’ Compensation

Lake County Workers’ Compensation Lawyer

In a perfect world, you will never suffer from an on-the-job injury. In a less perfect world, if you do get hurt at work you’ll receive workers’ compensation benefits quickly and with minimal hassle or objection. But in the world we live and work in, too many Illinois workers face unfair and unnecessary roadblocks that prevent them from receiving the benefits they deserve. If you’re frustrated, confused, or angry because you are not getting the benefits and medical care you need to recover and support your family, you can turn to Lake County workers’ compensation lawyer Kirk Moyer.

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For over two decades, Kirk has made it his mission to stand up for the rights of hard-working injury victims and their families. He understands the twin challenges faced by workers who are recovering from a severe injury while being unable to earn a paycheck. He also knows how employers and their insurance companies can make those struggles even worse by standing in the way of much-needed workers’ compensation benefits.

Securing Workers' Compensation Benefits for People Injured on the Job

That is why Kirk is relentless in his efforts to secure benefits and justice for his clients. Through his commitment, tenacity, and understanding of the complexities and nuance of workers’ compensation law, he has recovered millions of dollars for workers and other injury victims. As a result, he has earned a reputation as one of the best workers’ compensation lawyers in Libertyville and across Lake County.

Quite simply, if you need workers’ compensation benefits, you want Kirk Moyer in your corner.

Understanding Illinois’ Workers’ Compensation System

Like all other states, Illinois has set up a workers’ compensation system designed to quickly get injured workers money and the medical care they need. It does so through a deal between employers and employees that has advantages for everyone involved.

For injured workers, they are spared from having to file a personal injury lawsuit in which they need to prove that their employer was negligent or at fault for their accident. Such lawsuits can take a long time and may not result in a verdict or settlement that puts money in the injury victim’s pocket. If you lose your case, you get nothing at all.

While you don’t need to prove fault to obtain workers’ compensation benefits, you do need to show that you suffered an injury, that the injury was work-related, and that you are fully or partially disabled because of the injury
If you can show those three things, you are entitled to benefits which include:

  • Payment of reasonable and related medical bills;
  • Two-thirds of your lost wages for time off work due to injury (TTD);
  • PPD or Permanent Partial Disability payment, usually a lump sum settlement, based on the nature and extent of your injury
  • vocational rehabilitation assistance; and/or
  • death benefits for the families of workers killed in a workplace accident

The tradeoff for employees is that they typically cannot file a personal injury lawsuit against their employer for an on-the-job injury. This spares employers from the costs, uncertainty and potentially large jury verdicts involved in such suits.

Because most Illinois employers must, by law, carry workers’ compensation insurance or self-insure against workplace injuries, the majority of Illinois workers are protected against the prospect of losing their livelihood because of a work accident.

But that is only the case when the system works as it should.

When Employers Fight Your Right to Receive Benefits, We Fight Back

After a workplace accident, an injured worker should report the incident to their employer. At that point, the employer must provide the information and forms the employee needs to file a claim for workers’ compensation benefits.
The sad reality for many workers, however, is that obtaining these benefits is often a struggle. Like all insurance companies, the ones that provide workers’ compensation coverage to employers want to pay out as little as possible in claims. That means that the insurer may question your right to receive benefits. It might allege that your injury wasn’t job-related. It might assert that your injuries were preexisting or aren’t as severe as you claim, or otherwise don’t warrant the benefits you are seeking.

Additionally, even though the law also prohibits employers from firing or retaliating against employees for seeking benefits, employers may try to discourage an employee from filing a claim or intimidate them into not doing so.

Sometimes, the roadblock standing in the way of benefits isn’t the employer, but the injured worker who inadvertently makes mistakes or fails to follow the rules which govern their claims. While the workers’ compensation system may seem simple in theory, the reality is that the claims process can be extremely complicated. One misstep can cost an injured worker tens or hundreds of thousands of dollars in benefits.

That is why so many injured workers seek the help of an experienced workers compensation lawyer. If your employer is not holding up its end of the deal and ignoring its legal obligations, you need a skilled workers’ compensation attorney. You need a lawyer who understands the complexity of Illinois’ workers’ compensation laws, rules, and regulations. You need a lawyer who knows how to get you the benefits you deserve and has the tenacity and determination to get the job done.

Speak for Free Today With an Experienced Lake County Workers’ Compensation Lawyer

If you have suffered an on-the-job injury and are struggling to get the benefits you need and deserve, please call Lake County workers’ compensation lawyer Kirk Moyer at (847) 244-3444 to arrange for your FREE initial consultation.