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The Relationship Between Workers’ Compensation and Personal Injury Claims in Southern Illinois
For many injured workers, filing for workers’ comp is the only recourse. In some cases, however, there is the opportunity to pursue additional compensation by filing a personal injury claim. These claims are referred to as third-party claims, because they are against parties other than the victim’s employer.
To be clear, this does not mean you can sue your employer in a personal injury claim for more money. However, Illinois law does allow you to pursue a personal injury case for the same situation for which you are filing a workers' compensation claim.
Third-Party Claims in Illinois
It is important to hire an experienced Southern Illinois personal injury lawyer for your workers' compensation claim in Illinois. Your lawyer should have a deep understanding of both workers' compensation policy and personal injury law in the state of Illinois. While to file a workers' compensation claim in Illinois the employer does not have to be proven at fault for your injuries, establishing fault is a requirement for personal injury claims. To understand all of your options and receive counsel on the options available to you, speak to a Hassakis & Hassakis workers' compensation lawyer today.
There are many scenarios in which a third-party personal injury claim may be a reasonable form of additional legal recourse. If you were injured by a defective machine or vehicle part while working, you may have a personal injury claim against the manufacturer who made the faulty part or the company responsible for servicing or maintaining your work equipment. If your work requires you to drive a motor vehicle and, in the process, you are involved in a car accident caused by a distracted driver, you could file an Illinois personal injury claim against the other driver. Consult with your Southern Illinois workers' compensation lawyer right away to understand if you may have additional third-party claims.
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Our trusted attorneys focus on our clients’ needs, and we do everything we can to help them get the maximum possible compensation for their workplace injuries so they can focus on recovery and moving on with their life. If you or a loved one has sustained any type of injury while working, call us at618-244-5335 or contact us online for a free consultation with an experienced Illinois workers' compensation attorney. We will provide a thorough, complimentary, no-obligation consultation to review your case and determine how we can best help you recover from your workplace accident. We’re from Southern Illinois, too, so we understand how valuable it is to our clients to have lawyers who are willing to come to them and serve them in their community. Since opening in 1950, we have covered countless miles throughout Southern Illinois to meet our clients where they need us, without charge, and that’s not going to change. Last year alone, Mark D. Hassakis logged 45,000 miles to see clients throughout the State.