Illinois workers compensation laws stipulate that workers who are injured during the course of performing their job activities will be entitled to both compensation for their medical bills (associated with treatment of their workplace injury) and a percentage of their lost wages if their injury prevents them from working. When it comes to recovering lost wages, injured workers are legally entitled to receiving 67 percent – or two-thirds – of their weekly salary or wages for every week that they are unable to work due to their job-related injury. Such injuries can include new physical injuries injuries, aggravations of pre-existing injuries and repetitive stress injuries (such as carpal tunnel syndrome).
Recovering Lost Wages Due to Inability to Work
In the event that workplace injuries leave workers unable to return to their previous job, irreversibly partially disabled or permanently disabled, the injured workers will also be entitled to collect compensation for their lost wages associated with their inability to work in the future. Possible avenues by which injured workers can secure compensation for lost wages associated with their inability to work include through:
- Illinois workers compensation laws, which include stipulations that employers pay for vocational training for injured workers who are not able to return to their previous jobs but who can still work and need additional training to secure other jobs in the future
- Federal social security disability, which can provide compensation to injured workers who are unable to work in any capacity for at least one year. When assessing eligibility for these benefits, case workers will evaluate all injuries or illnesses that a worker has (regardless of whether they were related specifically to the job-related injury).
- Private insurance policies for short-term or long-term disability benefits, which are paid into monthly by employees who have them. These benefits are intended to provide additional compensation in the event an injured party is unable to work and is not able to obtain enough compensation through other avenues.
At the law firm of Hassakis & Hassakis, P.C., our experienced Mount Vernon workers compensation lawyers have been providing client-centered representation to our Southern Illinois clients since 1950. 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, contact us by calling (800)-553-3125 for a free, thorough assessment of your case, along with professional advice regarding the best manner in which to move forward.