CHICAGO, IL – If you were injured in a work-related accident and it was due to another’s negligence, you may seek to recover damages through a personal injury claim or a workers’ compensation claim. The stakes are high when filing a personal injury claim in civil court since you must prove the negligent party was at-fault; however, compensation can be significantly more than what can be recovered through a workers’ compensation claim.
Types of Injury Claims in Illinois: Personal Injury vs. Workers’ Compensation
Illinois workers who are hurt on-the-job are entitled to recover damages through workers’ compensation insurance which is provided by their employer. Illinois workers are able to receive workers’ compensation benefits, regardless of who was at-fault, but they may not collect benefits for pain and suffering.
If a third-party was involved and negligently caused your injuries, it’s best to consult with an experienced Chicago personal injury lawyer.
Both claims are based on different factors, but the biggest and most important difference is that personal injury claims are based on fault, while a workers’ compensation claim does not.
Personal Injury Claims
Personal injury claims can cover work-related injuries and accidents, as well as various types of injuries and trauma caused by car accidents, slip and fall accidents, sport-related injures, and more. A skilled personal injury lawyer will successfully secure compensation for medical expenses and future medical expenses, lost wages and future lost wages, pain and suffering, mental suffering and emotional anguish, and loss of enjoyment of life.
This is typically paid in one lump sum or settlement arrangements may be made.
Workers’ Compensation Claims
Workers’ compensation claims in Illinois can cover work-related injuries and illnesses, defined by the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Commission.
Workers compensation is a system of benefits that may pay for the medical cost of job-related injuries and diseases and starts from the moment a job begins.
How the Dinizulu Law Group Can Help You
If you or someone you love has been injured in a work-related accident that was due to another’s negligence, contact us now to discuss your legal rights and options. Our skilled attorneys understand this can be a stressful time and truly understand the importance of your case. To learn more about your options, please call us for a free consultation at (312) 384-1920 or visit our website for more information.