Hurt On the Job
Workers’ compensation is a no-fault system of benefits paid by an employer to workers who experience job-related injuries or diseases. The types of injuries that are covered are those caused in accidents or by repetitive movement. Also, since workers’ compensation cases are no fault, it does not matter whether or not the employer was being negligent at the time of injury. The court system for workers’ compensation cases is operated by the IWCC.
By law, most employers must carry workers’ compensation insurance. Once the employer reports the accident to its insurance company, a claims adjuster at the insurance company will take over the case and determine whether the insurance is going to pay benefits. If the case becomes complicated or is scheduled for a court hearing, the insurance company will hire an attorney. Berg & Berg will negotiate on your behalf with the claims adjuster and the opposing counsel. Once you have retained Berg & Berg as your attorney, the insurance company is not supposed to communicate directly with you.
Lastly, a trial in a worker’s compensation case is much like any other trial. Please keep all items of evidentiary value like costs, bills, and photograph the various stages of your injury and recovery.
If you or a loved one were hurt at work and would like a free consultation, please call us at (773) 823-9000 or click here.