Under Illinois law, workers are entitled to compensation arising out of and in the course of employment. According to the Workers’ Compensation Commission, this includes injuries that are caused either wholly or partially by an employee’s work. Exactly what constitutes work, though, and when is an injury caused by work? These are straightforward questions that aren’t always easy to answer.
What if a worker is injured while travelling to and from a job site? What if an employee is injured after clocking out, either on the premises or off? What if the injury occurs during while the employee is on a lunch break? What if the injury was caused by an unusual event not related to the employee’s work? What if the injury is the result of years of exposure to a toxic substance? There are a variety of possible scenarios and it important to be aware of the obligations an employer has with respect to workers’ compensation.
Unfortunately, employers and their insurance carriers are often eager to find some means of denying or minimizing benefits to injured employees. When this happens, working with an experienced attorney can provide an injured employee with the guidance and advocacy they need to see the process through without having their rights trampled on.
Whether you are injured on the job because of exposure to a toxic substance like asbestos or from a fall, crash or repetitive use injury, our firm can provide you the advocacy you need to ensure your rights are protected. Though we cannot guarantee a specific outcome in any case, we can ensure that you receive the best possible legal advocacy.