Can You Sue Your Employer If You Get Hurt at Work?

Work accidentIn the state of Illinois, most workers are covered by workers’ compensation insurance, which they can use in the event they get hurt on the job. Workers’ comp provides compensation for medical costs and lost income. However, because most employees are covered by workers’ comp, Illinois law prevents them from suing their employers for a work injury, meaning they can’t be compensated for things such as pain and suffering.

If you are injured on the job, you are entitled to workers’ compensation if your injury is work related. Even if the injury was your fault, you are an employee and have a right to collect compensation for your medical bills and lost wages. It saves many people a lot of time and doesn’t punish you if you made a mistake that led to your injury, unlike in a personal injury lawsuit.

The only exception to this rule is you can sue someone other than your employer. For example, if a property owner or equipment manufacturer was responsible for causing your injury, you are allowed to pursue a third-party lawsuit.

As an employee, you can collect temporary total disability payments (equal to 2/3 of your average weekly wage), and all related and reasonable medical expenses should be covered. While the law indicates you can’t sue your employer for compensation, often using workers’ compensation is a favorable system.

If you’re unsure how to file a workers’ compensation claim, or your claim was denied, talk to one of our skilled Chicago work accidents attorneys at Pintas & Mullins Law Firm. Workplace injuries can seriously affect your livelihood and could prevent you from getting back to your job. Let us help guide you through the process of getting the financial assistance you need. Our firm has a long track record of success in verdicts and settlements, and we have handled cases that required a lawsuit against a third party. Let us see what we can do for you.

Contact us at (888) 444-9136 or fill out our online form to schedule your free case consultation today. We are available to take your call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

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